Does anyone else ever have those days (or evenings/nights) where they've planned an outfit for however long in advance only to put it on and...not feel quite right in it? That's what happened to me last Saturday night. I was determined to wear this late 70s maxi-turned-mini dress (and even bought new tights to wear with it) but when it was on I knew I loved the way the outfit looked but it just didn't feel right for that night. And it was even stressing me out because I had had my heart set on this outfit (pictured below) but I didn't feel at ease in it for some reason, even though I loved (and still do) the way it all looked together and even how it looked on me. So I ended up changing (into this outfit, more or less) and feeling infinitely better. But I did take photos and I didn't want to waste them so I thought I would do a what-I-didn't-wear post, instead.
Outfit details: 1970s dress - op-shop; jewellery - various; tights - Sportsgirl; 1940s shoes - etsy.
I've already mentioned that, ever since dyeing my hair red, I've had a craving for orange clothes, despite never having been much of a fan before. And aren't these tights a delicious colour?
The main reason I didn't wear this was that I didn't feel like wearing it for a night of cabaret shows. If I'd been going out to dance the night away to some indie and/or 60s tunes then I would have been more than happy to wear this. It's so very silly, yet one of the most important things for me in my personal style is to feel comfortable and at ease (if not always physically then mentally and emotionally) and I didn't, so I changed. Quite simple, in the end.
I'm not entirely certain about these shoes with the outfit but black felt too harsh and, despite being a pair of '40s shoes, the shape still goes quite well with the outfit (not surprising as '40s styles, even in shoes, were reused in the '70s, anyway). But I think I'd like a slightly lighter pair of shoes or maybe something that isn't lace-up...or maybe flat shoes. Shoes are so often a stumper for me! Orange and brown is so very '70s, though.
As I said, I still love this outfit - the colours of the dress are gorgeous - and I will be wearing it at some point again, before the end of winter...and I'm sure it will even make it out of the house then!
Andi B. Goode