Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Birthday Dress

"You know I'm gonna be 25 in June"
"You are?"
"That's a quarter of a century, makes a girl think."
"About what?"
"The future."
Some Like it Hot (1959)

I've been waiting years, ages, practically my entire life until I would be 25, just the right age to be able to quote that line for a while and have it apply to me. I don't think at six I knew what a quarter of a century was, but that didn't matter to me one little bit, because it was just the most glorious fun of a line to say.

Somehow, I also never really cared much about birthday outfits (I'm not entirely sure why I stuck that somehow in there, or the also, but I can't just leave these two sections unconnected without some kind of verbal hand-holding going on to string them together sloppily) but this year I was struck by a need to have a bona-fide birthday dress. It also means I could justify the kind of dress purchase I would normally think thrice about.

Of course I got it into my head that this was the one I had to have. Of course, there is no Anthropologie anywhere near here (psst, put one here, it is the best idea!) but I had seen the thing on a recent day trip, and just loved the print to little pieces. It helps that it looks very much like a vintage dress that is amazing and just tight enough in the waist to keep me from wearing it to any activity that involves eating, drinking, breathing, or moving.

Details: Dress: Anthropologie; Shoes: Anthropologie (2009); Bag: Aldo Outlet

Despite a setback or two, I had the thing in my grubby little hands just in time for a birthday dinner. It wasn't the actual day, but for a celebration I plunged into the unnecessary items I overpacked and attempted to do justice with lipstick and heels to the little dandelion print.

But then today is my real-deal birthday, so I wore it again.


Details: Dress: Anthropologie; Shoes: Urban Outfitters; Bag: Vintage; Jacket: Vintage

With some rather out-of-place looking shoes I somehow miraculously acquired for ten dollars.




And now that it is almost post-August 11th, I can start thinking about sweaters and tights, boots, and jackets and scarves without feeling bedraggled by the rest of summer.


Photos by John.

26 comments:

  1. last year i became obsessed with the idea of birthday dresses. it's the one time of year about you, and i also just had my birthday, but have yet to blog about my dress. i love yours. it's perfect on you. i even love the quirky pairing with the shoes and the little bolero/jacket/cardigan. so cute.

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  2. This dress transitions nicely to casual. I love the cut and the print. I've never done a birthday dress, either, but I may do so in the future.

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  3. Last year I spent forever picking out my birthday dress. I ended up buying a dress covered in Skulls and roses. And I got all guissed up to go the the hole in the wall bar in town and loved every moment of it, every "oh my goodness! Is that skulls?????" It rocked. And now my 30th is approaching in a few months and I'm already searching for the perfect dress. But before last year....It never really mattered.

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  4. It's a lovely way to age. Happy birthday!

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  5. love that quote so much. i love the dress too. great blog, it is absolutely lovely. :)

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  6. The back of that dress is so beautiful!! Also, I love that polka-dot cover-up

    unpetitchatblanc.blogspot.com

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  7. Happy birthday!
    The back of that dress is so 90s in a really, really good way, and also sort of 50s-sundress-style too.
    Enjoy your year of 25.

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  8. It is such a pretty dress and it looks lovely on you (both ways). I had my birthday not long ago but didn't get the chance to celebrate so my birthday dress is still hanging in the closet, oh well...
    Happy birthday:)

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  9. Very lovely dress and love the way you put it together for both outings:) Enjoy 25! Being close to doubling that age, I'm thinking more Chanel when I make quote references...you know the one: something about nature giving you the face at 20 but having to merit the one you have at 50! Teeheehee:)

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  10. happy 25th birthday! i'll be 25 next year. crazy, isn't it? i love your dress and think that's such a neat idea to actually buy a "birthday dress." maybe i'll do that next year for my 25th :)

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  11. Hey, I saw that bag not long ago! It was cute, I contemplated buying it but then opted on being cheap and leaving it there XD

    That's a really lovely dress though, I hope you find lots of frilly reasons to wear it.

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  12. I love having the birthday dresses tradition, it's one I intend to keep! You look as pretty as a picture here:)

    xx

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  13. Oh I looooooove this whole combination of colors and patterns and things. Also happy late birthday, ahh! I hope 25 is lovely and wonderfully awesome for you, because it was kind of traumatic for me, ahaha. :)

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  14. happy birthday to you. Looks like you are getting some wear out of that dress so it was totally worth the splurge :)

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  15. Happy Birthday!!! Love that dress and everything else from anthro. You look amazing!!! Both outfit's are great!!!

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  16. Happy Birthday!

    That is a lovely dress! Absolutely lovely.

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  17. Great quote. I will be 25 next year, it seems ever so mature.love the dress, the back is stunning

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  18. Your dress is so gorgeous! <3 I love the dotted jacket you wear with it too! Gorgeous!


    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  19. Happy birthday! Although it's belated by now. Just wanted to say that I love your blog! You put together some of the loveliest outfits!

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  20. having a birthday dress rules! and this one is lovely. I wore the same dress two years in a row for my birthday now, am totally going to wear it next year too (and, hell, probably the year after too!).
    You look lovely :)

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  21. Happy (belated?) birthday! I'm loving your out-of-place $10 oxfords! Tell us, are they comfy?

    <3 jen @ stuffjendid

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  22. Love the pois jacket!!♥

    xx Elle from http://talonsetbonbons.blogspot.com/

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  23. damn, i love the detail on the back of that dress.

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  24. hi there...regards from Indonesia.

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