At that point, I shoved them into my backpack, hopped on my bike and pedaled over to the thrift store to drop them in the donation bin! Seriously folks, I had visions of putting them all back into the closet where they could sit there mocking me for another 6 years or so.
Here's the thing. I really do like each and every one of those dresses - I just don't feel terribly comfortable wearing any of them. As I thought about it, I realized that each one was just too... well, too something for my personality. Too formal, too sexy, too girly, too matronly, too sophisticated, too young, too... well, you get the picture.
I mean, in reality each of those things is one aspect of my personality, but when I'd put those dresses on, I always felt like I was just trying too hard in one sense or another. Like I was trying to be someone other than my current, right-here, right-now self. It felt like I was wearing a costume instead of clothing.
I guess I'm slowly coming to the place in my life where I'm losing the desire to try to remake myself into some grander version of me. I'm not totally there yet... as you'll see by the stuff that I did keep, but I'm slowly evolving in that direction.
Anyhow, here's what I did keep. (Sorry about the photo quality - I had a harder time with it this go-round.)
The Funeral Dress.
I'm not actually wild about this one, but it was better than the other funeral dress and I figured I'd keep it "just in case" (oh... I can feel myself slipping on that precarious slope...)
The Short Casual Dress.
I could actually see myself wearing this one to a restaurant or party if the mood was right.
The Purple Sporty One
Sorry about the crazy pose... I was trying to show you the slit in the back, which I really like. Not sure why, but this one just feels soooo much more comfortable than any of the others.
And my very favorite.
I have no earthly idea where I'd possibly wear this one, but I just LOVE it. I don't know if you can see in the picture, but it's iridescent crushed velvet, and when the light catches it, it shines with all sorts of different colors. I'm not sure what I like so much about it... it's sexy enough without being over the top, sophisticated but still whimsical, fancy but still feels a bit bohemian... I dunno... just feels more "me" than most dresses do.
And then, of course, we have umm... what's it called? Oh yea... reality! Truth be told, on the rare occasion that I actually do have to "look nice" this is what I generally wear. I have about half a dozen nice blouses and I generally pair one with my favorite black slacks.
Because, when it comes right down to it, I really am just a T-shirt and jeans kind of a girl!