The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I’ve been looking for a shirt dress to thrift for a long time. The seed of desire for one was planted by Sal at Already Pretty, who always looks fabulous in hers. I know some of y’all might be thinking, “Good grief, how boring is a shirt dress?” but remember I work in a law firm.
I’ve also always loved 50s fashion, with the crisp button-front shirts, narrow waists, and wide skirts, but that look is not easy for a short skinny woman with a pencil body type to wear. I’ve tried many, many shirt dresses, and they usually have too much fabric for my petite, straight figure.
When I saw this Talbots shirt dress in a local consignment store, I almost skipped over it. First, it’s a 10P, and I’ve lost weight recently, so am even smaller than my usual 4-6 in a dress size.
Second, it’s black. For most of my working life, I have been a Monochrome Girl, sticking to mostly blacks and grays, with white blouses thrown in for excitement. Insert yawn here. Since actively budget career style-blogging for almost a year, I’ve had a no-black purchases rule because how many black clothes can one woman own, right?, but recently I had an epiphany.
Black is my freakin’ favorite color to wear. I like black. Let me repeat that. I LIKE BLACK! (So in addition to the black shirt dress, I bought a black Ann Taylor skirt with a cool front kick pleat for $10. I’ll purge one of the less nice black skirts I already own to make room for it.)
Back to the shirt dress. It is very tailored and has only a little fullness in the softly pleated skirt. It’s a little big on me, but belts fix the waist, and I like the loose comfort of the rest of it.
I played around with styling it on Sunday afternoon (so good to even feel like playing a little dress-up again now that The Teen is home and feeling better), but I’d love to hear your suggestions. I did try to find a longer skirt to layer underneath (heavily influenced by the lovely Sheila), but I don’t having anything not black that’s long enough.
And, oh yes, this dress will be coming to a post near you soon with one of Megan Mae’s gorgeous obi belts.
So I’ve admitted that I love black and dressing like a 50s housewife. Please feel free to share any fashion love of yours that you feel a bit sheepish about here 🙂