Hello my sweet flowers!
It's spring, don't you know?!!
I feel like I'm coming alive now that spring is well and truly here. Does the coming of warmer months do that to you too?
I'm clearly not a winter person and that manifests in my attitude and niggly health problems in the colder months. Then give me a little run of sunny blue-sky days, a jade sea and a garden filled with chatty birds and I am a totally renewed person. Body and spirit feel 10 years younger.
You know, I might just stretch that to 40 years younger because I I'm finding myself drawn to fresh summer dresses which are very similar in style to those I wore in the early 70s.
And when I dress the part, I am the part! I'm 23 again, and feeling that young, free spirit vibe.
Attitude is a big part of the battle on that long and inevitable slide into old age and if a simple sundress keeps me on a positive high for a few months of the year, well that's just got be better than anything that comes in a blister pack eh?!
I'm even styling my dresses as I did in my early 20s.
I'm finding these rejuvenating dresses in Primark, of all places. Here's a short video of my initial try on - it's only 4 minutes long and it plots out the beginning of my summer dress journey, so please take a peek at it.
So my latest dress find is this pretty blue and white affair.
Great news. The Photographer declared this dress a keeper!
And I feel young and fancy-free in it,
so it's a keeper with me too.
I feel like a spring chicken in it, and he gets a "younger" wife - winner winner, spring chicken dinner, YAY !!
Worn with a jean jacket, the essential transitioning item, is just adding to the 70s vibe I'm getting from this dress.
It's a style that spans the 40s and 50s too, IMO, and these are style decades that I have always been drawn to.
What do you think of those style eras?
Do you have a style decade that makes your pulse race?!
I teamed my frill-hem sundress with gold sparkle espadrille wedges, a shoe style that also spans the 40s-70s and now back again here in the teensies.
Heavens, this outfit is like looking at fashion standing still !
The jeans shirt is another overlay I was glued to in my 20s. However, a denim shacket doesn't work as well as the jacket, as it throws the proportions out of sync, rule of thirds and all that. But you know, if I was racing out the door on a cooler day and my hand felt this on the dark cloakroom clothes rail, I'd have no qualms in going out in this duo either. Yeah, I know, I'm such a rule-of-thirds-breaking anarchist eh?!
The buttoned sundress is made up in a beautiful soft toile de jouy fabric, a print style always guaranteed to get my heart pit-a-patting. I like very few prints and toile de jouy is in my top 3.
Oh and the dress is fully lined.
I shortened the straps for ease of wear, otherwise it would need a camisole or an arsenal of safety pins to keep me decent!
So if you too want to put a 20s spring into your 60s step, then head on down to your nearest Fountain of Youth, a.k.a Primark.
And take £15 with you, for that's the ticket price to turn back time!
Now, you'll see in vid that I bought another summer item on my pilgrimage to the FoY emporium, which I thought I'd slip in at the end of the week, so please pop back on Friday and see what else is making me feel 20 again.
I leave you with a couple of questions.
Is wearing styles that you wore 40+ years ago considered muttonish?
And is it so wrong to want to wear styles you wore back then?
A la perchoine,