This is, in a way, a rebirth of my last year's outfit seen HERE. That time, I wore this dress with my animal print coat (although, for some reason, I didn't take any photos of the coat that day). This time, I wanted something different, and the combination with my bouclé cream long vest came to mind. The vest was part of a Spring collection, but it's quite a heavy and fully-lined textured piece that I find wearable in all seasons (except for hot Summer days, obviously).
This vest gave the outfit an immediate pulled-together look that I was going for. It is extremely rare these days that I attend any formal events, and it wasn't a terribly official situation this time, oh no, but it was an important meeting, and I wanted to feel pulled together, but not stuffy.
I really like how this outfit came together. I chose just one jewelry piece, and it's the genuine vintage brooch I bought via Bella a.k.a The Citizen Rosebud. I like that it adds charm to my simple outfit. I also knew that glasses would be the right accessory to define my face, along with a fresh pixie cut and red lipstick - that's my usual choice these days.
It might come as a surprise, but I don't feel boring wearing these simple lines. On the contrary, I feel feminine and sensual. I feel like the woman that I am. I think my love of such streamlined silhouettes comes from my Mom who used to work as a teacher, and her looks were always school appropriate and put together, but at the same time very feminine. Mom and I have almost identical body shapes. She managed to stay fit, while I didn't, but we are two different people who live two different lives, and I am not complaining or regretting anything about mine.
Mama in my hometown in the early 1970s (with me barely visible in the background)
and in Crimea in the early 1980s.
The thing is, this body is all I have. I can't open my closet and change it to something that suits my current mood better, the way I change dresses. So I better like it and appreciate it for what it is at any given moment in time. From an imaginative little girl with two blond braids, to an adventurous young woman who flew half the world to find her one true love, to a woman who gave birth to a child, built a new community for others and a new life for herself on her new continent, and now is trying to figure out what else she wants to create in her life - all of it is one woman in one body, ever changing, yet still the same. I love the idea of reincarnation, but even when some day my soul is reborn, it will be reborn in another, new body. This body, I can only have once.
Me in my travels to Crimea in the early 1980s and in Taiwan in the early 2000s.
Sweater dress, long vest and faux fur scarf - Lane Bryant (last year)
Purse - Michael Kors via TJ MAXX (75% off, last Summer)
Boots - Aquatalia via Nordstrom Rack (last year)
Brooch - vintage via Citizen Rosebud
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