You may remember from 2 years ago about this tradition of mine. I wear a dress or a skirt on my birthday. Always. Every year. Because I want to.
Birthdays are kind of a big deal in my opinion. They celebrate another year of someones existence and contribution to this world. I think that’s pretty important and cause to celebrate. And I do that by wearing a dress- to each her own.
To be fair, I wear dresses and skirts pretty regularly. I like them. Even though they are a regular part of my wardrobe, I still think they are a little more special than throwing on a pair of jeans.
For this year, the big 3-0, I did not break tradition. My day did not consist of anything really special. I took myself out to the library, did a little driving around town just for the sake of it, and did a little shopping- though I didn’t actually buy anything. Simple pleasures of life. I still wore my dress for all of that though. It was my birthday. I wanted to feel special.
I wore this dress that I designed several years ago. Even though it is one of my favorite dresses, I don’t actually wear it that much. I usually talk myself out of it saying that it is too dressy. On Tuesday though, I said “screw it!”, and wore my dress.
There are a lot of things I love about this dress. I love the structure of it. I love the piping detail. I love the coral and cream fabric. I love that I incorporated both sides of the fabric. I love the full, twirly skirt. I just really love this dress! I’m happy it’s the one I chose to wear.
A woman even stopped me while shopping to compliment me on my dress. I thanked her and we chatted a little about how much we both love full skirt dresses. To that woman though, thank you doesn’t quite sum up how much that compliment meant to me. You, as a stranger, validated a career path that I sometimes question. And you did it on a birthday that was quite significant to me. It really was like a hug to my heart and ego. I wish I would have told you that in person.
After my day off of leisure I went out to dinner with my family for a ridiculously delicious and indulgent meal. My dress was a bit snugger after this, but it was a wonderful way to end the day 🙂 Wearing one of my own (favorite) creations to ring in the next decade.
I think I am actually ready to see what the 30’s are all about!
*Note- I apparently like this dress so much, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it for the photoshoot. Seriously. In all the pictures I am looking down.*