Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fashion as Escapism: The Floral Dress

Sometimes we have to deal with grown up stuff. Being a person who talks about/laughs at doo doo on the regular, I'd be lying if I said the grown up stuff didn't have the propensity to really, severely, cry-on-my-bed-and-pout bum me out. It's times like these when utilizing fashion as a form of escapism comes in handy.
Perhaps as a knee jerk reaction to the sussing out of grown up stuff in my life recently, I turned to this playfully youthful floral dress. It's one of those modernized, hemmed and trimmed vintage secretary dresses. I'm actually surprised there aren't photos of me twirling in this bad boy, because that's all I want to do when I sport it. The gal in this dress doesn't care about bills or resumes. She just wants to TWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRLLLL!
I suppose that's the lesson for today. When life hands you grown up bullshit, sometimes you just have to put on a girly dress and twirl like a damn 6 year old. 
Do you ever use your closet to escape? 
{Dress: Vintage, available at Westminster and Fifth
{Clutch: Thrifted Vintage (similar)}
{Boots: Vintage, Dolly Python (similar)}
{Glasses: Borrowed from my friend, Rynn (these are rad too)}


  1. Gorgeous as always. I have the same boots and I love them!

  2. OH YEAH. I am currently doing so. Everything is up in the air at the moment and I feel like looking pulled-together might lead to feeling it.

    Wishing you luck in your endeavors!

  3. OF COURSE I DO! It consoles me, soothes me. You look utterly carefree and happy as a clam in these photos, so I think the dress has definitely served it's purpose here ;) I hope you feel better. Big girl shit sucks the damn life outta ya sometimes, I feel ya there.

    xo Britt

  4. I do that too, I think fashion was invented to escape grown up bullshit. That's why I don't get people who don't care for it, or music, art, good books. What do you have then, alcohol?
    super cute dress, in my favorite color!

  5. Cute dress! And fashion is a nice escape for me as well :)

  6. Wearing a pretty, twirly dress is a nice way to momentarily escape the shit of life. The dress is adorable, and as always I'm envious of your photography skills :)

    Mili from call me, Maeby

  7. I like the way you think. A very pretty woman, you are!

    Love, Amy
    A. Loo's Closet

  8. Love this.. Elizabeth Taylor said it well, "put on some lipstick, pour yourself a drink and pull yourself together..." You feel like twirling girl, then go get your twirl on!

  9. You are right! We may not want to, but we have accept some day that we are grown-ups now! You look great! Love the dress..

  10. Oh my goodness, that dress is just so twirl-worthy. I just love the color and the pattern; plus, the boots are just the perfect way to rough it up a little.

    I was so that kid. There are pictures of nine year old me in this yellow floral dress twirling around in the background as my sister was going to her senior prom. Yeahhh, stealing the show even as a youngster. :P


  11. yeh, the fact i'm a grown up sometimes numbs my soul, until i draw a picture or watch cartoons and realize i can be a grown up and still do fun things.
    loving your sunnies.

  12. Being a grown up sucks!!! I wanna stay a lazy hobo forever!
    Always love your outfits, this fashion escapism is very pretty! :D

  13. Amazing look! This kin of dresses with boots are one of my favourite mixes!

    - Laura

  14. That dress looks so breezy and comfortable! I would probably wear that thing every day!
    Leah Faye
    e plus l

  15. Looking good girl! I absolutely love that dress and your ability to find such amazing vintage things!

    xoxo Iris

  16. I completely know the feeling you're describing, Ashley - as a person who still regularly eats chocolate cereal for breakfast and lunch, and mostly watches cartoon movies, I'm generally not into grown-up things, particularly when they're difficult, unpleasant and/or involve money. But that's what fashion blogging and dressing up are for... I actually started my blog at one of the toughest, most adult times of my life {planning my wedding while working the worst job I've ever had, where my boss wouldn't even speak to me} and it helped. A lot. This dress is so sweet and fun on you, and it looks like it helped to cheer you up, too, which is the most important thing :)

  17. I know exactly what you mean with needing to escape, real life has been a bot too much recently!

    Maria xxx

  18. That dress is adorable, and I love it paired with those boots! I don't know if I would say that I use my wardrobe for escaping per say, but it's definitely nice sometimes to dress in a way you don't normally dress and feel like someone else for a day. Is that escaping? I don't know haha. I usually call it dress-up.

  19. I love the combination as well, the romantic dress with the "though" boots!

  20. Gorgeous! I love your style!

  21. Gorgeous! Those boots give the dress a real edge!


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