Hello! Just checking in super quick today! I’m second-shooting a wedding with my favorite photographer friend Joanna (I get to shoot on a Canon 6D people! It’s going to be magic), so starving ourselves whilst photographing the wedding party’s every move will be taking place all. day. Woohoo! 😀
Dress: Vintage / Shoes: BAIT Footwear via Zulily / Necklace: Vintage / Hair Flower: F21
The outfit I have to share with you is composed of a few humdrum accessories combined with a very special piece: my very first vintage dress. It’s a silk dupioni frock with piping all along the 1/4 circle skirt, drawstring gathered sleeves, and the most well-fitting wrap kimono top. It’s truly the perfect summer formal dress, with such an airy, effortless silhouette: you really feel like a princess when wearing it. And would you believe that I scored this blue beauty for only $24 when I was 13? It’s been taken on several outings to only the most special and formal events. But when those are few and far between, it hangs in my closet quite forlorn, awaiting its next luxurious event to attend in a grand state of formality.
Well, I wouldn’t really call Church a “formal” or “grand” event, but when I was browsing through my wardrobe looking for something vintage to wear on Sunday, I remembered this dress and thought, “Hey, you only live once! Why not wear it to Church?” So I did. It wasn’t a grand ball, a formal dinner, or anything of that nature, but dresses don’t hang in closets just to be looked at and dreamt about! I do understand that some items do have certain values and styles about them that limit our ability to wear them frequently… but with this dress, it didn’t have “prom” or “formal” pasted all over the front, and the only thing holding me back from wearing it was some nostalgia and self-set limitations. So! Off to Church I went feeling very much like a well-dressed 1950s teen. It was marvelous.
The moral of this story? You only live once, so live life to the fullest! I love the way Saint Augustine puts it: Love God, and do as you please.
How do you live out the expression: You Only Live Once?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer