Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fit and Flare Dresses and the Underwear Question

Today's dress, a gray-vanilla organza concoction from Erin by Erin Fetherston, is super comfortable for a light day at work. I was in a rush trying to get out of the house this morning, and fit and flare dresses are so easy to wear, mainly because I don't have to give a lot of thought to my underwear.

Yes, having to put any brain power toward my underwear choice for the day is just not an option when I'm running late and haven't had any coffee yet.

With fit and flare dresses, you can wear granny panties and no one will know; however, in more fitted outfits, you usually have to opt for line-free panties or Spanx, and sometimes I have to try on several pairs before finding the one that works best (i.e. looks invisible). And I don't recommend going commando, especially at work! So... when you need to get dressed in five seconds flat, go fit and flare.

Dress: Erin by Erin Fetherston Ceecee Floral Organza Halter Dress

I found this dress on sale at Amazon, but that's the only site still carrying this particular design (note: sizes are very limited). You can shop the brand online at a variety of retailers, though, including Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, Dillard's and Lord & Taylor. Most of these dresses are going to be very feminine and whimsical, so if your style is more casual or bohemian, this brand might not be the best choice for you.

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Wedges (no longer available)

I can't let today pass without mentioning that it's International Women's Day. Although lately it seems like there is a special day for celebrating anything and everything -- do we really need a day to show our appreciation for the Ken doll? -- I can definitely support any day that recognizes women and our contributions to society.

Women have certainly helped shape my life. My grandmothers, mother, mother-in-law, sisters, cousins, friends, even little Izzie, who fought her disease until the very end... I have always been surrounded by incredible women. I am who I am today because of them, especially my mother, who from a very young age always taught my sisters and I that we could do anything, and that education was the key to success in life.

Today is also special for another reason: it's my college roommate's birthday! I met Laurin when I was 19 and in my second year at Emory. We immediately bonded over our love of movies, TV shows and pop culture in general, and we still send each other birthday presents every year. You can see I didn't yet have a good understanding of how to use makeup or do my hair in the photo below, which I believe was taken in 1997... wow, 20 years ago! I have come so far!