My friend Christy wears a floral dress every day. Every single day. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... you get my drift. If she's relaxing around the house, she's wearing a flower dress. Headed to the supermarket, she dons a floral dress. Heck, she even came to my wedding in a blooming number! All it takes is one glance at her closet to realize the only thing she owns are flowery frocks.
When we all said goodbye to the '80s and '90s and bid our Laura Ashley clothes adieu, Christy was just saying hello to them. The dresses she wears aren't new; most of them are from secondhand stores like Salvation Army or Goodwill. And Christy is drawn to them like flies are to you know what. The number of silky, patterned, flowy dresses she owns outnumber the items in my closet in its entirety, and while her boyfriend is convinced that she just wears the same dress every day, she doesn't -- they just all look alike.
Some of her floral dresses are nicer than others, from beach cover-ups for super casual days to frocks that are reserved for special occasions, like the Variazoni number she donned at my nuptials. On a hanger, they all look like shapeless shifts, unflattering to anyone with any sort of waistline, which is why Christy has all her dresses taken in so they don't swallow her. But how does she get away with a look that most people deem frumpy and avoid at all costs? She's a bit bohemian, has a beachy vibe and knows how to accessorize. She'll add a floppy hat to the mix with strappy sandals, or she'll belt a dress and throw on an Aztec-inspired chunky knit over it. Whatever she does and however she does it, she always looks cute, and the dresses are transformed from baggy smocks to "Wait, where did you get that?" enviable.
Most recently, she found an Etsy store that cultivates vintage and previously owned dresses, so she added three more frocks to her wardrobe. I scoured the new purchases and was shocked to learn the tag on one read "Passports of Pier One Imports." I definitely would not have had the foresight she did to click "add to cart" judging by it's smock style, but Christy saw its potential and now I'm kind of jealous that I don't have one.