I feel I’m playing dress up, a little girl attempting to look grown up, wearing a fancy dress, heels, fooling with my hair and make-up. But now I have to do it for real.
It has been a long time.
Next weekend I will toss off my covid look – sweats, no make-up (why bother when wearing a mask outside the house), and pony tail. My hair grew several inches over the past year. I pull it into a pony tail and go about my day unperturbed by one more ‘bad hair day’.
I have not worn ‘good clothes’ for months. An eagerly anticipated family event – small by pre-covid standards but nevertheless obliging me to become a grown-up again, at least in appearance – draws near.
I believed I needed a new outfit for the occasion. I ventured into two dress shops, the first time in over a year. The first shop offered nothing suitable, but I was more successful in the second store. Not particular about choices, I wanted something that fit, was appropriate for the occasion, and didn’t break the bank.
I hung my new dress in the closet and realized there were items in the back of that alcove unseen not just in over a year, but in years. I decided to investigate.
My digging yielded quite a few items tossed in a bag for Goodwill, but also pieces resurrected for future wearing, including clothes for next weekend. There will be two outdoor events – a service in the morning, and a party in the evening. I require two outfits.
Garments discovered, saved, and perfect for the weekend have not been worn in years. One ensemble might be considered vintage – it dates to the last century. But it is in good condition, it fits (yeah!), and I like it.
I hesitated using the word ‘vintage’, and researched the definition. Vintage originally meant the year a wine is bottled. When discussing antique vs. vintage, antiques are at least 100 years old, and vintage items 50 years old. But there is no formal definition. Etsy defines vintage as anything over twenty years old. By that designation, my evening outfit qualifies, but my daywear – not yet.
What about my new dress? Hub is not happy I bought it and will not wear it next week, but I am confident it will see the light of day soon, as life opens up and the opportunity to go out and ‘dress up’ becomes possible.
Meanwhile, since some of my dress up clothes are older than my teenage grandkids, don’t tell them.