May’s invited us to lunch at Chiltern Firehouse.
What to wear to lunch on a pre-menstrual, pre-fall day?
Easy. My new-ish summer dress.
The dress has a gorgeous print that’s almost painterly. It’s made of heavy cotton, which keeps me warm if the weather turns unexpectedly. I love the cut- baby-doll, with 3/4 length sleeves, and a skirt that kicks out. Because of its cut, nothing is caging my pre-menstrual middle. Meaning, I can spill over, in secret.
I bought the dress at a summer sale. My daughter was graduating high school. I thought, for such a happy occasion, perhaps I should wear print for a change.
One of the things I like best about being in my 40s, is that by the time I got here, my aesthetic became very defined. I have a clear sense of what I like, what I don’t, what works for my body, and what simply doesn’t. This means I don’t do impulse buying, nor end up with things languishing in my closet.
I know the dress would get mileage, and it has. For graduation weekend, it made its debut with sparkly sandals, monochromatic bracelets and a blue bag.
And then it went on a road trip.
It makes a great travelling outfit because it allows movement and conceals bloat. Flying between London and Singapore, the dress is the foundation I build a look that not only flatters, but is practical. I can add and easily remove, tights, coat, scarf; keeping warm in one city, and cool in the other.
People I find, also respond differently when one wears a beautiful dress. For example, service is always that much more energised, and smiling. At dinner, I crossed the street to get take-out. The last time I was there, the waitress shoo-ed Bruno and me away- Dogs not allowed! This time however, the same waitress told me to wait inside, take my time with my order. Then she said, It’s so nice to see you in a dress!