The Excuse for Wearing Dresses | Haute Macabre

The Excuse for Wearing Dresses

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Shock Lace Dress, $59.99

I have no reason to wear dresses. My office environment is casual, my friends think ‘dinner party’ means a party where you eat, I spend most of my evenings curled up on the sofa watching Battlestar Galactica, my favorite bars all have gum under the seats, and my most regular outing is the dog park.

The problem is, I love dresses. I love reasons to wear them. I also need excuses to buy them, because I really can’t justify a closet full of pretty clothes I never wear. So here is my list of  a few things I’ll be forcing my self and sometimes my girlfriends to do in the coming months:

  • High Tea- My inner Gran demands tiny sandwiches
  • A Day at the Races- even if it’s the Wiener Dog Races, we’re still wearing hats to the track
  • Mad Men Day at Work- who cares if no-one else is doing it, I’m going full Jane Holloway now and then
  • Poker Night- because your poker face looks infinitely better with red lipstick

Ladies? More suggestions? With enough ideas, I could probably justify a new pair of heels, too.

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10 Comment

  1. I was a tomboy in my teens, would never wear dresses just band tshirts & skinny jeans. Now it’s always a skirt or dress for any reason.

  2. Since over the last 10 or so years that we’ve seen people shopping in pajama bottoms, many do see wearing a dress for any reason other than a wedding or funeral as overdressed. I wear dresses and the occasional skirt exclusively. I have no problem with what anyone else wears, but I do wish they wouldn’t stare simply because I appear to be a bit more put together (it’s an illusion-really!). My excuse is that I got out of bed. 🙂

  3. I love putting on a dress and heels and walking my dogs (2 great danes). It’s best in the summer when we can walk to the farmer’s market, but walking them to the coffee shop is almost as good.

  4. An excuse for wearing a dress? Now this is just silly… why would you need an excuse? What makes trousers any more normal and casual then a dress? I mean…. really? I’ve worn dresses or skirts almost every single day since I was 13 years old and I’ve found that not only do they look great but they are super comfy to. Not all dresses are stiff and tailored like an armour. There are so many soft and flattering dresses out there that are perfect for any occasion. I work in a bookstore and I’m almost always wearing my standard uniform = slip dress with spaghetti straps and something sheer and oversize on top, matched with some edgy hose. It looks casual but still not like I didn’t care. And remember, our granmas all wore dresses, every single day, and they rocked it 😉

  5. My favorite excuse is when I’m simply having a crappy day or week. If I’m feeling blah one of the best little things I can do to pick myself up is dressing to the nines – even if I’m only going out to the grocery store. First I’ll browse my Pinterest boards for inspiration. Then I sit at my antique vanity to do my hair and make-up and I can feel the ritual of it start to lift my mood immediately. Add in some great music and it can really turn my mood around!

  6. Holy sh*** you are goth, you need no excuse to dress up ^^
    A year ago, I was into bandshirts and baggypants a lot, but I also noticed that there are some pieces that just never leave my closet.
    When I started dressing up on the days I felt like it a while ago, my colleagues asked me if I was going out after work and I just explained that today I felt like dressing up and looking good without a reason. Meanwhile they don’t even ask.
    But that is of course still clothing I would consider “conservative”. For the really good pieces of my wardrobe, a good friend of mine had the perfect idea. She started a picknick-series every month in summer where people get out their victorian dresses, baroque robes a la francais and opulentgoth dresses and come together for the most classy kind of spending your sunday afternoon. with tea cups and muffins on a brocade blanket in the park 🙂

  7. I just wear dresses all the time regardless of where I’m going or what I’m doing. I feel like I’m just slowly setting an example for everyone else, because people constantly compliment me and I tell them you dont need an excuse to look nice!