Yesterday afternoon I put myself together to enjoy brunch with our youngest daughter and my handsome husband. The floral dress looked good but didn’t feel right; I hadn’t slowed down enough to consider the location. We had a reservation at a bourbon distillery, not a breezy outdoor garden setting.
Our daughter was also struggling with her outfit; it was funny, my husband just taking it all in like he has for decades and gently shaking his head at us. I changed super-fast, pulling the flowers off overhead, throwing it on the bed, and pulling on a graphic black and white A-line style instead. Same shoes and bag. She had on a denim mini-skirt that wasn’t doing it for her, and as he told us to get out the door, she grabbed a pair of wide-legged jeans and then proceeded to strip down and change in the back of the car. That’s how it goes.
Anyway, time is a life luxury, and sometimes we’re all just time stressed and not thinking through what to wear where. I’m happy I can pivot on a dime, as is the twenty-two-year-old, and that we can get out the door fast. If I had thought my outfit through beforehand, I would have realized the floral maxi dress was better suited to a northeast baby shower or a women’s luncheon, not an afternoon brunch fest where bourbon goes in the Bloody Mary, along with bourbon fried bacon. I always say that when you feel good about what you have on, you have a much better time doing whatever you are doing, and this was no exception. My youngest daughter and I settled into our crispy fried chicken sandwiches with fries and house-made pickles and had ourselves a day. It was divine.
Style notes: my ‘bourbon’ dress is from three seasons ago, designed by Creative Director Emily Smith for Lafayette 148. This style continues, and it is fabricated in a great imported silk-linen Papier print this season. My youngest daughter’s halter top was from my closet probably ten years ago; she hangs on the good stuff and wears it with aplomb, which makes me happy. A good closet with legs is a good thing. Buy well, wear often, share, and don’t over-purge. And consider location.