Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away... (A Story of a Dress and an OOTD)

...Carol and I were teenagers, wandering around a local mall when we spotted some pretty dresses in the window of a store called "Tamara's." We still remember it like it was yesterday. We were in high school at the time, and our minds were preoccupied with finding the perfect prom dress. (never mind the fact that we didn't necessarily have dates to the prom, nor did we have any money of our own to speak of, but still...) It was then that Carol spotted the green velvet frock that still haunts her to this day.

Carol here: Oh, that dress! It was the first time I fell in love with a dress.  Tamara’s was a bit like Windsor (for those of you familiar with that store) – they specialized in dresses – party dresses in particular.  For some reason, we were in there, browsing the prom dresses, which is funny, because we weren’t going to the prom.  At least, I wasn’t.  I was just a freshman and I had hugely overprotective parents who’d never in a million years have let me go to the prom that year (no worries – I got to go my senior year.  And had a very nice time too, thanks.  In a fabulous dress, of course).

Heck, I wasn’t even allowed to watch prime time sitcoms. 

So, yes, it was odd that we were in there, browsing dresses, but for some reason we were, and on some sudden chance, I came across a dress I liked so much, I actually took it into the fitting room to try on.
It took my breath away.  I think that was the first dress that ever did that to me.

It was a knee-length, off-the-shoulder, dark green velvet (“hunter green” was really popular that year) dress with little bows (yes!  Even then I loved bows!) adorning the neckline, where the “sleeve” attached to the bodice.  I loved it.  I wanted it

I only had my lunch money.  Not to mention, there was nowhere for me to wear it.

Needless to say, it stayed in the store.  And when I got home, I made one lame attempt to get my parents to buy it for me, but they, very sensibly, refused.  I dreamt about that dress, and when the end of the school year came around, and I had to get a dress to wear to the end of the year “band banquet,” (haha, yes, there really are bandcamp stories, but not today, sorry), I dragged my father (yes!  Somehow, it was my dad who had to take me to buy a dress for that event) to Tamara’s in hopes that the dress might still be there.  But no, it wasn’t.  I confess to being a little heartbroken over it, though I didn't tell my dad.  And so I got a different dress – a perfectly nice, very pretty dress.  I got a lot of compliments on that other dress, but it didn’t make my heart skip a beat the way that first green velvet dress had.  To this day, we still talk about that green velvet dress from time to time.  It was the one that got away.  It was the one that taught me the wisdom of the adage, “I should have bought it when I saw it.”

Kathryn again: We actually do still talk about it. It was the dress.

When the Two-Wheeler Shirtdress reappeared online only to sell out in the size 2 approximately 48 hours later, I panicked. Yes. Panicked.

Yeah, okay...I know it's just a dress, but...I mean, the darn thing JUST came back in stock! How could such a thing happen?? I didn't want to rush into this...! I thought we had more time to get to know eachother...!

Hmph. Well, I couldn't risk losing out on it. After all, if we've learned anything, it's better to be able to have the dress in my grabby little hands and decide later that I didn't want it than to never have tried it and lament its loss for the rest of my life.


So, size 4 it was. I was a tad bit worried about how it would fit, as I've never actually tried the dress on before. So I looked to Sara of You, Me and Anthropologie as my guide, since we're very close in size - down to the shoes, even! When I ripped the package open, I was thrilled that the dress fit! And I think the people over at Porridge must've gotten the memo, because my arms actually fit through the arm holes okay. I'll say that the fit through the middle was a tad big, but I actually like it that way, for comfort. And it's honestly nothing that couldn't be fixed with a belt. The dress pretty much fit me exactly how the size 6 in the Reed Shirtdress did, so I'm a very happy camper.

Just in time for today's OOTD:

I don't have an awesome Burberry trench to recreate Cat's awesome OOTD from a few weeks back, so I threw on my trusty BP cardi instead: (Hey look - I'm awesomely off-center!)

And here's a bonus shot, to show y'all what "thrilled" looks like. I took this the day the dress arrived, to show Carol how the dress fit me (and how happy I was):

So in case there was ever any doubt, I am, in fact, a nut. *Smileyface*

Oh, and interestingly? I just checked out Anthro's website and it looks like the dress is sold out online in all sizes except for 6 and 8.

So, um. I did the right thing...right?

I think Carol wants to leave off with a song, so I'll turn things over to her now. But first, please join me in sticking out your collective virtual tongues at her for not blogging her OOTD. (the idea of 170ish followers collectively sticking out their tongues is really funny to me, for some reason) Carol, we love your outfits!

Carol: Thanks, Kathryn...I think.  ^_-  I didn't blog my OOTD, because I didn't really love the way it turned out, so yes, hopefully tomorrow's will be better.  In the meantime, I leave you with this piece of joyfulness (and in all seriousness, it's things like this that make me hopeful for humanity): Jason Segal performing Dracula's Lament on the 1000th Episode of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (another brilliant, funny guy, btw).  Enjoy!


  1. So glad you ended up with the dress. It looks great on you! (But so does everything.) :)

  2. Cute shirtdress!! I think the fit looks great and I love it paired with the Looping Lanes belt and the red shoes! :).

    I am very sorry to hear of your dress that got away... I hate when things like that happen!

  3. Great post! Love the shirt dress so glad you got it, and love Carol's dress story.... and the Jason Segal touch at the end, genius :) haha

  4. Kathryn - You definitely did the right thing! The dress looks fabulous on you and I just love your celebration picture!!

    Carol - "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is in my top 5 favorite movies ever, so I looooove Jason Segal and 'Dracula's Lament'! I've been running around the house singing it this morning after watching the clip above - a great start to the day! :)

  5. Yay, I'm glad you got your dress! :-)

  6. Kathryn! This dress was made for you :) You look adorable in it!

  7. You two are adorable and I love your blog. Very valuable lesson to have learned young in life. A SA at J Crew passed this gem along when I was lamenting that I loved a dress but had no where to wear it--"A dress is a whole outfit." Good point, I think.

    I tried on the Two-Wheeler Dress for the first time this weekend. I had convinced myself that I didn't need it as I own the navy Reed Shirtdress. (Changed my mind because it's ADORABLE!!) The SA had just put my things in the dressing room and I asked her how the bicycle dress ran because they didn't have my normal size 8 so I grabbed a 6. She zips right out of my room to ask someone else if they have a bicycle dress. Ok, maybe she's not paying that much attention.

    I also try on the Sketched Danios Dress. Again, no size 8, just a 6 & 10. I try the 10, which is WAY too big. The SA who didn't know they had a bicycle dress asks another SA (who had to carry the Hinterland Dress back with her to check back stock to make sure she got the right one) to get me a smaller size. She returns to say that there are none. I tell her I had just seen a size 6 on the floor, tell her where they were, and say "The fish dress." She returns with the size 6, and tells me she had never noticed there were fish on that dress......

    I ask her if she has ever noticed the blouse with the raccoons.....

  8. So glad you got it. Now I want to see the green velvet dress though!!!

  9. Loved this post, from the Two-Wheeler Dress on Kathryn to Dracula's Lament, which made me laugh out loud when I saw it in the movie. I always love your memory lane posts too--they remind me so much of my own childhood (no sitcoms!). Today was particularly uncanny: the first fancy dress my parents ever let me buy was for homecoming, and it was a knee-length hunter green off-the-shoulder velvet dress with little bows where the sleeves connected! I was *so pleased* wearing that dress. I'm sorry you missed out on yours. But judging from your outfit posts, you've built a beautiful wardrobe since. It's inspired me to work on mine. :)

  10. Kathryn, I'm like smiling ear to ear in my office at work reading this!!! I love that dress on you and SOOO glad you decided to get it. I think it's so cute by itself and with the cardigan! Man! Makes me wanna wear mine right now but I wanna save it for a nice sunny day!

    Cute story about the prom dresses. I didn't go to prom so no fancy dress buying experience for me. The first fancy dress I'm buying really is my wedding dress and that's coming soon! :)

  11. Adorable post. I have visceral memories of clothing from earlier in life too. I love hearing these stories from others who 'get' the emotional connection to clothes.

  12. Yay! I'm so glad you got the dress and the size worked for you! I found a 2 in my store the other day and the buttons just pulled too much, so I ordered a 4 online and it should be here any day now!

  13. I'm so jealous right now! I wanted that dress so bad and of course I missed it because I didn't have the funds when I wanted it. It looks fabulous on you! You definitely should have gotten it. If you do ever change your mind you can send it my way.

  14. Yay you got the dress! Love it on you Kathryn - looks adorable with the red flats too.

    Valuable lesson learned. Now I want to purchase those Heatwave shorts. :P

    Carol - I didn't want to post my OOTD from yesterday either. Not feelin' it and felt ugh all day.

  15. I tried on several dresses at Anthro today, but not the two-wheeler dress even though I saw it! And now I think it is cute so I am annoyed that I didn't try it on. Live and learn!

  16. omg I love Jason Segal almost as much as I love the jumping picture!

  17. Kathryn - I love the picture of you taking flight with happiness - I can see why too, the dress is all kinds of crazy cute on you! You definitely did the right thing!

    Carol - I want to search ebay for your Tamara green velvet dress - what a sad tale... And hello, I want to see your OOTD, EVERY day - shoot, I post myself in a white tee and flip flops, just to keep it real ;)

  18. You look really great in shirt dress and this one is exceptionally cute! I'm holding out for a sale on the two wheeler dress but all you blog ladies are so tempting me to get it!
    I love your happy jumping shot!