1. “Can I put jeans under you?”
2. “How come I can’t be the ring bearer?”
3. “Why don’t you have any pockets?”
4. “I look like when people clothe their pets.”
5. “Of course, my legs feel pleasantly unfettered—which is really just one more cruel betrayal. Stop trying to worm your way into my heart, you silky sonofabitch. Everything about this feels forced and unnatural. But perhaps that’s the idea—maybe the secret no one tells is that you have to force yourself. Maybe I can learn to love you?”
6. “You were the wrong thing to wear to the first day of junior high.”
7. “Every shimmer, every time [...]
In The Lost Art of Dress, historian and dressmaker Linda Przybyszewski explores how American women's fashion went from floor-length dresses to bloomers to shirtwaist dresses to, yes, flour sack dresses. Before ready-to-wear and before fast fashion, American women created affordable clothing for themselves and their families with help from the Dress Doctors—the thrift experts, home economics professors, and fashion guide authors who advised women how to craft the most appropriate looks for less. Style changed with every step forward for women: gaining the vote, entering the world of work, heading academic departments. Recently, Przybyszewski and I talked about the evolution of American style, the fraught subject of home [...]
The troublesome question was: what dress should she wear to the barbecue? What dress would best set off her charms and make her most irresistible to Ashley? Since eight o'clock she had been trying on and rejecting dresses, and now she stood dejected and irritable in lace pantalets, linen corset cover and three billowing lace and linen petticoats. Discarded garments lay about her on the floor, the bed, the chairs, in bright heaps of color and straying ribbons.
The dress: "the rose organdy with long pink sash"
Cons: "she had worn it last summer when Melanie visited Twelve Oaks"
Jealousy factor: "[Melanie] [...]
A. “A suit of midnight blue with a matching hat trimmed with leather ribbons and buckles [and] a bouquet of orchids and small white flowers.”
B. In the bride’s words: “I was wearing my aunt’s dress and my mother’s shoes. The dress hung down below my knees. I had to be the ugliest bride you ever saw.”
C. “A short white silk dress [the bride] had bought at Ransohoff’s in San Francisco on the day John Kennedy was killed.”
D. “A ‘princess-style’ light pink satin gown with leg-o-mutton sleeves, a lace-covered bodice and cuffs covered with hand-sewn pearls, sequins and crystal beads” that “was stolen … before it was to [...]