2 Apr 2020

The “At-Home” Diaries: Dressing Up

The "At-Home" Diaries: Dressing Up on vickiarcher.com

I had to dress up. I Just had to.
If I didn’t wear a dress I would go mad. The chinos, the sweats and the cashmere pants are all well and good but sometimes I crave wearing a dress. A swish, the feeling of elegance and the way a dress makes me pay attention and sit up straighter. Wearing a dress, I feel like a grown-up and even if I’ve got nowhere to go, I don’t care.

One of my favourites a black midi with buttons and a swing skirt was my go-to-meetings or dress-up-for-dinner dress and at a pinch a smart lunch; it wasn’t for “at-home”. Forget that, on Tuesday I put it on, added red lipstick and wore my parka and trainers for our daily walk. Did I look over-the-top? Most likely. Do I care? Not one little bit. I felt enlightened and free dressing up without rhyme or reason. My hair wasn’t perfect – it’s too long and needs a professional to look any good – so it was scrunched up in my weird little way. That didn’t bother me either. I had a new appreciation for my lovely dress and the idea of wearing and using everything we have, whenever we feel like it.


Today I am going to dress up again.

I have stretched my way through a yoga session – not my best attempt – but I made it – and once I finish chatting here I am putting on another dress, with lipstick and will walk the streets again looking like I’m going out to party. Try it at home or out and about if you can; I promise you will feel fabulous for the effort. And add that red, coral or rose lipstick you love because it can make all the difference.


These small wins are irrelevant against the diabolical news that floods our brains each day but feeling better for moments is important. Staying strong, resilient and nurturing us in whatever shape or form is vitally important right now. We cannot be serious 100% of the time and it is in no way sustainable. We will cry but we mustn’t deny the delight of a smile and the diversion of laughter.

And dressing up every now and then does help.



The two I am wearing are familiar shapes. They are lengths to love and styles to flatter most body types. Cut in at the waist, not too voluminous and a mid-calf length is a dress design I choose often; it works in many incarnations. Like now.


Dress up today and let me know? xv





 

Dressing Up: The Two Best Shapes

rag & bone rower polo midi dress  ||  valerie ruffle hem long sleeve dress  ||  nars audacious lipstick in mona




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28 Comments

Mumbai

would like to see a pic from you in that weired outfit. But I like this kind of style very much and it brought fun in the daily life. Just enjoy and do it again, and again……

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Eileen

Nice idea! I’m a big believer in getting up, showering and dressing for the day. No pjs for me.

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anitapelayorivera

Oh Vicki, I live in a dress throughout the school year but now while engaging in Distance Learning from the confines of my home, I’m wearing sweats and a sweat shirt that I’d never ever be caught outside of my home wearing. However, when I prepare my daily videos for my students to view, I make sure I’m wearing my red lipstick, a familiar sight for them to give a sense of routine. Maybe for today’s video recording, I’ll wear a dress…

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Vicki

Ha ha.. yes, I understand Anita. You are wonderful in the dark lipsticks and I do believe it makes us feel well-dressed even if the rest is more casual ;)
Good luck with the videos… I know I should be mastering this … soon… Have a wonderful day and enjoy your lesson. xx

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Holly

Oh Vicki, I have a version of that Rag & Bone dress and it is my favorite. So flattering. I’ve been yearning for a new lipstick. Mona it is. Thank you for being such a light these days. Gratefully, Holly

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Vicki

Holly… this is a fabulous dress… the one I have is very similar and I admit to loving it too. These audacious lipsticks are the best and I am working through most of the shades. Look after you xx

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Jeanne

I have been so busy cooking, cleaning and gardening that my outfits admittedly are not photo worthy. Now an idea for dinner dress has been born. Let’s see what happens!

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Vicki

Please do Jeanne… and send me a pic! Maybe we should dress up for our dinners.. we are making more of lunch.. so maybe I will do that. Take good care… xx

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Linda B

This is a wonderful idea, Vicki! I have to confess that gradually I have found it hard to dress for the day until around lunch time (after first leaving my sleeping attire for exercise wear for most of the morning) but some days I do make a real effort at dressing up just a little. Yesterday I put on a nice leopard print skirt, for instance, rather than jeans. I wore a jersey top but it is one with a bit of extra style in the cut, not just a tee. It was the first time that it felt warm enough here to go bare-legged–in the SW desert, our weather has just made its annual shift towards “late-spring” weather. This means it balmy and sunny, with high temps in the 80’s (that’s Fahrenheit of course, closing in on 30 C)–beautiful weather! I will think about a real dress for today! And maybe put on a dash of make up, which I had given up on. . .

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Vicki

Sounds perfect weather there… not quite so spring-like here yet! I know what you mean… the exercise and it’s nearly lunchtime before getting ready.. I am trying too. Apart from the lips I have been rather remiss about make-up… although I did a face-mask last night and it was bliss. Stay safe, xx

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Linda Barrett

I agree it’s really important for moral to make an effort every day. I’m a great admirer of your recommendations but my heart sinks a little when I click on the links and see ‘Nordstrom! Would it be possible to include UK based shops as well? I think you are based in London Now?

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Vicki

Yes, I will Linda… The problem I am having is finding online sites still delivering… Net A Porter has ceased operations and I think MatchesFAshion is still sending but delivery times are long… I shall keep looking .. xx

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Bridget Paff

I love a dress but it has not yet been warm enough for me here. Thanks for the reminder and push. I love your daily “musings” and inspirations! Thank you!

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Maisie Kapollas

I would love to follow your example, Vicki, but we have several cats, and as soon as I sit down one will make a bee line for my lap and start kneading. No chance for my dresses ! But if I go out, for groceries or fresh air I do make an effort. And always lipstick.

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Vicki

I don’t have cats but when my daughter’s little dog comes over … he makes a mess of any lace! xx

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Jeanne

Haha…you are a woman after my own heart! Thinking out of the box and mixing it up a bit sure does help me to keep going. I just saw on the news that a ballerina dressed up in her tutu and danced down the street while her neighbors were clapping her on. Loved it! We have another 4 week stay at home mandate and I may be dressing up and dancing down the street myself. Xo
I can’t wait to see the dress you wear tomorrow…xo

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Vicki

I just tried to take some photos Jeanne.. ha ha… not the best but it’s what I got!

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Mary

This evening I will dress for dinner in the gazebo – it’s warm and sunny and despite the heavy pollen count, our Southeast US garden is a picture with pink blooming azaleas, white dogwoods, and bright green trees. I will wear a gold satin, bias cut, midi skirt (M&S last year) with a boxy cut very light sea blue cashmere sweater. Gold jewelry for a change – and try to feel elegant – despite a sign of grey roots peeking out, and gel nails now far too long (how will we ever deal with those now our manicurists are ‘locked up’?) Help needed Vicki!

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Vicki

I hear you Mary… I don’t have the hair issue, other that I would love to cut about 6 inches off! .. But the pedicure… that’s another matter… How do we get the gel off???

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Mary

Vicki, apparently have to lightly file off top layer of gel, soak cotton wool in straight acetone (NOT non-acetone remover!) polish remover, place on nails and wrap individually in tinfoil. . . . . .then wait until it dissolves, which may be a while! Can then remove softened gel and I guess trim and shape nails. May have to be kind to real nails for some time as they may be damaged – soaking in warm olive oil should help.
I will have to get out some place soon to get the real acetone – don’t have any!

Good luck – and I’m sure your hair is still gorgeous without a cut!

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Vicki

Thank you Mary… I don’t have any either… but it’s getting grim so I will have to find some… I’m tieing my hair up all the time and at some stage, I need to devote some chat to hair-do’s and wearing it up… A bun is a bit matronly unless done the right way and as I am spoilt, I have not practised!

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Pamela

Love the Chinese painting in your bedroom – and the flowers. Have given up on wearing lipstick when we go out as it’s hidden behind the facemask. And foundation and facepowder likewise make a mess of it. 🥴😊 We bought our masks in Canberra for protection from all the bushfire smoke as Canberra was at the time had one of the highest levels of air pollution in the world. Now that the fires are all out we have our normal beautiful clean fresh air. But luckily we kept our masks. Who knew then they’d suddenly be just as important again ! Best wishes, Pamela

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Vicki

We have some masks but as yet I haven’t felt the need to wear them… I’m lucky I live in a spacious neighbourhood and am not getting near anyone on my daily walks… I haven’t been into any shops either as I am lucky to have home delivery for now.. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if the govt makes them compulsory soon.. I think it is more about the lack of supply is why they aren’t recommending them but who knows? I believe we have to be vigilant about how sterile they are but I’m sure you have that covered as you had the horrendous fires to deal with. What a year! Take care xx

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Eleonore

I can’t believe it took me so much time to post a comment on your blog. I love it and I’ve been following it for a very long time! Anyway, you are so right to dress up! I’ve been working from home for the past two weeks and even though I started wearing comfortable clothes, I quickly changed my mind. To be in a “business mood” I needed to look at least a little bit sharp! ;) So a nice white silk blouse and high-waisted trousers do the trick for me!

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Vicki

Lovely to “meet” you, Eleonore and yes… there are days we must dress up! Your outfit sounds perfect… I might copy tomorrow.. :)

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