I basically can’t go on Facebook these days without stumbling across an article about how shit millennials are. They make terrible employees, they eat too many avocados to ever be able to afford a house and they think they’re all magic unicorns who deserve constant adoration and attention. Sounds like every other generation in their formative years to me but whatever.
I’m not technically a millennial but I still identify with this generation because I have about two friends that are actually my age. The rest of them are much older or much younger than me so I spend a lot of time with millennials and they’re really not as bad as the reputation they have. For example did you know that millennials use libraries more than any other generation? They also don’t like chain restaurants and tend to favour independently owned cafes and they’re big supporters of small businesses. My favourite thing about millennials though is that (most of them) don’t give a shit about luxury brands. When I was growing up, it was so cool to have a pair of Chanel sunglasses or even a Dior lipstick but millennials don’t care. They’re also slowly killing fast fashion by buying less clothing, less frequently than previous generations.
That got me thinking about this dress that I’ve owned for about 8 years now. I bought it during this excellent season Jacqui E had where seemingly all their dresses were made for me. This one has been mended, hemmed and washed dozens of times and still looks brand new. It’s also been all over the USA, Europe, Indonesia, India and Thailand. It doesn’t need ironing so it’s the first thing I pack when I head overseas. I can also get away without wearing a bra with it which is always an added plus.
Dress from Jacqui E
Cardigan from Anthropologie
Shoes from Toms
Tips for wearing a dress you’ve already worn a thousand times.
I find a scarf or cardigan will make a huge difference to jazzing up something you’ve worn many times. I have a black wrap cardigan and a crochet shawl I also wear with this dress and it makes it look like a totally different outfit every time I swap up my accessories.
Wear different shoes
I usually chuck this dress on with my nude ballet flats (that are in serious need of replacing!) but my Toms are nice way to mix it up a little. This is my second pair of Toms platforms. So. Comfortable.
Shelve it for a while
Sometimes I’ll go a whole summer without wearing this dress and other summers it will be my most favourite thing. If I pop this dress away in my cupboard for a season, I’m always super ready to wear it again.
This outfit was worn for a big day of client work and then an afternoon in the park with my bestie and her bubba. Then Mr Smags and I did a late night dash to Ikea for some photography props. Have you ever shopped at Ikea at 8pm at night? It’s bliss. Totally empty, really clean and super quiet. I’d rather punch myself in the face than go to Ikea on a Saturday morning but 8pm? Bring it on.