Whenever I meet someone, a few minutes in they always ask if I am from California. I don't know if it's the blonde hair, or my (overly?) bubbly personality, but whatever the case I am a living, breathing example of the saying, "you can take the girl out of California, but you can't take California out of the girl." I'm pretty sure that it's because of this that I have developed my deep love of neutrals. I can't think of a more "East Coast look" than head to toe black and of course, even as I'm writing this, that is what I'm wearing. It's not intentional, but for some reason or another I really gave up on color a few years ago when I would find that I would just keep reaching for my same gray, white and black pieces over and over. I eventually decided that there was no point in buying anything else.
Last year, I was having this conversation with my friend who lives in California while I was trying to figure out what to wear to an event at a racetrack- which where I'm from is a very big deal. I texted my friend a few different options (all black) and he just kept asking for something with color. Apparently NO ONE wears black to the racetrack and even though I'm not too worried about standing out, I was seeing friends I hadn't seen in decades and definitely didn't want to be the Elvira in the group. I finally agreed to get something with some color in it and after a frantic last minute shop (something I lothe) I found this dress by Elizabeth and James and you know what? I LOVE it.
The cut, THE COLOR, everything. It is sexy without being slutty, comfortable, binding (which in a mini dress is a good thing) and when I wear it I really do feel like a million bucks (aka a little Gwyneth). I learned from the experience that maybe I do like color, even bright colors, but really it's all about the cut. Had this been a billowy sundress in the same hue I most definitely would not have worn it, but because of the cut and structure I felt just as comfortable (dare I say as East Coast?) in it as I do in my daily uniform of all black.
Now that I think about it, whenever I was wear this dress I do often get asked if I'm from the East Coast so maybe a little bit of my beloved Boston has rubbed off on me after all. Or maybe it's just the incredible dress. ;) Either way this dress was a good lesson in stepping out of my comfort zone and maybe one day I'll have more of a rainbow in my closet. Maybe. Xx