Wednesday 18 January 2017

OOTD - In Defence of Dressing Up

The last full-length dress that I wore out in public was my wedding dress.  To actually reflect back and realize that in the last three and a half years of parties, weddings, celebrations and galas and think that I've only worn a gown once - when I was a bride - is kind of shocking. What ever happened to dressing up?

Toronto is a very casual city. I've gone to events classified as galas, only to be greeted by jeans. Not typically one to rock the boat, knowing that wearing a gown out will probably result in myself being the dressiest person in the venue means that I usually opt for a cocktail dress. So, when I saw this full-length burgundy dress my initial thoughts where "I absolutely love it, but where would I wear it?"

As soon as I put the gown on, I was transformed - seriously! I felt so elegant, almost as though I was another person.  The gown honestly made me want to drive to the nearest bar, order a dry gin martini, take a sip of said martini and throw it into a nearby fireplace. Wearing a full-length gown changes you and I for one intend to wear more of them. In fact, the dress is currently in for alterations to shorten the hem slightly so that I can wear it to a dinner next week (hashtag short people problems.)  Maybe I'll be the dressiest person there, maybe not - either way, I'll feel fabulous and isn't that what an evening out is all about? Now, someone get me a martini!

Dress - c/o Teeze Me, Coat - Forever 21, Shoes - c/o Stuart Weitzman

What do you think?  Do you enjoy dressing up, or do you live in a casual city as well?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle



  1. Omgosh, Joëlle! You look absolutely stunning in this dress! The colour, cut and shape is literal perfection on you. Gorg!

    xx Gabriella

  2. I live in a casual city, but I love dressing up. I just feel like I wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb when I do. That dress looks amazing on you!

    Sweet Helen Grace

    1. I totally agree Helen! Toronto is exactly the same way. It definitely takes guts to step out all dressed up, but I'm going to make more of an effort for now on!

  3. I love dressing up! Also, I have always lived in morei casual cities... and depending on who I'm with even a cotton maxi with a pretty pattern is 'too dressy' ...what I don't understand is why we don't dress up more... when I get compliments on how beautiful I look in the dress, I want to comment on how truly simple or even lazy putting on a dress is! Lazy in the best of ways that is, didn't have to try on tops with bottoms, maybe it even just slipped on over head and done! Joëlle you are always polished and this gown is beautiful on you. Long live the gown!

    1. LOL I totally agree with you - that's actually why I wear more dresses than anything. So easy! Thank you so much Nyssa!

  4. It's a beautiful dress! I am very frequently the most dressed up person in the room and I used to feel self-conscious about it, but now I embrace it. I like to get dressed up and so I do! There's no reason to save our prettiest clothes for occasions that may never come. :)

    xx Hannah //

    1. I love your attitude Hannah! I for one always admire the person who is most dressed up in a room - it shows lots of self-confidence!


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