I think I found this dress at Savers, but I can’t be sure. It’s straight polyester of the late 60s/early 70s variety that is quite thick and sweaty and never breaks down. The dress is SHORT. I wore it ironically with bright green fishnet stockings and knee-high boots for “green and gold” spirit day my senior year of high school. I also had my longest false eyelashes on. You can’t get a sense of scale when it’s laid out on the table like this, but looking at it today, I marveled that I had ever been that small. It was one of the first dresses I wore when I was starting to get an idea of what powers my body had, if I dressed a certain way.
This dress was inherited from an Aunt (I can’t remember if it was Pat or Carol. The length makes me think Aunt Carol had it first because she had the legs, but the lace around the collar makes me think it was Aunt Pat’s.) It spent many years as a “dress up” dress in the dress up box. I can remember wearing it when it came to my toes. But I grew up and it was another high school discovery. Also quite short. I love the purple and orange pattern. It’s pretty worn out, which is too bad.
Another brown polyester dress probably bought at the same time that yellow one was. I don’t ever remember wearing this, but I have a clear memory of H. wearing it, again ironically, for a spirit week dress up day.
Aside from the indestructible nature that comes with polyester, this has a great back zipper and, I discovered as I was searching around for a label, was homemade.
This came from the Salvation Army Thrift store and was my favorite dress for many years as a child. I had a thing for old fashioned dresses so this was an incredible find. I wore it for Halloween one year, and then any time I could after that. Always for dress up. I even fashioned hoop skirts from the circled bit of plastic that came with the lawn dart set. This is homemade too, and still gorgeous. If it was anywhere near fitting, I would have kept it, but someone else will get to be thrilled to find it.