Thursday, July 15, 2010

Memories of a Linen Dress

Dress: Boden via EBay
Belt: H&M
Shoes: Nygard from Sears

This dress is linen and I love it. I've been on the lookout for a linen dress for some time. I once had a great linen dress (this one was beige) and wore it until it became see through. I bought this dress in Niagara Falls when we used to live in Ontario.

One time, many years ago, I was a student with a good scholarship and a really cute boyfriend. The boyfriend (RDog) got a job in Ontario and said, "KDot, why don't you switch universities and come live with me?" And foolish KDot, being young and in love, gave up her scholarship, switched schools in her 4th year and moved away to be with her really cute boyfriend.

We should have lived happily ever after, except that RDog's job was really like a sweatshop and he got laid off after six months. So there we were, broke in a strange city far away from home. After a few months of joblessness, we decided to pack it in and head home. Before we left, we hit the nearby tourist attractions.

We went to Niagara Falls and did the touristy thing there. I remember wanting to go on the Maid of the Mist but RDog vetoed the idea as we didn't have money for tickets. We stopped at an outlet mall on the way home, that's where I found THE linen dress. I think I loved it even more because it was such a splurge during tight times.

All those memories (being young, poor and "living on love") came flooding back tonight when RDog said, "I like your dress. Is it it linen." Prompting me to say, "Hey, do you remember that linen dress I used to wear ALL the time."

Isn't it weird the memories that can be associated with clothing? Do you have any clothing that brings you strong memories?

In the end, it all worked out for us. I try not to be bitter about the year we spent "living away". It was there that we adopted my little angel cat, Kitty, and RDog's crappy job gave hm the experience for his current awesome job. Did I mention that RDog's boss is footing most of the bill for me to join them in Seattle for a week? Pretty awesome.

Wow, that's a lot of story telling for one little dress.


  1. It is funny how clothing carry stories with them. I have this dress that no longer fits me (after 3 kids, you'd be amazed how I blew up like a balloon) but I will not throw it out as I wore it the last time I visited my grandmother before she passed. I remember how I sat next to her holding her hand and she nodded her head at what I said. I don't know if she really understood what I was saying but Id like to think she did. Before I left she hugged me and said I looked beautiful. It was and still is one of my favorite dresses!

  2. Yes, that is a dress to hold on to! What a great story.

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  4. What a pretty dress I also like how you paired it with white shoes+belt.
    Honestly i am not a fan of white accessories but, I would wear this in a heartbeat.
    I have clothes that I associate with events.
    I have a brown suit that I don't want to wear anymore because I had to swallow hard many times and smile while wearing it.