If there was ever a good reason to twirl around the streets of Stoneybatter like a whirling dervish, it’s got to be this dress. Kindly gifted to me from the folks at Kahlo & Apfel boutique, this vintage lurex beauty has all the hallmarks of a solid gúna – cap sleeves, empire line silhouette and a killer colourway that makes the florals look more modern than mincing.
Add in my trusty Dries Van Noten shoes and, by golly, I’m ready to boogie! Speaking of which, I bought these peerless Perspex heels in 2009 from Dublin’s erstwhile Smock boutique; much like my 9 West stalwarts, I’ve never had to have them reheeled – ever. There’s something to be said for buying well and wearing the bejaysus out of something. Anyone who’s read my blog post on decision-making and shopping, knows how too many options can frustrate our ability to make considered choices. So, when you do get to wear what you love and love what you wear, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you did good, kiddo. Full disclosure: Before treating the residents of Olaf Street to an impromptu dance party, this dress only had one prior outing. Although flying in the face of The Happy Closet rules (thou shalt wear it ‘til your heart hurts), I knew it wasn’t a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. I did break the sartorial seal on Brendan Courtney’s cooking programme FEED where I wore it preparing my near legendary Rocky Road treats (catch up here). Conveniently, now that the festive season is in full swing, I can rock around a Christmas tree instead of in the middle a residential intersection with the UPS man cheering me on. Thanks, dude!