Monday, August 3, 2009

Shabby Apple Dresses

Like many stay-at-home moms and work-from-home people, I rarely have a reason to dress up. (And by "dress up" I mean wear something other than shorts and a T-shirt in the summer and an old turtleneck and comfy slacks in the winter.)

But if I did have to dress up because my life involved, say, working in an office, or making TV appearances or, let's really dream, going on dinner dates with George Clooney or (as a younger me) Robert Pattinson, I'd stock my wardrobe with some dresses from What's cool about ShabbyApple:

  • 95% of the dresses cost less than $100
  • All Shabby Apple dresses are machine washable (and should be line dried)
  • The dresses are sized for real women (and the website has a function that helps a woman figure out which designs are suitable for her body shape)
  • The dresses are one-piece, easy-to-wear and you needn't add anything (like tank tops, sweaters, belts, etc.)
  • 5% of the company's net profits are donated to other female entrepreneurs

Here are two of my selects
Left: Bon Voyage, $78. Right: Vanderbilt, $118

Neither dress would be suitable for my current, daily life. But it would be nice if wearing a dress wasn't always about dressing up. While I surely wouldn't want to go back to the era of the archetype 1950s housewife, in pictures from that time the moms seemed to dress much nicer than we do today.

I do have a stay-at-home mom/work-from-home mom friend who dresses up in office-worthy skirts and dresses. She says looking nice and dressing well helps her feel good and stay energized. I can see how that's possible. Fortunately for this particular pal, she has an essentially full-time nanny (i.e. less exposure to sticky little fingers and baby spit-up), and she has the money to buy nice clothes and pay the requisite dry cleaning bills.

Are you a well-dressed mom? Or a "well, at least I was able to get out of my pajamas and get dressed today" mom! (Don't worry if you're the latter. We all have days like that.)


Whitney Johnson said...

What a fun post!

Meg said...

I like these two dresses, too. And I'd look good in them after I lose 30 pounds! I checked out the website. I think I need to select from the Womanly category.

rebecca said...

Great post! I'm a Shabby Apple fan. The dresses really are well made and modest, but not frumpy.
I don't dress up every day, but I do agree that when I put myself together to where I wouldn't be embarrassed running into to someone I know then I'm more confident and energized as I go about my SAHM routine.

Stephanie said...

I've never heard of them before but I like what I see! Funny you should mention the 50s housewife dresses - I just ordered 2 vintage dresses that are very Stepford-wife-esque. Just for fun, of course. I'll have to look into Shabby Apple, though! Lately I feel like I'm dressing up when I wear my "good" jeans. ;0)

Melissa said...

Thanks, all, for commenting. I guess we should all feel good that we're not wearing housedresses. Remember those? My grandmother wore them: Almost like hospital gowns with snaps in the front, made from fabric with housewifey patterns.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Love the dresses. I always try to keep up on the fashion trends. In fact I dedicate a post every Thursday to this pursuit. I call it Trendy Thursday. Stop by and check it out.


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