So Spring has finally sprung in Manhattan (I hope I haven’t spoken too soon) and I was outside today soaking up some sun. I felt really happy to be warm and outdoors.
“Beautiful clothing is not a substitute for therapy. It is a great tragedy for a person to look beautiful on the outside, but feel like a wreck on the inside” FashTherapist
If we consider that the sun brings out the happy in me then, it’s only natural for that to be reflected in my clothing. Babydoll dresses aren’t usually my style, but today I decided it was time to bring the babydoll out of the closet. There is a really fun, flirty style to these dresses that I can’t deny:
A babydoll is a short, sometimes sleeveless, loose-fitting nightgown or negligee intended as nightwear for women. It sometimes has formed cups called a bralette for cleavage with an attached loose-fitting skirt falling in length usually between the upper thigh and the belly button. The garment is often trimmed with lace, ruffles, appliques, marabou fur, bows and ribbons, optionally with spaghetti straps. Sometimes it is made of sheer or translucent fabric like nylon or chiffon or silk.
The name was popularized by the 1956 movie Baby Doll starring Carroll Baker in the title role as a 19-year old nymphet, which essentially marked the beginning of the enduring popularity of the style for adults. (From Wikipedia.)
So where does a fun, flirty dress lead me? To the Sundaes & Cones ice-cream shop, recommended to me by the power of Twitter as a must-visit East Village destination:
It is nigh on impossible to eat an ice-cream (from a cone at least) in a ladylike manner so I took my time but on my walk through the East Village to Union Square I did get some very funny looks and intense stares. Several splodges of melted ice-cream on my babydoll dress later and a dry cleaning bill twice as expensive as the ice-cream itself (hmm), I pondered on the staring. As my friend Fash-Therapist said to me afterwards: “these people obviously don’t believe the whole ‘sometimes a cigar is just a cigar’ Freud thing 😉
Babydoll dresses Blog Reader – are you wearing these? Is there a correlation between your mood and how you dress? More importantly, do you have a favourite ice-cream shop? (Oh hang on, this is a fashion blog….)