Wearing Special Things for No Particular Reason

by jennine on November 12, 2009

I’m wearing my wedding dress today for no particular reason. I stood there at my closet thinking to myself that I had absolutely no clothes. I had failed.

Either…I’m not a good bride, or what ever reason you can fill in here _________ . Today,  I just decided to wear my wedding dress by Jennifer Gilpin. It seemed to be the most logical thing, pale grey, soft fabric, comfortable, and easily goes with a million things in my empty closet. Fair enough, this dress is pretty, but it can be dressed down….but what about all those pretty dresses in my closet that never see the light of day? Blue sequins, red chiffon, pretty ruffles with beading, silk flutters. They’re there, they probably make me feel pretty when I wear them, so why not wear them more often?

Sure, people might stare, they might ask, ‘Where are  you going?’ ‘What’s the occasion?’ they might say things like ‘Trying too hard.’ Like, if we’re not trying too hard, we’re not trying enough. But the special things in my closet, they need to come out, otherwise they become precious.

Dress: Jennifer Gilpin • Caridgan : Thrifted • Leggings: Topshop • Boots: Aldo • Cuff: Market Publique

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Nickie Frye November 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm

OMG, that is a FABULOUS outfit! Are you serious? That was your wedding dress? You go, girl. I love that! Ok, so where are the leggings from? I’m desperately searching everywhere for cute printed leggings & I can’t seem to find any that I think are cute. I like those, though. I love the boots, too. Did you feature those on your blog recently? They look familiar. Anyway, cute look. ;)
.-= Nickie Frye´s last blog ..Ivory Culottes =-.

Princess Poochie November 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

That’s how I feel about my shoes too. What I like to say is “You are the Special Occassion”. Come to think of of it.. I need to get my Philosophy of Closets series going…
.-= Princess Poochie´s last blog ..Cookie Monster Cure-All =-.

Sabine November 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Oh the grey in grey in grey is just beautiful. Sabine x
.-= Sabine´s last blog ..A problem the cat has not… =-.

enc November 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I vote wear special things when you want, for whatever reason you can (or cannot) come up with! Too many items are saved for “best.”
.-= enc´s last blog ..Poll #52: Yes, No, or Maybe? =-.

Ashe Mischief November 12, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I love that you’re wearing your wedding dress. It’s my goal, if I ever get married, to make everything I wear on that day something that can convert to regular wear. Not only is it financially impractical otherwise, but it makes you feel more special to think, “I wore this on one of the best days of my life!” It’s like a superheroes cape-something that only you know how special it is, and can erase anything bad from that day.
.-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..We Love Colors: A Snapshot Review =-.

hanako66 November 12, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I love the thought behind that…it is so true, our most special articles of clothing are the most neglected! You look lovely and did your beautiful dress justice!
.-= hanako66´s last blog ..Etsy Wednesday - baby it’s cold outside =-.

Nicole November 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I agree with your post. Bring out the special occasion dresses and wear them on a non special occasion just because you love them. Oh and your leggings are my favorite! I may have to steal the idea and paint some roses on a pair of my own.
.-= Nicole´s last blog ..Wild Hot Pink and Black Sequin Top =-.

Clare November 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

That is a gorgeous wedding (and everyday!) dress. You look lovely.
.-= Clare´s last blog ..That’s Some Funky Lemonade You Got =-.

a stylized hysteria November 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I couldn’t agree more! Beautiful things are meant to be enjoyed and loved, not admired from afar. Thank you for the reminder :)

btw- love the outfit and wedding dress!
.-= a stylized hysteria´s last blog ..Too Early? =-.

Alicia November 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

J, that dress is gorgeous. You look gorgeous.

I’m jacking WendyB’s line, wear what you want!!! Screw what other people think. If you love it, wear it. You don’t need an occasion.

Andrea November 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

What a lovely dress - I love the pale shade of grey, so beautiful. I designed my wedding dress which two pieces - I swapped a fitted cap sleeved jacket out with a strapless corset bodice for different parts of the night (hard to explain). But anyway, I wanted to have the jacket made specifically so I could wear it again on another occasion - such as an anniversary or holiday party. I think it is important to have special pieces of clothing in your wardrobe and wear them every once in awhile. Even if it’s a regular old Thursday!
.-= Andrea´s last blog ..Deal of the Day: Save 15% at Bebe’s PH8 Stores =-.

violetville November 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

i bet no one will steal from your cart at Target if you’re wearing blue sequins!!
.-= violetville´s last blog ..SPANISH LEATHER! Vtg 70s BROWN MOD SPY COAT/JACKET~S/M =-.

Steff November 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I honestly wear special things for no particular reason almost all the time. Perhaps because I have a habit of buying special things all the time - can’t have a closet full of things that I can only wear to weddings and parties and such! And I love that you can wear your wedding dress. My wedding dress is green, so I can wear it and not look like a bride, but it’s still pretty fancy, like high tea fancy. But it’ll at least get more than one wear.
.-= Steff´s last blog ..The Shop Floor Project =-.

PAPERFASHION November 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

i think this is one of my absolute favorite outfits of yours! the leggings make the outfit.
.-= PAPERFASHION´s last blog ..CUPCAKE =-.

Nikita Swatkowski November 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Absolutely stunning! I love that you went with a untraditional wedding dress, and that you aren’t afraid to get more than one use from it! This look is soft and doesn’t come off as super dressed up at all to me.

And I love your little bit about wearing those special items so that they don’t become too precious and untouchable. Motivation to keep dressing up for school and to believe in my outfits more!

Spread peace and happiness.

.-= Nikita Swatkowski´s last blog ..HALLOWEEN =-.

39th & Broadway November 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm

This is my newest favorite look! I love the hair up, and the outfit is so flattering. It looks sophisticated yet comfortable and accessible, totally a style I would wear.

Best of all, it has such sentimental value for you, I’m with Ashe on the whole secret superhero cape concept. I would so love to wear my wedding dress again, but where can you realistically wear a Reem Acra ball gown? Not the E train.

By the way, love the lipstick color, whose is it?
.-= 39th & Broadway´s last blog ..Mad Men, Style Treats =-.

jennine November 12, 2009 at 9:37 pm

❤nickie..ooh the leggins are from top shop, of all places!
❤poochie, that is the best reason of all! i’ll have to steal it!
❤sabine, grey is my favorite at the moment.
❤enc..so true, we cant always save the best, because who knows when that will be.
❤clare, thanks!
❤stylized, well, it seems to be such a waste!
❤alicia, wendy is very good at wearing what she wants and looking great!
❤andrea, that was such a great idea! really, so then you can have that piece!
❤violetville, you’d think that would be a deterrent…
❤steff, i get dazzled by the occasions too, it makes it so hard to have basics!
❤paper, oooh thanks.
❤nikita, thanks, you know what’s odd, is both my weddings had unconventional dresses, i’ve yet to wear white! but yes, it makes things more fun at school if you’re dressed up for it.

jennine November 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm

❤39th..haha can you imagine? well, i doubt i could pull it off if it were a gown like yours..it sounds gorgeous! the lipsitck is by lipstick queen, it’s far away from my desk right now, but it’s a color i’ve been reaching for a lot lately. :)

Prêt-à-Porter P November 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

it’s beautiful, why not wear it?
that’s why i want a black wedding dress, so that i can wear it all the time.
.-= Prêt-à-Porter P´s last blog ..Las Vegas October 2009 =-.

Amelia M November 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm

I am, to my core, a rather ‘cheap’ person and the idea of buying something for several hundred, or indeed thousands, of dollars to be worn only once freaks me out. So to see that someone is brave enough to make use of theirs more than once is an inspiration to me! Plus the outfit looks fab!
.-= Amelia M´s last blog ..Witerary Wednesdays: The Time Traveller’s Wife =-.

The Clothes Horse November 13, 2009 at 12:04 am

Love the tights; I don’t always do it-but I’m with you, special things should be worn out on more than just “special” occasions.
.-= The Clothes Horse´s last blog ..Dropsnap Does It Better =-.

Make Do Style November 13, 2009 at 3:44 am

Fabulous - dress up always!!
.-= Make Do Style´s last blog ..The Sketchbook Interview =-.

Alice November 13, 2009 at 4:19 am

Shades of great is my soft spot! I love the look and the accessories are perfect! You inspired me to look for some pretty clothes too in my wardrobe…
.-= Alice´s last blog ..White Rabbit selected for IFB’s Links à la Mode! =-.

Jessica November 13, 2009 at 5:03 am

That is the best feeling in the world, I love wearing special things for no reason it makes you and your whole day feel special. And those boots are to die for!!
.-= Jessica´s last blog ..Stockholm is Beauty =-.

MG November 13, 2009 at 6:00 am

Love your blog! Am now following thru bloglovin’! I also want to throw on my wedding dress for fun- so good for you, chiquita! I just want to wear it with pink cowboy boots…as they didn’t let me the first time around :/

I have no idea why I listened!

Hope you visit my blog soon, but if not- keep the posts coming!



WendyB November 13, 2009 at 6:37 am

You look lovely. Come to NYC to New Year’s and then you’ll get to wear the glitzier stuff at my party.

Kristen November 13, 2009 at 6:55 am

I am wondering how some other outfits involving wedding dresses might look, but your wedding dress just happens to be a beautiful, amazing little number that is sophisticated and lacking all the cliches of a traditional dress, so the outfit is amazing. I really like this idea though, pulling out “special” pieces and giving them a whirl. If they are so special how come they get worn the least?
.-= Kristen´s last blog ..Infatuation List: Five Fall Fashion Favorites =-.

Mer November 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

I agree, the leggings make the difference! your wedding dress is so fresh, I love that you can use it for an everyday outfit!
.-= Mer´s last blog ..Un viernes oscuro (Dark friday) =-.

rachel c. November 13, 2009 at 11:11 am

I would love to see how you wore this dress for your wedding!

.-= rachel c.´s last blog ..SWEET DREAMS =-.

ambika November 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Here in Seattle, there is no wearing of dresses without questions about the special occasion. It’s slowly changing, but not quickly enough for me.

You look lovely-I have a good friend who was married in a very informal setting who loves being able to wear her wedding clothes whenever.

pretty face November 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

You look beautiful. But OMG how did I miss that you got married? Congratulations almost half a year too late! xxx

alexandra November 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

love love love everything about this outfit! i’ve included it in a “best dressed bloggers” post…you should check it out!!

jennine November 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm

❤pret, i can see you i a black wedding dress!
❤clothes, that is divine!
❤mg, that’s such a bummer! brides should be able to wear pink cowboy boots!
❤wendy…sounds fun!
❤kristen good point, i wonder if you could integreate a more traditional dress in daily attire
❤mer..hehe these leggings get a lot of wear!
❤ambika, oh, i’ve heard it’s changing pretty quickly!
❤prety face, oh no worries, i only mentioned once or twice…

katie November 13, 2009 at 9:26 pm


i love A) that your wedding dress is so pretty and low-key and B) that you wear it for no special reason other than its wonderful!
.-= katie´s last blog ..Want it Now: Velvet Skinny Pants =-.

monikulus November 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

absolutely amazing…
.-= monikulus´s last blog ..getting ready for the R’s b-day party… =-.

SwanDiamondRose November 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm

i may have said this a few times now but i think this is my favourite outfit of yours. and the sans makeup thing. you look lovely. and now i need rose covered tights!
.-= SwanDiamondRose´s last blog ..SWANclothing sock garters… 1st stop Helsinki… [2] =-.

dreamsequins November 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I love that you have a wedding dress that can be worn again! It looks especially good with your subtle layers and those Topshop leggings I love! Wonderful.
.-= dreamsequins´s last blog ..Invitation: Boyy Bags and Bubbly (11/18) =-.

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