Barbershop Quartet

Barber Shop Quartet - The Dressed Aesthetic

I’m not sure why, but the stripes on this dress have always reminded me of the pole that sits outside of old school barbershops. When the barber’s striped pole spins, it creates a visual illusion, where it appears as if the stripes are moving up or down the pole. I kind of like the idea of a dress in constant motion, as if by spinning and spinning you’re never risking stagnancy. Always moving forward or backward, but never staying in one place for too long.

As much fun as it would be to spin forever, I’ve always been more than a little bit prone to motion sickness. And I think I’m reaching that scary place of grownuphood I never thought I’d get to – where I’m looking forward to staying in one place. It’s kind of crazy how you cross that invisible threshold. One minute, I’m living with 6 other people, eating endless amounts of ramen, and can move all of my worldly possessions in a single weekend with a few boxes and friends bribed with only the promise of pizza; the next minute, I’ve acquired a husband, can’t wait to pick out paint colors and create a forever home, and have a crew of amazing friends who acknowledge our box-lugging days are over, and can recommend a good moving company. It’s a strange threshold to cross, people, but I promise it happens to the best of us.

Barber Shop Quartet - The Dressed Aesthetic

Barber Shop Quartet - The Dressed Aesthetic
Outfit styled using Dressed for iPhone

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Although we’ve recently signed a new lease in our current rental, Mr. Dressed and I have been talking more and more about starting to climb the property ladder. It feels like yet another step forward into adulthood, though the thought of putting down roots doesn’t scare me the way it used to. I’m actually excited by the thought of leaving rental life behind, of drilling permanent holes in the wall and not feeling so transient (and, if I’m being honest, what REALLY excites me is the thought of designing and building my dream closet!).

It’s only an abstract thought at this stage, but as we start to squirrel away our pennies and browse housing websites to drool over the zillion dollar homes we can never afford (but can aspire to), I find myself getting as excited about choosing lighting fixtures as I do about browsing for my next pair of strappy sandals. Maybe that’s what adulthood is: 1/2 dreamy, 1/2 practical, and spin and spin until thoroughly mixed…

What’s the most adult thing you’ve done lately?

 

xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: Kitty Girl Vintage (similar modern or vintage herehere & here)
Necklace: Vintage (similar here & here)
Handbag: Second Seed Vintage (similar here & here)
MUSI Shoe Clips: Oh Faro (same here & similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar here & here)

Lip Color: Glamour

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5 comments on Barbershop Quartet

  • skye

    This might be my favorite dress of yours! So summery. 10/10 would wear to stroll along a maritime boardwalk eating ice cream.

    Re: the invisible threshold – I’m only 21 (22 next month), but I think I’ve already crossed it! I never liked the itinerant lifestyle. I have a lot of anxiety, and I’ve realized one of my fundamental needs is a clean, stable place to beautify and call my own. I’ve lived in my apartment for almost two years, and it’s an absolute sea change from the “waking up on strangers’ couches” life. I can’t imagine ever going back to that.

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you! Definitely in my top ten list too. 🙂 I totally hear you…I feel like I was perhaps always a homebody too. But due to work, I traveled so much in my 20’s. I’ve moved every 4 years since I was about 18 (and big overseas moves) that I crave stability and roots now more than ever. I think it’s awesome that you’ve listened to what your body and soul need have found your place to feel safe. Like you, I’ve always needed home to be a safe haven – a place to escape. I’m hoping we can find that soon – cause my couch surfing days are WAY over! 😉 xxx

  • char

    Oh, this dress is wonderful. I love the stripes and that bag is so cute!

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thanks Char! I can’t seem to get enough of stripes…or polka dots. And you know me and my strawberry bags!! xxx

  • Camilla

    Oh my I love this dress, those colours are so vibrant and beautiful! That wicker purse though is Amazing, I want one! 🙂

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