I have to admit, I’ve never been one for a basque waist. I’ve seen many a dress in rear view, only to turn them around and see that telltale triangular dip at the waist. It always reminded me of 80’s wedding dresses, which inevitably had me shuddering and quickly returning her to the racks. But, little did I know there’s a bit of magic hidden in a basque waist dress that fits you perfectly.
While scrolling through my Instagram (as we all do about 80 times per day), I slammed on my breaks when I spotted this cutie at Jess James + Co. Vintage. The colors! The plaid! In every way she seemed like a dream dress. And then I saw the basque waist. Sigh. Probably not the one for me. But, at Jess’s urging that it was divine, I decided to give it a shot. And I pulled up the zipper and turned to face the mirror, and I got that feeling. My fellow vintage huntresses will know what I mean. Where it hugs every curve just so and you feel both transported to the past and to the best version of yourself. Needless to say, I’m now converted. Basque-waist 1950’s dresses beware! I’m coming for you….
I‘ve had a visiting PhD student in the lab the last few weeks, which was an amazing flurry of dissections and discovery. My newfound frock got to make her debut at a farewell dinner for her this past weekend, where we all finally got to leave the lab and leave our laptops and bask in good food and good company. Basking while in a basque waist? It may be the kind of too much that’s just right…
Speaking of “basque-ing”, this week I get to bask in one of my very favorite things: get nerdy about sharks with the next generation of scientists! I’m in Boston participating in an amazing symposium called Shark Tales: Women Making Waves. It’s an entire event around working with and inspiring young girls with a passion for shark biology. Although it admittedly crept up on me and it was a bit of a push to get my butt on the plane, now that I’m here I’m thrilled to catch up with some of my favorite colleagues and get to interact with miniature versions of myself. I would have LOVED if this kind of program existed when I was a kid. Meeting shark researchers, getting to meet other girls with a passion that mirrored mine. It would have been amazingly impactful.
So, it will be a bit quiet around here the next few days, while I’m elbow deep in workshops and dissections. But trust me when I say I wouldn’t be anywhere else.
Dress: Jess James + Co Vintage (similar modern or vintage here, here & here)
Necklace: When Decades Collide (similar)
Handbag: Gift (similar here & here)
Shoes: White House Black Market, sold out (similar here & here)
Lip Color: Ruby Woo