While doing some thrifting at one of my local Goodwills this evening, I stumbled upon (and purchased) two dresses. I took some quick snapshots (the sun was setting, so it isn't really ideal light). They couldn't be more different:
The first dress has no adornments. It's simply a long black sheath with tiny cap sleeves. Its simplicity makes the back of the dress that much more appealing. The low, completely open, back is absolutely breathtaking in comparison with its rather conservative front. (Though, let me tell you, this dress definitely hugs the curves.)
The other dress could not even remotely be described as understated. It's too...everything. Bright purple, beaded, sheer panels. The only word I can think of is "pizazz". While it's certainly not an everyday dress, I adore it. Putting it on, you can't help but feel fancy.
This is one of many things I love about thrifting. Every decade, every style, every type of taste, is all squashed together. And though these dresses are wildly different, I'm drawn to them both. Somewhere in time, two ladies wore these dresses to cocktail parties or weddings, and hopefully felt stunning. Because that's what glamour is supposed to do--whether with understated details or over-the-top beading, glamour makes you feel good.