I remember it so clearly — we are driving around Grand Manan in our green Toyota van and we stop to get some gas. Attached to or near the gas station is a gift shop. I was in one of those convince your parents to buy a shirt from each “cool” place you vacation, even though you’ll never wear them, phases. I gave them the hard sell, but instead of a shirt I walked out of that shop with this brilliant pink and red maxi dress.
At the time I had a mushroom cut and was trying to get boys to notice me by imitating their behaviours: wall ball, attending Jr. B hockey games, wearing track pants and t-shirts. So, the fact that I ended up with a dress was odd. I remember it hanging off my slim, tom-boy frame but really liking how long it was. I’m sure I wore it to some special events beyond its vacation purposes (I’m pretty sure for one Halloween in highschool I fastened it around my neck for Supergirl’s cape), but for the longest time it hung out in the back of my closet next to other “special outfits”.
A couple years ago when I was searching my closet for “cool” items that I had forgotten about I came across it and thought, I wonder if it would fit? Clocking in at 5’1″, I am barely taller than I was when I was eleven; however, I am no longer awkwardly pubescent and slim. But this dress is made of some sort of crepe-esque material and seemed stretchy. When I tried it on it stretched a bit in the chest region, but otherwise fit well, if not a little baggy (cue the gold skinny belt!).
Since then, I’ve worn this dress a number of times in the summer and have definitely loved how it looks. How many other people can say that they are rocking a dress they’ve had since Jr. high?