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I bought this cute floral dress with a sweetheart neckline when Forever 21 first opened in the Philippines. Most people will probably say that it was a very out-of-character purchase for me, but the truth is, I love dainty, 50s-inspired print dresses (I’ll have you know, I also have a cherry print one with a similar neckline). I even collect vintage pin-up photos and illustrations, and I started that when I was frequenting thrift stores in Cubao as a college student.
Anyway, I don’t think I’ve worn this often enough, as people always seem surprised whenever I fish it out of the closet. I think my sister even mistook it for a really old dress of mine because it probably looked like I mugged a 10-year old for this. I’m very nearly 30, so it also made me think–am I going to be too old soon for cute dresses?
I suppose I’ll just have to rely on good friends who won’t spare my feelings to tell me that I’m starting to look ridiculous. While I normally avoid pleated skirts, for example (among other things I deem age inappropriate at this point), it’s more difficult to discern with dresses that are too cute to resist. If I can still get away with it, then I will.
Side note: I darkened my previous hair color care of Empire Salon at Hotel Intercon, Makati! Thanks to style director Cristy for helping me achieve a more palatable brown, because my previous one was starting too look a little brassy and reddish for me.
Photos by Nio Manzano
Dress: Forever 21 / Shoes: Australian / Earrings: Aldo / Necklace: Stockton Row / Mineral lipstick: Mary Kay Sizzling Red