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Suits you
Having just said in reply to another comment somewhere else that I didn't think very much really suited me, clothes-wise, I had a look in the mirror.

Today I am wearing one of the ugliest dresses I own. It's black with pinkish-orange stylised flowers all over it like big polka dots, except on the yoke (? bit just below collar) where it's black with pinkish-orange paisley pattern; it has tie-up bits at the end of the (half-length) sleeves, and tie-up bits under the bust (to make it sort of empire-line) -- both sets of ties are paisley-patterned too, actually -- and the top half of it buttons up to a small rounded collar. It comes to mid-calf length, which is possibly the most unflattering length known to woman.

Perversely, though, I think it actually looks okay on me. Maybe I just suit ugly clothes.
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k425 From: k425 Date: May 24th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Or maybe you suit non-standard clothes.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 24th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, believe me, this dress is ugly. I wouldn't pick it out of a charity-shop rack.
bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: May 24th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
So what did you pick it out of?
j4 From: j4 Date: May 24th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I took it as part of a pile of dresses that my mum didn't want any more.
k425 From: k425 Date: May 26th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
That doesn't stop it being something that suits you, or that you suit. Which may sound as though you suit ugly, which is wrong; I think perhaps you bring out the good in non-standard (or, if you wish, ugly) clothes.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: May 24th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clothes aren't the same on as off. It may be an ugly dress when it isn't filled out by You. Clearly it is perfectly OK, at the very least, when its molecules are mysteriously altered by the fact of you wearing it.

This also explains why clothes which used to look good tend not to after ten years or so have passed by: they have changed shape and the wearer inevitably has, also.

An "ugly" face (I have rarely seen a genuinely ugly face, barring those transformed by hateful expressions) can be totally changed when the bearer smiles; an "ugly" dress can be transformed by the person wearing it. Good for you, I say!
teleute From: teleute Date: May 24th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen this effect happen before. The friend that had her wedding at my house picked the most gad-awfully ugly dress I have ever seen in my life. We added a satin sash to tie under the bust (and over the ever-growing baby-bump) and suddenly she looked beautifully elegant and refined, something straight out of Bronte. Usually she looks like a standard scruffy teen, so it was a bit of a shock. I think that some dresses just work really well when they are being worn. Personally my theory is that it has something to do with scale of fabric: when you look at the fabric of an outfit when it's on the hangar you tend to fixate on the little details. When its being worn, the overall effect comes off, and that has more to do with how the pattern flows on the outfit, not what the pattern actually is.
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