My niece made the comment that one of my school photos confused her because I am wearing a dress and it makes me look older. It’s odd to see anyone at school in a dress these days! I don’t even own a dress. Skirts yes, dresses, no. We occasionally see one of our students in a dress. But when I went to school every female wore a dress. If the weather was terribly bad, we wore pants under our dresses. We weren’t even ALLOWED to wear pants in high school except for sports or special days.
This photo of one of my teachers from eighth grade says it all. The man always looked like this! My science teacher was the most casual because he didn’t wear a jacket. And my P.E. teacher didn’t wear heels with her dress.
My mother and grandmother always wore dresses unless they were working in the fields. And of course that meant aprons. Had to protect those dresses! I think both of them owned more aprons than dresses.
There was no protection for my dresses! Tomboy+dress=disasters. No getting around it. I think that’s why my mother switched me to skirts early in life. Only one half of an outfit to destroy! I was always tearing, staining, or somehow ruining some portion of my wardrobe. “You did what? Where?” My Gran loved the story of me going down the slide and only part of my dress making it to the bottom with me!
I have never really been a “dress up” woman, but I do have one priceless photo of my outfit for the Fireman’s Ball. No laughing! Okay, a little snickering.