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Dress: Vintage

Tights: JC Penney

Shoes: Ros Hommerson

Scarf: JC Penney

A workplace with a budget crisis. Closed-door meetings. Averted eyes. Individually, these things could mean nothing. But I’ve lived long enough to interpret my surroundings in meaningful ways, so I knew I would be laid off when I went to work this morning. It was my first direct experience with being relieved of my services, so I had no idea what to wear for my rescission.

I chose green, the color of hope, new life, and rebirth. It’s also the color of inexperience and money, neither of which I possess to any great degree at the moment. Anyway. If I had to go down, I wanted to look and feel my best doing it. My mother sanctioned green as a good color for me long ago. I trust her instincts on that.

This tunic dress is from the early 1990s, a period that has recently shimmied its way into the lexicon of what’s considered vintage. Its age is obvious to me because I wore tunic dresses like this in the 1990s.

The pockets on this dress were a little worrisome, strategically placed across my widest dimension. But it works. The long diagonal zipper probably offsets the pocket factor. (I love the gold buttons and zipper charm.) Shoes and accessories were a quandary. Brown wouldn’t have been my first choice, but that’s what I had. Never underestimate the power of a scarf to meld unlikely things.

P.S. Not to worry, friends. This was a wonderful ride and a part-time job for me. When one door closes, another opens somewhere. I’ll miss my friends not to mention the kids and parents I served. But life goes on. 


Life is short. Wear the good stuff.