There are certain styles of dresses that remind me of my childhood. One of them is the collared bib dress. When I saw these two collared bib dresses at Ted Baker, I smiled. Unconsciously my mind wandered back to that certain part of my childhood, aged 9 to 11, in the Philippines.
I grew up a nomad, constantly moving around the archipelago every few years. I remember with deep fondness that three-year-period of my childhood life, before we moved yet again to a distant island – the school I attended, the neighborhood, our house, the language (native in that island), and the food – all of which I would miss after we moved to an unfamiliar island with totally different culture.
It was during that time when I became aware of my love for style. At the age of nine, I became very adept in mixing and matching my clothes – from dresses, tops and skirts, down to the shoes, shoulder bag, and hair accessories.
Thanks to my lola, my very stylish grandma who gifted me many beautiful dresses and bags, and my parents` booming business (the best we ever experienced), I had an interesting wardrobe for a young girl. Two of the pieces I enjoyed wearing were a collared bib dress and a collared bib top.
So you see, this post is meaningful to me!
There´s an element of girly-ness in a collared bib dress, yet Ted Baker was also able to infuse modern and powerful attitudes into the looks.
I will certainly wear these dresses to an evening party or to a romantic dinner date with my husband (especially the pleated one), and I will toughen them up for the office (especially the navy) or for a business meeting.
Except for the office, where you probably need to cover your shoulders – according to your dress code – with a cropped or waist level drapey cardigan, the only thing you need to complete the look are a pair of open-toe strap high heeled sandals and a beautiful bag.
These dresses are definitely in my book!