I sometimes find it a challenge deciding what to wear when I will be at multiple places throughout my day. This is especially true when my outfit needs to effortlessly transform from a day to night look. More importantly when the locations I will be visiting are all quite different.
This one specific day I had meetings in the city and later in the evening I was driving to the countryside to visit a friend’s farm house just outside of Stratford, Ontario which happens to be Justin Beiber’s hometown, for all you Beliebers.
I was thinking ahead about the beautiful country scenery and the photos I would be able to capture there on a farm along with my new puppy Jasper. I wanted to wear something that would complement the countryside.
I immediately thought of this amazingly vibrant coloured dress I purchased in Delhi, India about four years ago. I probably had worn it two times before, if that. It’s so brightly coloured, embellished with rhinestones and intricate fabrics that I almost looked as if I was wearing a costume. I vividly recall being at what ended up being one of my favourite fashion destinations in Delhi called Kahn Market and walking into that particular store and being overwhelmed with all the eye-catching garments. I don’t remember the name of the store but I will never forget the inside. It was a fairly tiny store that was tightly packed with what seemed like endless garments. There were several dresses similar to mine pictured, but this one caught my eye because of the colour juxtaposition. The one thing I did not like about it was it was floor length. At that length, with that fabric and colour the dress was just too overpowering and definitely looked like I could have been the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
When I see something that catches my eye like this dress, I am already styling the finished ensemble in my head. The first thing I needed to do was to shorten it above the knee. As you can imagine, the traditional Indian lady in the shop immediately disagreed with my decision and insisted that if I shortened the dress I would completely ruin it. Needless to say, I ended up shortening it elsewhere.
This particular day it was exceptionally hot so I thought it was a perfect dress for both the city and the countryside. I was running around the city all day and to make it a little more sporty I paired it with a pair of my go-to high top white leather Converse. More importantly, I wanted to be comfortable throughout the day.
When I got to the country I was running around with my new puppy Jasper, through the fields. After, I wanted to visit the recently born pony, the pig and several other horses. I suddenly realized that wearing all white converse to a farm was not the best choice if I wanted to wear them again in the same pristine condition. Luckily, someone offered to loan me their Hunter boots. There has never been a time I wish I hadn’t contemplated over and over about purchasing Hunter boots in the past. Not only did they serve their purpose on the farm but they went well with my outfit. Yayyy! I wished I had purchased the red Hunter boots I have added to my shopping cart in the past probably at least four times and never thought they would be useful to me in Toronto.
Funny thing, while walking around the small town of Stratford, I found a shop that carried more colours of Hunter boots than I have ever seen before and ended up purchasing the red pair I had been hemming and hawing about in past. I only wished I had them the red pair the day before to wear with my dress. Boo hoo. Next time I will be more prepared.
The following day I put little effort into my outfit because I packed last minute and figured being in small town was an excuse to put my wet hair into a braided ponytail and wear baggy clothing.
It was a nice escape from city life but one day in countryside Ontario was enough for me.
Until next time,