Thursday, October 21, 2010

Whiter Than Sour Cream



Yes, it has been warm here indeed ; I never thought I'd be able to wear this dress to work. I bought it last year to wear for our holiday trip to Mexico; it was my New year's Eve dress, in fact. But it's clearly a sundress, and layering it up with tights and a thick sweater just wouldn't feel or look right, so it has been lingering in the back of my closet, just waiting for the next tropical vacation. When it hit 100 at home and in the 90's at work, I knew it was time to pull it out.

This outfit sort of cracked me up because it made my already pale skin look exceptionally white. Now don't get me wrong; I work hard to maintain my fair complexion because it's better for my skin and in fact I think it looks more natural, but there's still something incongruous about a splashy bright sundress next to a ghostly, washed-out complexion.

The extreme pallor of my skin that day got me thinking about Weird Al Yankovic's hilarious parody of the Chamillionaire song, "Dirty," and the equally hilarious video which, if you haven't seen, is well worth a view (check it out below). In my opinion if you're a musician, you really know you've hit the big time when Weird Al parodies one of your songs. What I can't quite figure out though, is what it means for an artist when Weird Al's version is actually better than the original? In this case the original is not bad, but another rap song about crooked cops? Yawn. On the other hand, when has anyone ever rapped about being so nerdy that you speak fluent Klingon, and edit Wikipedia? Plus, Chamillionaire is just a flat out stupid name. Weird Al gets my vote on this one, especially since I'm white and nerdy myself.

Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese (via Gilt)
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Shoes: Fly London


14 comments:

WendyB said...

That's a happy dress!

Between Laundry Days said...

That IS a happy dress. It's definitely past sundress season in Chicago, so this seems very summery and happy to me.

Healthy and Homemade said...

I love it! You'd be a ray of sunshine down here. It's been raining all week, I love it!

Sara C said...

Holy crap I forgot how awesome that video is. Is that Donny Osmond??

And that dress is amazing! So very happy!

angie said...

The weather is going crazy all over the world.And then you get the chance to wear dresses like that and it's not so bad anymore.I like the belt over the cardi detail.So clever.

Chelsea said...

ooooh you look lovely in that sundress! and the cream cardigan is the perfect topper to ease the transition between bright color to your lovely porcelain skin tone.

And also, I fucking love that Weird Al song.

notSupermum said...

Awww, the video is blocked 'for use in your country' - shame. Love the dress though.

ReaderRita said...

The colors in that dress are completely delightful.
And actually, your color is delightful also-
You don't really look all that pale to me; but I'm so fair I'm almost clear, so I guess I'm not one to judge...
I'm glad you're finally getting some summer weather- even though the calendar says fall. It looks like you're having fun with it! Enjoy.

Franca said...

That dress is right up my street!

Sal said...

Mike blasts that song at least once a week. Seriously.

Charity said...

That dress is cute! I think I'd be tempted to try it as a skirt with black leggings and a black sweater top or cardigan buttoned to get to see the brightness year round.

Julia said...

ahh, white&nerdy - haven't seen it in a while. I love Donny Osmond dancing there.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Great dress - I love how bright and cheerful it is. And I love that video - especially the bit with the bubble wrap.

Yelena said...

This outifit makes me happy :)
Love that dress :)