I have been wanting to do this kind of post for a really long time! :)
Hope you all enjoy it...
I have so many ANCIENT J. Crew catalogs, including a handful from (gulp) the '90s, and whenever I have a few moments, I peruse the older ones as part of nostalgia for my youth.
(My severely misguided sartorial youth, but we will see evidence of that a bit later.)
One day it occurred to me..."would I wear the outfit I am seeing in this old catalog--as styled--if J. Crew (or x company) issued it again?" Often the answer is "yes," especially with any J. Crew from 2003-2008, but in the catalogs from before then the answer is "OMG, no, please dear God, leave it there with Roxette and this hairstyle that Hugh Grant made popular."
I sometimes (sometimes) can find a piece or two that is redeeming, but they are definitely far and few between.
All of this may well be because I wore the originals non-ironically (crazy twenty-something hipsters are wearing oh so ironically, yikes) but some of these older catalog images give me the skeevies. LOL.
So, I ask you..."if it came back today, would you wear it?"
Wow. That dress is LONG. And very much placing me firmly in the sister wife category.
(So you all know, at this point I was working with a boatload of LDS--aka Mormon--co-workers at the House of Representatives. They always ALWAYS thought I was a fellow LDS until I would bring in a HUGE steaming cup of coffee into the office, usually because of a night of wine drinking the evening before made me a bit bleary-eyed. I am not even kidding you. BTW, my LDS co-workers were always way more stylish than I...I definitely was always the most covered-up and the most blah. Yeah, I know, me "queen of the print" was a big fan of the solids, from head to freaking toe.)
yet another trend from the 90s that I really think should just stay there.)
So it should be fairly obvious that I will go nowhere near this trend, ever EVER again.
You all have a great night!
P.S. If you really want a LONG red dress, here's a potential candidate. ;)