Sunday, April 11, 2010

A mid-summers daydream

      "We walked through a high hall way into a bright rosy -colored space, fragilely bound into the house by french windows at either end.  The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that  seemed to grow a little way into the house.  A breeze blew through the room,  blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding- cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine- coloured rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.
       The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon.  They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house.  I must have stood for a few moments listening to the whip and snap of the curtains and the groan of a picture on the wall.  Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room, and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor." - F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

I remember reading this passage from The Great Gatsby on a cold winters day and imagining the scene so vividly in my minds eye that I could almost imagine myself the third woman in that room, also adorned in all white perched on a nearby settee enjoying the summer breeze.  It was from that moment on my summer wardrobe took a turn from all jeans, tanks and cargo pants to flowing dresses and jeweled sandals.  I have never been one to wear shorts too often in the summertime, so therefore I was often very hot in my long pants or even capris but after reading this one simple passage from this classic novel my summer wardrobe consists now mainly of cool, comfortable and casual dresses that can be dressed up or dressed down to fit any summer event.  Yet I still search every summer I for the perfect little white dress in the vein of Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker.



1 comment:

  1. I love that. That's a wonderful summer wardrobe inspiration - and a good inspiration for a collection!


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