By Claudia Saide | Image via Irene’s Closet
I still wear this See by Chloé white apron summer dress that I bought ten years ago. I remember seeing it for the first time at Bergdorf’s and calling my dad begging him to let me buy it (I was still living life on his dime, and yes I was a total brat), explaining that it was just the thing I needed for my upcoming New Year’s trip to Miami.
Although I may not be the girl who runs to daddy for money anymore (or to Miami on New Year’s for that matter), I do still love that dress—so thanks dad, you were responsible for one of my most cherished pieces that I’d ever bought (come to think of it, maybe that’s another subconscious reason for loving it so much).
It’s funny, because if you knew me well five years ago, you’d have thought that the dress would’ve been swallowed in the sea that was my wardrobe—I never threw things out—but it always managed to make itself noticeable.
And then after I donated more than half of my closet (a la Marie Kondo) it stuck out even more. Since then, that dress has been on my body more often than not (in the summers anyway). It’s just one of those pieces that I know I’ll have forever. Who knows, maybe I’ll even pass it down to my daughter if I get around to having one (fingers crossed).
Everyone should have at least one piece that they wear throughout the years. Maybe its the scarf your grandmother knitted for you, or maybe it was your first pair of ballet flats, but having at least one thing that’s traveled with you in time feels so comforting.
For me, the dress began its journey in Miami when I was eighteen and out of my mind. It followed me to the summer when I really fell in love with my now husband, and I packed it the following year for our three-week honeymoon despite the fact that my trousseau prepared me with a brand new outfit for everyday.
I wore it at least once a week during the summer after I gave birth to Henri—it hid my leftover belly bulge like nothing else—and I continue to wear it all the time.
It’s the perfect summer dress, at least in my eyes, but more than that, it’s a collection of moments, moments that I get to relive every time I put it on. And it all started on a snobby trip to Bergdorf’s.