There are pieces out there that are just pretty; really pretty. They make you feel dazzling and happy and feminine and just plain good.
There are also pieces that are, after lengthy examination, kinda ugly. Ugly in the sense that there are a few sorta okay characteristics about it, but the rest of it is just a hot mess.
And then there are those pieces that take your breath away at first sight; you can’t quite put your finger on why you’re speechless, but you can’t stop smiling either. Even though you know there are things about it that are a little bit daring, like the length, or the shape, or the volume, or the colors, you blush a little, and can’t stop smiling. You even ask yourself, could I pull that off? “Ridiculous,” says the voice inside your head (a voice that sounds eerily like the overly critical someone in your life, past or present, who always seemed/seems to expect their opinion to be your opinion….PLEASE tell me you know what I’m talking about?!?). Because it is so far out of their comfort zone, or because they’ve never seen anybody wearing anything like it (foreign is scary!!!), they crap on it.
These pieces, these scary, daring, make-you-smile, take-your-breath-away pieces are both pretty and ugly at the same time. They’re PRUGLY. Fantastic, cool, a little shocking, weird, beautiful, and grotesque, all at once.
And I’ve got my eye on one.
I mean, seriously. Look at her! Are there words?! I saw her across the showroom floor last week during my sacred weekly Anthro hour and had to stop myself from running to her side a la vampire speed. I HAD to try this lady Novella on STAT! My friend who was with me coughed a few times and managed to squeak out, “Whoa. Now that’s takin’ it to the next level!” I barely heard her; the crinoline underbelly of the skirt was making too much noise as I sprinted towards the dressing room. I hadn’t been this excited to try something on since Ms. Mixed Moto Jacket waltzed into my life. Friends, I wish I had taken a photo of her on. I took a size 4 and she fell gracefully to-the-floor, without dragging. SHE HAS POCKETS, PEEPS!! Her voluminous girth, silky material, confused Monet pattern and print is a lot to handle for sure. It’s gonna take conviction to wear a piece like this, I thought.
BUT IT WAS COMPLETE LOVE. PRUGLY LOVE.
And I was blushing.
The only thing I wish Moulinette Seours had done was put a hook and eye at the top of the zipper. Not a deal breaker at all, but when I snatch her up on sale, I’ll put one in myself. And yes, I will wait for sale, because at full price, Ms. Novella is going to be a hard sell for a majority of Anthro shoppers. And because I have conviction, I can wait to dance with the Novella Belle of the ball.
While I’m waiting though….might you amuse me with your own Prugly piece wants?! Pics are always helpful.