Every year we journey to Annapolis for the annual St. John's College v. Naval Academy Croquet Tournament. It's the event of the year--not because of the game, which I frankly still don't know enough about to actually watch with any interest, LOL, but because of the event itself.
I've no doubt explained it before--everyone dresses in their finest, the ladies don hats, and if you took a slice of the crowd, you could easily mistake it for an Edwardian gathering.
Years ago I asked for this hat for Christmas, and it remains the quintessential croquet hat. ;-) Sadly, I haven't worn it for years because the dress I'd gotten to go with it did a serious fading on me (Grrrrr) and looks seriously terrible. But I've never been able to find a replacement.
This year I got aggressive and started looking online. I eventually decided to make an investment in this lovely raspberry vintage gown, with the thought that I can not only wear it to croquet for years to come, I can also, if I decide to be brave, wear it to the ACFW awards gala. Watcha think? Ought I be so brave?? Not that the dress itself would be brave, but I'm thinking I could pair it with the hat for conference too, if I'm feeling inspired. ;-) We shall see.
Now the final step is finding some truly fantastic Edwardian-style jewelry . . . but I think I might have the perfect thing, just need to get it restrung. Oh, the joy of dressing up! Now here's hoping it'll fit my sister too so she can wear it to my book signing in Hagerstown, MD on May 5!
(And for you Edwardian fans, I just started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix. Just a random aside . . .)