But maybe, just maybe, after watching one-too-many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress with my daughters (and readers will note the irony, because I have always been a non-wedding dress person), after seeing women scream "Yes!" to 49 out of 50 strapless dresses, I was influenced not to ignore le robe bustier any longer.
Or maybe it was the sale rack at J Crew, positively pulsing with strapless dresses in pretty prints.
I have owned one strapless dress, one I saw in the vitrine of Eaton's in Charlottetown, some months before my Grade Six graduation. (In Canada, Junior High goes from grades 7-9, so leaving Grade Six requires a proper ceremony. Or at least it did in the 1970s.)
The dress was white cotton, with an bosom-covering eyelet ruffle, and another eyelet flounce at the hem. It was the most gorgeous dress in the world to me, and I put it on layaway. And wore it, only once, to my graduation.
I don't recall it being that spectacular on, because the dress was shapeless, aside from the elasticized parts that held it up. So maybe that's why I moved on and beyond.
So: back to the J Crew dress I tried on. Not bad. Points in my favour: even tan, good posture. Good fit, but I still passed. And that evening thought about returning to get it and in the morning was glad I didn't. It might have been the bare-ness, the seeming formality, I don't know. Maybe I'll go back again for another try.
Do gentle readers wear strapless for casual?