Lisa sent me this gorgeous, slightly obscene dress (click on the picture to go to the eBay listing). Notice, please, that the design is of tiny lit cigarettes! Why is it that the iconography of things that are bad for you, like smoking and alcohol, is so alluring? When I was in London I saw a woman in a lovely 40s peplum dress that also had a cigarette pattern; I asked her if it were vintage although of course it was obvious. Not that I don't think that a modern rockabilly dress with a pattern of little lit cigarettes wouldn't sell out in the time it took the web page to reload …
But I wasn't going to post about little lit cigarettes today, I was going to tell you about some funny dress superstitions I found while looking up something completely different … here's a few of my favorites, so far:
If you tear your dress under the arm there will soon be a wedding.
If your dress is torn by a bramble, someone envies you.
If a stick catches in your dress while you are walking, you will meet a new beau.
If mud splashes on your white dress, someone is speaking ill of you.
It is bad luck to let anyone wear your new dress before you do. (How convenient!)
Never mend your dress while you’re wearing it; you will become poor, or people will speak maliciously about you.
It is considered lucky to tear a new dress before it is washed. (By whom?)
If you wear a new dress for the first time and it rains, it will rain every time you put it on.
Anyone have other ones?
Also — I may not have internet access until Monday (I know! The withdrawal will kill me!) so posting frequency may be somewhat less than once per day. But I did add the link to Secret Lives #7 over there on the right …