Fashion,  Pregnancy

The 70’s called: they think I’m fabulous.


I have a confession to make: I was absolutely terrified to wear this in public. Don’t get me wrong: I ADORE this dress (kimono, caftain, 1970’s “At Home Wear” from Sears (that’s what the tag says) whatever it is) and I  have no issues swanning around in it at home. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’ll be my go-to wear when I’m pregnant enough to feel like a whale. It’s going to fit me the entire way through.

But in public? I mean… how many women under 70 do you see wearing a garment like this? Ever? 2

In Washington, that number is approximately… like… one. Me. It took all I had not to change before Mr. Owl and I went to the Sunday family gathering. I’m glad I wore it, though. The husband is a little bit skeptical about it (and let’s just say it’s because he doesn’t like maxi dresses), but nobody asked why I was dressed like crazy, so that’s good!4

I think this is the first time I’ve ever done a “brave” fashion thing. People I know call me brave for always wearing dresses and skirts, but that’s not bravery. That’s my comfort level. I get incredibly self-conscious wearing jeans or shorts, I can’t even tell you. I don’t know how to style them and I never have. But dresses and skirts? So easy to wear.

Except for this gorgeous dress, because it is so far out there even my mom didn’t comment that she’d worn something like this when she was my age. I got told by my loving husband that this is what his 90 year old aunt used to wear.

To which I retorted, “well, then she had awesome style.”5 68 9

I think wearing it out and about may have won him over in the end, though, or at least his comments weren’t meant to be discouraging, because after a while he admitted it looked fine.

But this is my brave fashion choice. A 1970’s (or even possibly 60’s: does anyone know what the “At Home Wear” tag might date to? I’ll take a picture of it on instagram (@owleccentric) and you can tell me if you know) caftain that will fit me through my entire pregnancy. I’m in love with it.

Also, I think the more pregnant I get, the crazier my fashion tastes are becoming. So this could get interesting!3

Vintage: dress
Target: Sandals
Icing: Earrings

What about you? Have you ever chosen to wear something against what your significant other (or family) says, just because you love it? What’s the bravest fashion choice you’ve made? And how did it turn out?

I hope you all have a glorious Monday!


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  • Becca Lee

    Oh my god, I love it! You are totally rocking it! That’s awesome that your pregnancy is inspiring more bold fashion choices. I have a few ridiculous pieces that I love wearing, too. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your pregnancy fashion!


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    • Eccentric Owl

      Isn’t it fantastic? I can’t get over the pattern, especially. And once I realized that there’s a little elastic band and button on the inside to adjust the flowiness, I loved it even more.
      It’s so fun to get crazy with fashion; I think pregnancy has made me more body-confident, which in turn has made me more bold in fashion choices.

      • Becca Lee

        What! It’s all in the details. Stuff like that kills me, it’s so cool! I love that your pregnancy has made you more body-confident. I hope it keeps up even after your little one is born!

  • LOTRNerd

    That dress is simply beautiful. I’m glad you wore it and featured it in your blog post. Even though it might be out of the norm, you cannot deny it’s beauty. Props to you for making a brave fashion choice, regardless of what everyone thinks.

  • Alexandra Marie

    High five to you! I love it when girls aren’t afraid to wear what they love. You totally rock it! <3 Alex

  • Salazar

    The print looks awesome, but man, I can only imagine what the fabric feels like. That close-up shot of your face is gorgeous, btw.

    I don’t think I made too many “brave” fashion choices, but probably my loudest piece would be my 1970’s bright green graphic dress (got to love the 70s. They gave us so many fabulously questionable trends, just second to the 80s I think.)

    • Eccentric Owl

      The fabric is actually pretty nice and soft! I was surprised! I have a thing for fabrics.

      The 70’s DID have some fabulously questionable trends, but the 80’s totally win. Haha!

  • Marlen

    My hair is probably the bravest fashion choice i did against EVERYONE’S opinion, haha. They all said it’d be terrible, but I wanted to do it since I was like 16 so off it went 😉 And I LOVE this dress (also the title haha). You should make brave decisions more often- it looks so gorgeous on you. Those colors look so great with your hair and skin tone too 🙂

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    • Eccentric Owl

      I’m SO glad you cut your hair because I think it’s AMAZING on you! It brings out your features so well!
      Teehee. I figured since I was basically a hippie I might as well go all the way with the title! 😀 Thank you!

  • Melissa McBride

    Girl… I’m convinced you’d look good in a burlap sack if you wanted to. You can pull off anything! 😉

  • Julie

    I think it is lovely – and I’m not being sarcastic. I’m not fashionably brave. The biggest bravery for me is wearing heals.

    • Eccentric Owl

      Thanks Julie! Heels CAN be daunting, especially if they’re super tall! Haha, now that I’m pregnant, I can’t wear supertall heels for very long. I start to lose my balance!

  • Mom

    You must be like me, because I am always wearing things nobody else is wearing. I have been told by Daddy and you that I shouldn’t wear that. I do anyway. I may not look as gorgeous as you, but I don’t care. I’m comfortable : )

  • Amia

    I love this dress and your peacock earrings are so pretty! My mom used to make comments about my style when I was younger. I always wore bright colors (and still do) but I would clash odd color pairings and wear as many patterns as I could at once (polka dot skirt, striped top, floral scarf all at once). Now my clothes are still bright but less clash-y. If I wear something dark, like all black or grey, THAT’s when I get the odd look haha.

  • Marla Rogers

    So I just randomly stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad I did :] LOVE the dress so so so much seeing you rock it is really inspiring. I am obsessed in vintage styles and am never quite brave enough to wear them in public…thanks for the motivation :]

  • Linda

    Oh but dear you are neither anyone’s old aunt or Mrs. Roper. You are gorgeous and young so you can pull that look off. I however would look just like a crazy old lady in a big hangy thing. Great photos.

  • Little Eye

    Splendid! Especially with the pink lips + eyes. I have a few of these numbers that I just ‘had to have’ simply because they were so outrageous, but have yet to actually wear… inspired!

  • Runes and Rhinestones

    Wow! That looks… Interesting 😀 Definitely not my style, but I think it really suits you, especially pregnant. I think most of my wardrobe is against what my family approve of, but they’ve come to accept it now.

  • kelsey bang

    ok you should totally rock this dress in public! you make it look amazing! the softness of the fabric and the fun print and shape is amazing! LOVE IT!

  • kelly loh

    I used to go shopping and pick out the weirdest things I could find and then when I had to get dressed and leave the house I’d wear four or five of the items at once, whether they matched or not. I also tended to buy colored eyeliner and layer it like eyeshadow. And then I started wearing jeans and tshirts all the time. I don’t know what happened, maybe I was suddenly crushingly self-conscious. Anyway, I want that dress. It looks awesome! If anyone knows where I can find one, LEMME KNOW!