Welcome to this month’s Match Made in Seven collaboration! This month’s theme was chosen by Emma of Style Splash. I took the basic idiom for the theme and turned it into my version by adding red, as in All Red Dress-ed Up and No Place to Go. It’s the perfect expression for this time, isn’t it? I know we can all relate.
We’ve all heard this expression many times and it made me wonder where it came from. According to the website Grammarist, we can get an idea as to the background of this idiom.:
The idiom all dressed up and no place to go came into common use in the early 1900s and is attributed to a 1910 musical production, The Girl of My Dreams. All dressed up and no place to go began as American slang and is sometimes rendered as all dressed up and nowhere to go.
Interesting, huh? We all use expressions like this every day with little or no idea how they got started. Sometimes, the origins are not only surprising but are also a bit risque! Lol!
So onto the red dress, and the no place to go.
All Red Dressed Up and No Place to Go
The Red Dress
I picked this floral dress just before the crisis escalated and the stay-at-home orders were put into place. I loved the simple lines and the bright color. My original thought was that this would be great for something different for Easter. Generally, I go with soft “Easter egg” colors to celebrate this holiday, but I thought the red would be fun for a change. Well, it turned out the change part was right, anyway!
The vibrant lilies on the “poppy red” background add a fun flourish to this dress. Cap sleeves are very flattering and hide that underarm bulge that some of us have! The below-the-knee midi length is also a good look for most of us, and the front slit adds a touch of sexy to the look.
You may remember my outfit featuring the pretty blue skirt and a denim jacket in the post Mix and Match Outfit Ideas for Spring. You can get the Same dress in Blue Floral just like that skirt and it’s very pretty, too! If a bit more subtle.
Here are some other cute red floral midi dresses:
**Note: the first one is the dress I’m styling in this post.
I picked up this faux leather satchel from Sole Society as I like the size. The color is “light canyon” and has a touch of pink so it will go with tans and beiges as well as pinks and reds. I like the way it picks up the mauvy pink in the dress. My pumps are a favorite in a light mocha/tan shade. A similar pair of neutral pumps can be found here.
No Place To Go
I know you can all join me in lamenting that we really have nowhere to go. Do I hear an amen?! Maybe the occasional trip to the grocery store, but none of my outfits look particularly good with my face mask! Lol! All joking aside, it’s good to know that our staying home is flattening the curve, but still horribly sad to see our COVID-19 death toll rising? It’s a sad time, indeed, and my heart goes out to all who have lost someone they love.
So, dressing up for just a short time–time enough to enjoy my saucy new dress and take a few photos–is a nice distraction. While talking about clothes in no way deters us from thinking about the difficulties of this time, it does give us pause to enjoy the things we used to consider “normal.”
There are so many things I will no longer take for granted after this crisis eventually comes to an end. Certainly, shopping, lunching, going to the gym, and such will be great, but most of all, I will no longer take my friends and family for granted. Seeing them and spending time with them are our most precious gifts. As we embark on our “new normal,” I hope to never lose sight of the importance of key people in our lives.
Now, check out how my creative colleagues have styled their looks for “All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go!”
Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.
Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/
Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/
Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/
Emma of http://www.style-splash.com/
Nancy of https://www.
Stay safe and healthy, my friends.