Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Deidre talks about her adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony Bandana Print Dress.
For a timid and overly cautious person, I have an odd sense of fearlessness when it comes to water. As a child, I was notorious for breaking free from my mother’s lovingly tight grip and jumping headlong into the adult end of the pool. Last summer, while chilling on a pontoon boat in the middle of a lake in Alabama, I jumped in right along with everyone else. They’d all gone to summer camp and knew the mechanics of treading water, while I searched around for the “bottom” of the lake so I could bounce back up. There are no lakes in Brooklyn, just an occasional kiddie pool and numerous water hydrants flooding the streets and I am largely untalented when it comes to staying afloat in big bodies of water. I did not know you can’t reach the “bottom” of a lake and bounce back.
But I’m not some floundering idiot with a secret death wish to drown, and while I’m not a great swimmer, I do posses some survival skills that I believe come from being a Pisces, the fish of the zodiac. In addition to last summer’s lake incident, I took a surfing class, at Rockaway Beach of course, and much to my instructor’s surprise popped up and rode a wave on the first try. Despite these near death experiences, I’m brave. It’s only fitting that the latest addition to rotation of summer dresses is a neoprene zip-front scuba style dress. Adidas Originals and Opening Ceremony have made a stylish swim-inspired dress, just quasi-sporty enough for doggy paddlers like me to wear with pride. I’ve decided that it’s time to stop chalking my aquatic abilities up to my zodiac sign. You will be happy to know that I’ve started adult swim lessons this summer at McCarren Park Pool, which is only four-feet deep.