Casual Friday: I’m From The 70s, But I’m A 90s Chick (and the promise of The Promise)

I have an incredibly hard time passing up a slip dress.  I live for their minimalist 90s goodness!  I may have been born in the 1970s, but I grew up in the 90s.  Slip dresses remind me of my college days, when I gleefully wore them alone, layered over tees, and layered under chambray button downs, paired with my Doc Martens, MaryJanes, or chunky sandals.  So, even though the 90s (and my 20s) are over, slip dresses still hold an important place in my sartorial heart.
When slip dresses started coming back into fashion the last year or so, I gleefully snatched them up.  I wear them a little differently today, but they still hold for me the free and relaxed feelings of my formative years.  They can go from super sexy to laid-back casual so easily, and I love pretty much any type of clothing that is lingerie-inspired.So, about today’s look – I paired a simple black slip dress with a muscle tee, slides, and a denim jacket for a casual weekend look.  The cute ties on the denim jacket, and the furry slides give the look a little funky flair.
With the slides swapped out for sneakers, I wore this same look for a casual dinner and movie date with the hubby last weekend.  My husband laughingly refers to these shoes as the product of a love affair between a flip flop and Peggy Bundy’s shoes.  Haters gonna hate.  Whatevs.  I love flip flops and Peggy was housewife glam.  I choose to take it as a compliment.  Ha!
For our night out, we ate at a locally owned pizzeria and then went to see The Promise.  I was so excited to see this movie as it’s about the Armenian Genocide.  My grandfather was Armenian, and I grew up with my Armenian ancestry being an important part of my identity.  This movie brought back a lot of feelings of my grandpa, and I was sad that he didn’t live long enough to see this film as I think it would have meant a lot to him.
Sadly, before the movie was even released, it had received thousands of negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and IMBD, believed to have been a deliberate smear campaign of the film.  Turkey still refuses to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, and sadly, (most likely out of an effort to maintain good diplomatic relations with this important Middle Eastern ally) even the U.S. fails to fully recognize it.  This genocide is estimated to have killed 1.5 million Armenians, half of the Armenian population of the time!  Turkish relations with the ethnic minority Armenians began to sour with the decline of the Ottoman Empire.  My own family escaped the Ottoman Empire before the genocide officially began in 1915, but persecution of Armenians had already started on a smaller scale before then.  The legacy of the genocide and the diaspora of Armenians that followed is an important historical tragedy that has gotten too little attention for much too long.
While a fictional tale, The Promise is being heralded by many Armenian historians as being very factually accurate, which is important when telling such an un-told story.  History has a scary way of repeating itself, and it is believed that many of the methods of extinction used by the Young Turks against the Armenians were later adopted by the Germans during the Holocaust.  Some German soldiers who were allies of Turkey during World War I went on to become members of the Nazi Socialist Party.  Ironically, a lot of modern-day Armenians live in Syria, particularly in Aleppo, where their ancestors were welcomed as refugees of the Armenian Genocide.  Today, these Armenians as well as other Syrians face the horrors of a civil war and terrorism, and many have been forced to flee their homelands yet again.
This film is important because even though it tells a story over 100 years old, the lessons of this story are still relevant today.  It’s a reminder of the importance of speaking out against oppression in all of its forms.  It’s a reminder that human beings, of all cultures and faiths, are capable of terrible atrocities and are equally capable of compassion and sacrifice.  It’s a reminder that people fleeing from wars, oppression, and genocide are not the enemy – that it’s our duty as fellow humans to help them.  In my opinion, The Promise is a balanced and well-told story, acknowledging the dangers faced and sacrifices made by Turkish dissenters who helped Armenians.   It isn’t an US v. THEM or Armenian v. Turkish story…it’s a human story of the perils of too much power, the tragedy caused by scapegoating groups of people, and of the foibles and heroics of everyday people caught up in circumstances beyond their control.
As a proud human of Armenian descent, I urge everyone to see this film – it’s worth your time, I promise!  And, if it suits your fancy, see the movie wearing a slip dress… but really, just see the movie.  All proceeds from the film are being donated to non-profit charities and humanitarian organizations!
I’m always on the hunt for good films – have you seen any movies lately that have moved you or even just given you a great belly laugh?Are you a fan of slip dresses?

Dress:  Who What Wear x Target (Available here); Tee:  LOFT (old); Jacket:  ELOQUII (Available here); Shoes:  Kohl’s (Available here); Necklace:  ELOQUII (Available here); Clutch:  Who What Wear x Target (Available here); Sunglasses:  ELOQUII (Available here)

Author: Cassie

I'm the owner/publisher of Style Cassentials, a curvy and petite gal OBSESSED with fashion and strong believer in making clothes work for YOU! I love sharing advice on all things fashion, especially shopping and fit tips!

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