This is such a great, casual dress for the hottest days of summer. Lightweight and shapeless, it won’t stick to you when it’s humid out, but it still provides coverage for when you’re not in the mood to opt for the skimpier summer fare. The high, square neckline is balanced by the cut-out back, and the asymmetrical hemline (long in the back, short in the front) creates a drapey feel that sashays as you walk. I’ve thrown a sweater on over my shoulders and worn this to work before, as well. I love the muted red and black tie dye pattern too, it’s subtle but more interesting than just a solid color.
Between the airy nature and printed pattern, this dress makes me think of something I’d wear in the desert, which makes me think of Morocco, which makes me think of “Rock the Casbah!” “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash never fails to brighten my mood. I could dance to it allll day, whenever it comes on I have to turn the music up a little louder. I even have a tote from a Kate Spade collection 5 or 6 years ago that says “Rock the Casbah” on it in gold lettering, that’s how much I enjoy this song. My earliest memory of it is from childhood, when my entire Kennedy family would go up north to lake houses in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin every summer. We were listening to it on the water and two of my cousins were trying to explain the lyrics to me, but I was like 10 at the time so it was over my head (and they were 9 and 11, so who knows how accurate their analysis was.)
In actuality, the lyrics are about an Arab king who gives his pilots orders to bomb everyone in his kingdom who’s listening to rock music, but the pilots disobey and blast rock music from their radios all over the nation, causing everyone in the kingdom to dance… and rock the casbah. Quite fantastical, but inspired by a real ban on Western music in Iran in the 70s. I love the rebellious nature of the lyrics, I think the rock out and live and let live feelings transcend any nation or religion. The music is so fun and upbeat, it’s a perfect song for parties when you want to get people moving, or just create a happy mood.
Rock the Casbah
Listen to it here! “Rock the Casbah”-The Clash