The Dress Before Time

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Like all five-year-old children (wait, you mean I’m not one anymore?) I possess a strong and strange appreciation for dinosaurs. Though I once dreamed of becoming a paleontologist (and an archaeologist, and all varieties of people who uncover the past), these days I’m quite content that my lot in life is to work inside air-conditioned museums rather than out in the field.

So consider this dinosaur dress a consolation prize for my inner child, the one who so very much wanted to study natural history. I might be an art historian now, but I’m not above a little bit of well-informed dinosaur fangirling. And how better to celebrate youth and prehistoric reptiles than with a day at the playground?

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This is another dress by Cowcow, Amazon’s ultimate supplier of quirky dresses for low prices. Like my rocketship dress, it’s made from a kind of glossy synthetic material that is actually perfect for the summer. I was a little put off when I first touched it, but I’ve learned to love it. It swishes around quite nicely and keeps me cool!

In case you’re curious, this is a size large, which is a little big for me in some places–but I didn’t want to take my chances with clingy fabric.

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In addition to your standard pop-culture saurian usual suspects–ankylosaurus, triceratops, a steg or two–the design kindly includes Pachycephalosaurus, one of my all-time favorites! I suspect that the pattern might have jumbled species from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous all together, but what can you do? At least they’re not depicting humans alongside dinosaurs: my media pet peeve since I was a kid!

What’s your favorite dinosaur? Did you share my love for these ancient giants during your childhood? (Personally, I tend to favor even older creatures–tiktaalik, anyone?)


  1. It’s so cute! Shopping for presents for my cousins, one who just had her baby and while the other is due in October, I’ve come across a lot of cute dinosaurs things lately which as been making me want some cute dinosaurs of my own xD

    • The whole idea of cute dinosaurs as a cultural icon is so strange, considering what dinosaurs were actually like–BUT I STILL LOVE/WANT THEM ANYWAY ❤

      • True…but I don’t think The Land Before Time movies would have worked very well if they’d portrayed dinosaurs accurately! I loved those movies as a child xD

      • They are the best!!! I remember one time when I was little we were watching a Land Before Time movie and, in the film, the ground was shaking because a “sharptooth” was on approach or whatever–and then at the same time we ACTUALLY HAD AN EARTHQUAKE!! (Typical Hawai’i.) It was terrifying, but has not affected my otherwise happy memories of those movies!

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