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10 November 2007 @ 08:15 pm
I acknowledge that most of my flist is far more fashionable than I; at the very least, you're better dressed at the most basic level. So. Three weeks from today, I've a party to attend*. I need a dress; should ideally be dressy but not crazy fancy. I don't want to spend a lot.

As for my body: I'm 5'7". Average build, curvy rather than slim. I'm high waisted - all leg, darn it, which makes buying anything fitted a bit of a bother. My psoriasis isn't too bad at present, so I don't think I need to worry overmuch about that. Also, I can wear black tights or stockings if I'm anxious about showing my legs.

Ideas (well, really just the one) thus far:

I was thinking of this** (views on and off the model):

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Not entirely sure, though. It might be too cleaveage-y. Any ideas? Suggestions? Tips? HELP!?

ETA: just found out this dress ships on 12/25. I officially hateam very cranky with Newport News. fmeh.

Also, I just bought this:

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for my Dad's memorial service tomorrow. The photo doesn't do the colour justice - there's a lot of muted purple and green/grays. It's so not a me dress, I have no idea why I chose it. But I think is sort of looks good on me. Yeah. I said it. also, it was on sale, so I didn't freak completely about making the purchase. MAN, I hate shopping for myself. I'll be wearing it with black tights and my tall black boots (they have heels! as in over two inches! yeep!).

I hate how much this stress me out.

*the Club KO holiday party, where, as a fledgeling instructor, I'll be meeting all the staff of the other branches. I'd like to look good. Actually, I'd like to look gorgeous, but I'll gladly settle for 'neat and well put together.' So nervous. bah.

** The dress is $49. I figured I'd order it with the knowledge I'd still be looking for another option. Lo, the site tells me the dress will ship 12/25. Not remotely helpful. Ugh. I think I'll call the 800 number on Monday. Maybe this is a glitch. *sigh* This was my fall-back dress. I'm a wee bit cranky.
I feel: anxiousanxious
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on November 11th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I really love that first dress. A lot. I wish I had one. *two thumbs up*

Erm... where did you find it, and how much is it?
Kelladyjoust on November 11th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Newport News, here.

Normally $74, currently $49. I'm tempted to get it just because the price is so decent, but I'm so darned unsure as to whether I could pull off the low cut.

RiceVermicelliricevermicelli on November 11th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
That first dress is lovely. And yes, it is cleavage-y, but this is a party, yes? That is supposed to be fun, yes? So cleavage is a-okay. But I note that the model evidently has no need for supportive undergarments. (You'd want a deep plunge demi-cup bra, in black, and an understanding that you'd wind up flashing strap at some point in the evening.)

The second dress: That's a very nice dress, and with the boots, it could rock out with the best of them, but maybe give it a few spins with other events before you try to wear it out for fun. Funeral to party is a big transition, and it's hard to make it all at once.

But mostly, I wonder why you must absolutely wear a dress to this event. Club KO does not sound to me like the sort of place that expects women to wear skirts, and if you know you are sometimes uncomfortable showing leg, and if you know that you are already nervous about meeting other instructors and making a good impression... You could skip the dress. Find yourself a lovely pair of light wool slacks if you don't already own one, and then get yourself a festive fancy top that you can put a bra under at H&M or Old Navy.
Kel: serious Oracleladyjoust on November 11th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
The first dress: I have no problem flashing strap, should it happen. That's perfectly acceptable. Alas, I've just found out that the first dress won't ship until 12/25. I'm a bit curious as to how they advertise it as Holiday Fashion, unless they're touting it as the perfect Presidents' Day attire. gah. I'll call them on Monday, on the off chance that's erroneous information.

The second dress: I'm with you: funeral to party is quite the transition. It was my husband who made the suggestion, but I think he was just so happy I'd bought myself an article of clothing that he would've said anything remotely encouraging.

I suppose I don't have to wear a dress to this event. Really, that's my own desire talking. I so rarely gussy up, I'd like the chance to do so, and if my legs don't boast clear skin, they are a rather lovely shape. But you make a good point: I can be just as dressy with slacks and a nice top. I'll scope out H&M (ooo! fitted women's vests might be something to look at) and see if inspiration strikes.

RiceVermicelliricevermicelli on November 11th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
I don't want to rain on the dress parade if you think you would enjoy wearing a dress. Only if you think it would stress you out.

That's really disappointing about the ship date. I feel like it's mean of them to even show it in the catalog if it's that badly backordered.
Kelladyjoust on November 11th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not raining. I'm so in the mindset of "Party = DRESS!" I never thought of other options. Alas, I seem to find ways to stress myself out needlessly.

I'm hoping the ship date is an error. And, if not, I'll have no qualms about sharing my disappointment.

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Kel: beautiful Jane Eyreladyjoust on November 11th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
First of all: &hearts you. How long has it been since you've seen my figure and you still think I'd rock the dress at ALL? *smooch!*

Secondly: I tried to order it online and it said it would ship 12/25. The HELL? I need it for 12/1! Ugh. I'll try to call Monday and see if that's accurate. If not, I'd love input for other dress sources. *pleads!*