Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day and More

I mentioned in my last post that LT and I would be attending a military formal in about 3 weeks - 6 June to be exact. I've been on the hunt for the perfect dress for a few weeks. Yesterday I spent my mother's day on a solo shopping trip to the mall and David's Bridal. It was quite fun and somewhat relaxing.

I scoped out Macy's selection, which seems to have dwindled since I last browsed there. Then I went to Dillards and actually tried on a few there. I found one that I sort of liked, but it needed to be hemmed and I wasn't exactly sure how the sleeves were supposed to lay, on the shoulder, off the shoulder, one on - one off, etc. I tried that dress on 2x thinking I might be able to decide on it, but I just couldn't! I decided I would just risk it and look a few more places before I spent the money on it. I even considered buying it and returning it, but that seemed like a bit of a hassle and there was the whole in need of being hemmed thing. Any time a garment needs an alteration, that plays heavily into me not buying it!

So I ventured to David's Bridal hoping to find something. I decided while I was there that they aren't trying to sell things to people like me. Most of the dresses on the racks were either 4s or 24s. Even though there were dresses that I liked, there was no way I could try one on and get any idea of what it would really look like. Then there's the whole having to order it, risk it not getting here in time, needing to get it altered in some way, etc. Why not just stock one in every size so those of us who can't wait 6 weeks for a dress and want to actually be able to try it on in our size can have a chance of buying a dress? That's a no brainer to me! I guess they make money charging people an extra fee to expedite shipping on a dress they don't have in stock.

I took the few dresses I found in my size that I liked to the dressing room and started the process. I tried on a couple of things that were okay. They'd work if I didn't find anything else. Then I tried on THE dress. I put it on and walked out of the dressing room to look in the mirrors, which cover every wall and door of their dressing area. I fell in love. I really did feel like the queen of the ball in it! It was everything I wanted in a dress - sleeves of some sort, not low cut, flattering, I can wear a real bra with it and it needs no alterations! I walked back into my dressing room and looked at the price. I had to walk out and look in the mirrors again to be sure it was worth the price.

After I took it off, I asked the guy if he could hold it for 24 hours and he could only hold it until they closed yesterday. I had him hold it so I could call Jake and see if he was willing to spend that kind of cash on a dress. He said the price was fine if he thought it was something I would be willing to wear in the future to other functions with future units. I think it's a stand the test of time sort of dress. I wish I could wear it every day!

I walked back into David's Bridal to pay for it and walked out with my new dress in hand. If only June 6 could be this weekend! Here's the dress I bought - in Navy. Their picture in Wine shows the detail alot better.


Jen Dub-ya said...

WOW! Tell the LT that even if you wear it once - it's worth it - yay!

Becca said...

Oh wow. That is an incredible dress!! Totally worth every penny. And figure, you'll want photos at the formal, so you'll have an image of you in that dress around for a long time!

I too, have a hard time shopping for dresses for military formals. Trying to find something that isn't teenage prom style or mother of the bride style is tough. There doesn't seem to be a market for sophisticated mom who hardly ever dresses up!

I think I've got about a year before I have another formal to attend. I love your dress, maybe I should just see about buying one for myself!

Sundi said...

Really beautiful and very classy! I bet it was fun to go clothes shopping sans kids!

Evans Newell said...

Beautiful dress!! You know I've always wanted a dress that wasn't too low cut so that I could wear a real bra. :-)

GE is me said...

Ummm, yeah, I would've definitely called my hubby too, at that price. It is a beautiful dress in either color. I can't wait to see the pix of you & LT dressed to the nines. Hope you have a lovely night out when it finally arrives. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the dress. Glad you got the navy, I like it much better. Can't wait to see pictures of my beautiful girl and boy. Yes my boy is beautiful to me.

Love you all!!!

Miss you all too!!

Jody and Emily Jennings said...

It's super beautiful. Post pics when you do wear it, ok??

Joy said...

Jen, I love it!!!! You are going to be beautiful!!!!

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