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Dress Uncertainty
I found the most lovely vintage dress at my favorite dress store for window-shopping: "Paris". It's kind of purpley, and sparkley, it has beaded straps and a gorgeous low-cut back. It makes my waist look slim, and it's got a bit of crinolin at the bottom to make it poof out a bit. It's $85, which isn't bad for a fancy dress. Those are the upsides.

Downsides: I have no idea where I'd wear it. The straps are too long and would need to be taken in. It's just on the verge of being too big -- it looks great right now, except I really want to lose weight and if I did then the whole dress would probably need taking in. Also, I think I'd have even more "support" issues (trying to find a bra) with it than I already have with the (lovely but challenging) halter dress I got last year.

I don't think I have anywhere "appropriate" to wear it. I mean I could wear it to con, but it's the kind of dress crying out for a fancy ball to wear it to. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to wear it to the kind of dressy-but-not-elaborate events I do sometimes go to, like weddings. It's not a "stealth" dress, that's for sure. Also I'm cheap, and $85 is a lot to spend on a dress to keep in my closet.

On the other hand, I really like it. I felt glamorous wearing it, and my girlfriends all loved it also. I put it on hold for 24 hours. (I should have gotten a camera-phone pic. Why did I only think of that now?) Now I don't know what to do!

[edit: I bought the dress. (:

Oh and it had been moved from the 40% off rack to the 50% off rack, so it was only $76 - including tax!]
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anderale From: anderale Date: February 10th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Take yourself somewhere fancy for your birthday and wear it for New Years - I know it's a long way off, but you can always wear something fancy for NYE. Or wear it around your house when you're feeling down! hee hee!

My friend and I want to have a "wear your wedding dress around town" day just because we have these cool dresses that we'll never wear again.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 10th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Wear it around the house - hahahaha!!!

I love the idea of a wedding dress around town day, especially if everybody was doing it not just the two of you. Wouldn't that be awesome?
anderale From: anderale Date: February 10th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be really fun! :D
lintra From: lintra Date: February 10th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
A place to wear fancy clothes and do good: charity balls.

Now that we're making more money, I want to find one to go to each year. A chance to dress up, a chance to do good. Plus, usually some little bit of tax deduction.

I know a lot of the local arts groups have these. I don't know if there are any for breast cancer research, but you could start one and call it the Boobie Ball!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 10th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Sandra mentioned one of those too. I like the idea conceptually, but as a single person that sounds even more stressful than going to a friend's wedding or a holiday party -- trying to either find somebody to go with, or go stag...

On the other hand - Boobie Ball! I love it!!
lintra From: lintra Date: February 10th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
You find a girlfriend to go with. If people think you're a couple, well, who cares, really. Heck, I'd go with you!

Boobie ball... talk about a fundraiser. But, you know, so much work to pull off something like that. I guess (if you were crazy enough to ever try it) you start small, like one of those legion halls.
anderale From: anderale Date: February 10th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Omg! I'd go to the Boobie Ball! I bet you could raise a lot of money with a fundraiser with that name. hee hee! :)
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 10th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! I love it.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: February 10th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Buy it. Even if it's only con-wear. I'll bring the studio to a con and we'll get galm photos of you in it.

Maybe it'll get you out of the house, and we know how hard that is with the new work-at-home.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 10th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
If its good quality its worth having in your in wardrobe.

You need to cover all eventualities.

Makes me think I could use a tuxedo, if I could ever stabilize my weight at a good level.
bwittig From: bwittig Date: February 10th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

tuxedo bargains

H&D to sell off all tuxes
02/07/2008
Spiffy dressing To view or buy a tuxedo, call (810) 787-6353 or (810) 691-0487 to make an appointment. FLINT - More than 45 years' worth of tuxedos and their accessories fill several rooms at H&D Tuxedo's warehouse. ...
"H&D is selling every tuxedo - including the jacket, shirt, cummerbund, tie, shoes and studs and links - for $150 each. Johnson said more than 40 styles of tuxedos are available at the business, 3107 N. Saginaw St."

http://www.mlive.com/flint/stories/index.ssf?/base/business-5/120239580859460.xml&coll=5
mbumby From: mbumby Date: February 10th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: tuxedo bargains

FYI -- there was a typo. The real phone number for H&D is (810) 787-6535.
bwittig From: bwittig Date: February 10th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: tuxedo bargains

Shows what I get for trusting the web page from a Flint Journal story.

Thanks for checking and correcting!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: February 10th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
go back and get it. now.

okay it's nearly midnight, but you know what i mean.

it can be taken in - MomRita is awesome at that stuff. you deserve to have beautiful things, even if 99% of the time it lives in your closet. heck, i think i have 8 pair of black stompy boots. i don't get opportunities to wear them much in Lapeer, but they still make me happy, and i still shop for them. and let's be real here - if you were to go shopping for a fancy dress, you'd spend a helluva lot more than $85 for it.

go back and get it. and then wear it and take glamorous pictures and share them with us!

Edited at 2008-02-10 05:00 am (UTC)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 11th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin*

Okay okay, I bought it. Although I did wait until morning....

I was thinking of asking MomRita also! I even said that to Sandra, although I referred to her as "Mrs. V....", because she will always be that in my head.

It is a very nice dress. Now I just need to get the straps fixed, and find a place to wear it!
chance_sparhawk From: chance_sparhawk Date: February 10th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Rennie,

As you saw at Fusion i happen to like purple. If this dress looks as great as you describe it, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to get it. My advice is to treat yourself to things you like and this dress qualifies.

Chance
From: writerwench Date: February 10th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is purpley, spangly, shiny, and vintage and looks good on you.

Why is it not in your closet NOW?

Daft woman! Go back and BUY it! The occasion to wear it will someday happen, but really. If I was of a size to fit vintage clothes, I'd need a closet just for them.
mbumby From: mbumby Date: February 10th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could you wear it to next year's dinner dance?
From: nyx_at_nite Date: February 10th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why not?

Ask yourself this series of questions:

Can I comfortably afford to spend $85 on a garment I have no plans for?

Does it make me happy?

Would owning a dress that makes me happy and could be easily (and cheaply) tailored to fit me *perfectly* have a down side?

Could I possibly use this dress while traveling abroad for business? Or to go out dancing with friends? Or perhaps for a nice, quiet dinner at home with someone nifty?

(You could always have a formal dinner party at home. Use your best paper plates and insist everyone wears their fanciest duds.)

You posted about it. Obviously, it struck you in a special, girly place. Go buy it and an opportunity will arise (or be made). ;)
kivrin From: kivrin Date: February 10th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I might wear it to work, if I worked at home... but I am weird like that
jenx From: jenx Date: February 11th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm filled with envy - the only thing in Paris that would fit me is a hat. That said:

Some things have magic in them. They call to you, and share their magic with you. Somehow, they fill a need you didn't know you had.
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