I have a quandary. There’s a formal event at a conference I’m going to the end of June and I need an outfit. I’m Ms. Casual, as a rule. So I headed to my closet. Now, about the only time my husband and I dress up is for weddings and cruises. Up until recently, I had a small (and I mean VERY small) wardrobe of formal wear.
I pushed my everyday clothes aside until I could reach the fancy stuff at the way, way back of my closet, and the first thing I pulled out was a maroon pant set. The pants were satin, the top was velvet with a neru collar and frog button closures. Did I mention the entire outfit was maroon? Did I really wear that? Yes. To one work holiday party better left forgotten. What was I thinking? I tossed that outfit in the donate pile without even trying it on.
Then I went through the few other things left in my formal wardrobe. Since I’ve been on this diet and exercise program and have lost 45 pounds, not one single piece of clothing fit. Not a one. That doesn’t upset me…much. It’s just that now I need to find an inexpensive way to come up with an outfit for the conference.
I’ve been doing some online shopping and it’s been pretty bleak. Macy’s doesn’t have much. Neither does Kohl’s (my current fav clothing store). I’m old enough that I don’t want strapless. I came up with two possibilities at Nordstrom’s, but both are over $200. I’ve posted photos of the model pictures here. I don’t know if $200+ is cheap or expensive these days, but yikes! That’s more than I want to pay for an outfit I’ll probably only wear a couple times.
So here’s my question. Where do you all shop for things like this? I think what I’d really like is to find a nice skirt in chiffon or something and then I can interchange tops. Something that will roll with the changing times. And I apparently need help figuring out where to go find this type of thing.
posted by Laurie Ryan