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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Help Me Choose

So today I took my birthday boy (youngest son turned 5 today.. crazy!) off to go dress shopping after dropping son #1 off at summer enrichment.  This of course is just what every 5 year old boy wants to do.  I am a smart mother and therefore, I know how to make bribery work to my utmost advantage!  "Be a good boy shopping with me and we'll go get you one more little gift."  At 5 you see you can still get away with a 'little gift'.
I went to two stores, Kohl's and Dress Barn.  I found one dress at the first store and many at the second, but only purchased two.  Can I just say that I was actually able to fit into a size 16 in a few dresses!! (I was a size 22 back in January).  "Why Diane, what pray tell will you do with 3 dresses?" you may be asking.  I brought 3 home with me so I could ask my sister and husband, and now all of you which one you like best as call me silly, but I didn't feel as though my 5 year old son was the best judge as really, all he wanted me to do was get a dress already so he could get his 'little toy'.
(FYI - He did amazingly well and chose a Mickey Mouse giant coloring thing a majiggy from The Christmas Tree Shop which only set me back $3.99.  So worth it!!!)

Below you will see 3 dresses.  Please let me know which you think looks the best and will be most appropriate for an outdoor wedding in the middle of July (ceremony at 3 pm with reception to follow).
Here's the dress I got from Kohl's.  I wish the hubs got a better shot (on all of these).  This dress comes just below the knees and has bit of a flounce on the edges.  It's a light stretchy material.  This was hubby's favorite.  One thing I love about it.. it was only $23!!!

Love the retro feel of this one!! Saw it in the Dress Barn window and had to try it on.  The olive green color isn't my favorite, but the cut is fun - "Donna Reed" my husband said.  This was the big payout of the day at $59.99.
This was my $25 buy at DB.  Again, sort of an early 60 vibe to this one (anyone see the movie Shag? It's about a 60's dance, not 'Austin Powers').  It' has a little tulle ruffle on the bottom.  This was my sister's favorite.

Ok my friends, what do you think?  Paisleys, polka-dots or flowers?

I can only imagine how much better I'll look when I lose the 'Lilly Munster look'.  Gotta wash that grey right out of my hair and then get it cut. (so past due on my rewards)

It's time to hit the hey.  Have a good night!!


  1. I like the first two the best. If I had to choose only one, I'd pick the green....I guess I have expensive taste :)

  2. First of all, you look fantastic! I think you can't go wrong with any of the dresses. Not sure I would pay $59.99 for a dress so I'll reserve that one for that reason - but I do think it's super cute! I do like #3 but can't really see what's going on with the belt. Is that a tassle hanging off? I also like #1 but it's a bit busy... although the fit is great. So I think I'd go with #3... but before I took the tags off any of them, I'd take a quick peek at the Salvation Army on route 53 in Hanover. They have awesome stuff and now that you are a size 16, there will be tons to choose from and you could get something just as pretty for like $5.99 and if you go on a Wednesday, everything is 50% off! How's that for an answer! Have fun at the wedding. You look great. Bet you feel great, too!

  3. I vote for number one!! Love it!!! You look FANTASTIC!!!!

  4. Not a big fan of #2 only cause I think it's too long on you. I like #3 but not sure if it is dressy enough. And if you are like me I have issues with my arms being bare so with that being said I vote #1.smile.

  5. Definitely #1

    The colours look great on you and so does the shape as far as I can see.

  6. #1 and #2 are more flattering. #1 probably looks better over all but #2 is the best at the waist. The sinching of the waist on that one looks so good. It's a toss up.

  7. My vote is for #1. It looks beautiful on you! The other 2 look good too, but I like this one the best. I think the sleeves, belted waist and v-neck are very flattering. I got a dress from Kohl's with that same exact pattern - but in a different style!

  8. I love the third one! (And the added bonus that you mentioned Shag! LOVE that movie!!!)

  9. I like #'s 1 and 3, but I would go with #1 personally because I don't like having bare arms. You look great!!! Can I come move in with you so you can cook for me too? LOL