There are few things in life that leave me realizing how fat I still am than dress shopping. In fact, it might prove to be a good strategy to make myself go try on dresses anytime I lose workout motivation. There is great danger that it could backfire and I could go into an emotional tailspin where I come out on the other end of a dark eating binge... but there is also a good chance that realizing how shaky and jiggly and large everything is will encourage me to get myself to the gym.
We are going to a wedding in a few weeks. It's been ages since we had reason to dress up. I like dresses- when they are comfortable and flattering. So I wanted something new, something fun, and something a little stylish.
I am not a shopper. Not at all. I don't like to shop. I don't like trying on clothes. I don't like going through racks and finding things to try on. I don't like trying to create outfits. It makes me tired.
So when I decided that Saturday was going to be The Day I Find A Dress, I wasn't going to fail.
I had no idea it would be such a dramatic experience. Here's the bottom line.
I bought this dress. It was outside of what I wanted to spend but I thought it was super great.
Plus, there was this other outfit that I really loved there. I wasn't going to get it. It was CRAZY expensive and way outside of any clothing budget I might have set. But I kind of felt like I bought the black and white one as a consolation prize for not getting the outfit I really loved.
That dress? $160. The shrug- $60. And the $50 belt. Even if I went and found a shrug cheaper and a belt cheaper, I can't imagine spending $160 on a dress. No matter how amazing I felt in it.
So I was home and frustrated. I posted on Facebook that I really need to make a list of friends who like to shop so that I can have serious help in the future. I also knew that if I didn't find a dress right away, it was going to really bother me and I would lose the interest in buying something new.
So Teagan and I headed to JCPenny. And she helped me pick out and try on a few things. Had a couple outfit options that I liked and then Teagan found The Dress. I found a large black belt to go with it. Dress- $40. Belt- $15.
Now trying to determine the Perfect Shoes is the next great challenge. Opinion seems to be going with a deep red for accessories. A friend loaned me a great bracelet and I think I have a necklace and earrings that would work well with it. I'm thinking these shoes might be a good choice.
This girly thing is absolutely exhausting.