Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Help me dress myself

Backstory: We were supposed to go on a cruise for our honeymoon. 3 days before our wedding, the ship had a kitchen fire, and our cruise was canceled. So, we threw together another plan at the last minute. At the time we didn't care. We were just happy. Three weeks later we got pregnant with Bella, and then spent the next 7 years having babies. Which brings us to now. Our babies are not really babies anymore...not even the little man. He's burning his way toward 2 years old faster than I can wrap my mind around.

Back to the current story: We are going to go on a cruise this spring to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Our cruise will have some "formal" nights, so I need to find something to wear. Because I am cheap, and don't have a lot of use for formal wear, I'd like to find something that is not SO formal that I wouldn't be able to get away with adding it to my normal church wear rotation. From what I've read online, it seems that the definition of formal has come down a bit in recent years, even for cruises. So, I should be able to find something that will work for both purposes.

Here's where you come in. I need help finding something to wear. I've been throwing things that I've come across into the top bar of my browser, and I'm looking for some direction. If you feel so inclined...throw out a comment for your favorite. Or tell me that they are all wrong and suggest an alternative. Here is what is currently residing in my browser bar...

Bear in mind... I need a reasonable neckline and at least a cap sleeve. This seriously limits my options. I know that 3 of the 4 are red. I'm not married to the idea of red, but if it impacts your decision, it is Daniel's favorite color as far as my wardrobe is concerned. Oh, and several of these come in more than 1 color option. Particularly this first one...which I prefer in the darker color red (but I wasn't able to save the image for the darker version, so you'll have to click to the website to see it in the darker red).

DRESS 1
DRESS 2
(I like the way the above one lays, but I think the neckline is going to be too low.)

DRESS 3
DRESS 4

So, this is what I've come up with so far. However...I don't like the prices. I'd be happy to find something suitable for a better price...if I had found anything at a better price that I liked which met the criteria. HELP!

7 comments:

Brooke said...

Erika,
I like dress three. Slender is more sexy, especially with your petite bod! The first dress is my second choice. Careful with the v-necks unless you want to layer. I made the mistake of ordering v-neck dresses online and only a few worked. Good Luck, cruising will be a blast!

Gardener said...

I like three as well. Yeah for you guys going on a cruise and for parents who live close and you can leave your kids with!

Shauna said...

All will be perfect. Just add some jewelry, do something fun with your hair and make-up and you are set.
You may want to look for a black shawl, also. It gets chilly in the evenings regardless of the time of year.
Have FUN!!!!!! Which Cruise line and/ports are you going on? Email me.

Carmen said...

I like #1 and #3. But...here are a few fun, lower priced options:
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-506-west-coast-swing.aspx
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-348-bon-voyage.aspx
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-222-marthas-vineyard.aspx

emilyw said...

I think #1 is my favorite. It's fun, playful and can be used after the cruise. #3 might be just a little uncomfortable at church chasing kids? I don't know. I'll see if I can find something fun for ya! :) A cruise sounds AWESOME!!

emilyw said...

These are individual dresses sold by size only. Some of the short dresses were cute.
http://www.aformalchoice.com/modest_dresses.htm

One of these might work... I like the one named "Emily" :)
http://www.mikarose.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3

I'm not the best at searching but that's what I found tonight. Good luck, darlin'!

Erika said...

Thanks for the feedback ladies :)

I'll update y'all when I make a final decision. I was also leaning toward 3 or 1. I may follow the prices on those two to see if they go on sale.