Don't get me wrong I used to love to shop. When it was just B and me we logged many hours in the mall with him strapped into his stroller. Even when he was way too big for that stroller (baby containment devices are necessary even for toddlers). I think the last time I shopped at a mall was when one of my besties came to visit in June. That was 6 months ago and I think I bought 3 things for myself, the rest for the kids.
Today I face a dilemma. I am searching for the right dress, at the right price. Kids are in school, good thing I have most of the day. I want a dress I can wear to hubby's holiday party and to church for Christmas. Hubby's holiday party is more like a holiday dinner and most likely different and more casual than any other Christmas party I have attended. I did look up the restaurant it is being held at online and it seems fairly formal so I am going to for the middle ground. My want list for this dress is long sleeves (it has been freaking cold here lately), knee length, not too casual, not too dressy, and I prefer to wear it with tights and black knee boots.
In preparation for my shopping adventure today I did some looking online and I think I may be out of touch with the fashion world. First, Express which used to be one of my favorite stores has some adorable dresses, if I would like to wear a mini-skirt in the middle of winter and would like everyone at the party too see my booty. H & M is a whole new world of affordable fun for me. There are no H & M stores in Colorado. They had at least one promising dress online but all their fashions were paired with ballet flats. Is it not ok to wear knee boots anymore? They keep may legs warm!
My biggest difficulties are cost, and fit. To address cost, I could spend probably up to $100 but spending more than $40 or $50 makes me uncomfortable so I am shooting for that range. Fit is also difficult for me. I have a tall, slender build but weigh 5-10 pounds above my "perfect" weight. As hubby lovingly puts it I have a little "muffin top" so I don't like things that cling to the mid-section. I also I am tall (almost 5'9") so finding dresses long enough for me is very difficult. I am most comfortable in dresses that hit me right above the knee. Then finding the right shoe to pair with it (hopefully from my closet) is difficult. I want to wear knee boots simply to keep my legs warm but I own several pairs of ballet flats and some really cute heels. I am not much of a heels girl though. After 2-3 hours in the most comfortable heels and I am miserable. Looking cute is important but not at the expensive of being uncomfortable.
So anyone have any advice? Stores to look at? Great finds? Specific dress suggestions? I would love any help/suggestions you may have. Thanks!