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December 3rd, 2006


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05:00 pm - Fashion insanity update
Last week sometime, I wrote a post about how much trouble I am having finding a dress or outfit to wear to my cousin's wedding in Chicago, two weeks from now. (Here's the post, if you didn't catch it.)

So I just spent 6 hours yesterday, and 6 hours today, following my more shopping-savvy roommate around Burbank and Glendale trying on clothes.


I think I've been in about 16 stores at this point. Well, maybe 10, anyway, long enough to try something on. No pants, really, because that feels to casual to me, even if they're dressy and fancy. So skirts, tops, dresses. Wraps and shawls and capes and scarves. Not shoes, that's for after I've actually got the dress/outfit.

Mostly in shades of brown, since it makes me look better than black (and brown seems to be "in" this year; it's everywhere, which never used to be the case). A couple of red dresses. Some beaded dresses and skirts which I just thought were beautiful.

Possibilites include:

--A knee-length, sleeveless red wool/acrylic dress from Banana Republic. Nice simple lines, but elegant and definitely looks good. Con: no sleeves in wintertime Chicago. I'd need a good warm wrap that wouldn't dress it down too much.

--A slightly tweedy brown skirt from a little botique near my house. Again, nice lines; warm; very me. Good low price, also. Con: haven't found a top that would go well, that isn't two or three times as expensive as the skirt. *boggles*

--A dress from Macy's: black (I'm not sure what you call the fabric) sheer, almost a fine mesh, over a champagne-colored lining. The lining makes the black lighter, and it's a really nice effect. I'd never usually consider a black dress, but I like this one. The neck is a deep V, but not immodest, with a rusched bodice, and the skirt falls to half-calf. With a proper wrap, I'd go for this, and it might be what I end up buying. Without a wrap or with something very light, I could certainly wear it to evening non-formal events here in LA (theatre, concert, dates). It looks really good on me, actually.

--And the I-want-but-can't-afford catagory, from a lovely little Italian store: A woolen sweater-dress, V-neck, long sleeves, dark brown, in three differet styles of weaving as you go down the skirt. It's floor length, but doesn't look ridiculously formal (not shiny); it's form-fitting (gorgeous on me, really gorgeous); it's WARM (omg, it's so comfy); I would totally wear it again, here in LA in the winter, or when I visit friends in colder climates; it's elegant, sexy, simple, and I love it. Also, there's a floor-length sweater with a furred hood that I tried on over it...the combination is brilliant. The con: $250, plus $65 for the over-sweater. Plus shoes. (The owner offered me a small discount, but it'd still be $260 for both.) WANT.

Anyway. I found a couple other very formal dresses which were awesome, but not for now. And a couple of shirts which again, I can't afford at the moment. I did realize that I look good in cowl necked shirts. Who knew?


So in all, I haven't bought anything yet, but there are possibilites. Also, I wish I was rich.

(And I realized I have no icons of any of my female fandom people in pretty outfits. Hmph. I need a "pretty girl" icon. Sydney Bristow, maybe. Or Janet or Sam from "2010.")
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From:whitemartyr
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
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you could use this pretty River icon :P
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
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Aw, so I could. Oh. I should go see if I can find a picture of Kaylee in her fancy pink dress. Hee!
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From:whitemartyr
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
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Heehee. Yes! Kaylee in the fancy! There's gotta be one around somewhere. In fact I'm pretty sure I've seen one...
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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I'm sure there are. And that's totally me and fashion: normally very practical clothes and whatever's comfy. And then I try to shop. :-)
From:dafne99
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
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I got a dress which sounds fairly similar to your Macy's dress to wear at my 10-year high school reunion. Mine was gold underneath instead of champagne, though. It was fantastic and beautiful and I got gold heels to wear with it and I found it at Ross for $12. I'd opt for the Macy's one.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes, then you know what I mean about it looking really nice. I normally never wear black, so it surprised me a bit. Hmmm...I wonder if I could get chapagne colored heels....

(You have more patience than I; I gave up shopping at Ross a while ago, they never have my sizes.)
From:dafne99
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
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Let me guess, you're one of those tiny girls that all the women who used to be tiny, but are now blimps because they have had children hate, aren't you?
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
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*shifty eyes*

Um. I have narrow shoulders, a small bust (that would change if I had kids, if my mom is any indication; she also went from a 7 shoe to a 9 1/2, heh), and not-that-wide hips. So yes, basically.

Not a 0-2, though. 4-6, usually. Depending on the cut. (Dresses usually a 4, pants usually a 6 if we're talking that sort of sizing. Sizing confuses me like whoa.)
From:dafne99
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
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hmm... close enough to hate.
; )
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
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Well, I still haven't really outgrown my acne, so we all have our crosses to bear, right? ;-)
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
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The actual trying-on tends to be a lot of fun, yes. :-) But I get stressed by shopping after a while; shopping-therapy is beyond my comprehension, really (smells, crowds, loud music, way too much color clashing everywhere--little kids crying don't bother me though).

If you can honestly swing the money without overly stretching yourself, I think the boost of self-confidence and self-care bonus from this option is definitely well worth it particularly given the event for which you are purchasing the dress. Besides, the owner is really offering you a great deal.

This is why I didn't just buy the Macy's dress on the way out of the mall. Because I keep thinking about this and wondering. I can't buy the dress outright, but I paid off my one credit card last month, and I do have room under my low limit (card only has $500 credit on it) to swing this purchase. I'd be paying it off for a couple of months, but I could probably do it. (Less if I get a Christmas bonus, which I try not to count on.)

I have never put on a dress that looked like that. Usually I'm like, well, whatever I'm trying on looks fine on me but would look great on someone else. This one, however.... Kinda blew me out of the water. I never go into stores like that, I never see stuff like that.

It fits all my "requirements" except for pricing; and I'm still weighing how often I could get away with wearing it here in LA (nighttime, in winter...I freeze in airconditioned buildings anyway. Just no jacket/wrap, I'd be great).

Besides, the owner is really offering you a great deal.

He really is. Also, they're having a sale on shoes. Pretty shoes (more comfy than most 3-4" heels I've worn) for $30. *wavers*
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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You'll wear it a lot because you like it so much and you feel really good about yourself in it.

I hope I will. I don't tend to dress up all that often, but yeah...if I had it, I'd probably wear it. :-)

It also isn't something that screams "Hey new dress!"

Exactly. And I could probably wear it for years, unless I suddenly gain 30 pounds. I'll keep you guys posted.
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From:jd3000
Date:December 4th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
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I am seriously frugal (lived on my own going on three years witout a credit card) and if I found an outfit I looked like a million bucks in, I'd daresay it'd be just as rending a choice. I don't know. I guess you could think of wearing that outfit ten, twenty years from now and still knocking 'em dead. :-D Your current credit limit will be far off in memory. Of course, if you go for the pretty Macy's outfit, I wouldn't blame you a bit, too. :-)

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I am seriously frugal (lived on my own going on three years witout a credit card)

Oh, a man after my own heart. I didn't get a credit card till about 2 years ago, and then mostly because landlords were like, "You have no credit, what the heck?" when I tried to apply for apartments. It turned out to be a good thing, since I could use my credit sparingly instead of borrowing off people the summer I was short on funds after 2 weeks on a jury. But I try not to use it unless I have to.

I guess you could think of wearing that outfit ten, twenty years from now and still knocking 'em dead.

To be honest, I don't think this dress will go out of style. It's not "trendy" now, just beautiful. So yeah, I could still be wearing it at 50 and looking awesome. :-)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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As a careful shopper myself, I say consider the long-term value. If it makes you look and feel terrific, is well made, won't go out of style quickly, and you won't hate yourself when you look at the credit card bill, I agree with tammy. Frugal doesn't always mean 'the cheapest'. It means value for money. Also, in the business you're trying to get into, having nice clothes available if needed can't hurt. Clothes that look good on you aren't always solely an expense; sometimes they're an investment. Just balance those advantages against how much the interest will add to the cost.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Frugal doesn't always mean 'the cheapest'. It means value for money. Also, in the business you're trying to get into, having nice clothes available if needed can't hurt.

That's an extremely good point. I don't have anything this nice at the moment; I have one or two outfits I could possibly wear to meet with a producer, but that's the limit. This would perhaps be a very good investment. And I can check off all your little "if", except for the credit card bill, and that one I think I might be fine with once I actually make the decision.

I'm gonna ask my dad, I think. He's extremely good at business and investing type stuff, and if he says something like this I'll know I should go for it. And thank you very much for the perspective; I've got some wise people here on my flist, praise God.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:December 5th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
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I think asking your dad is an excellent idea. This is a situation where making the purchase could be either an opportunity or a misstep, depending on the person, and he'll be more likely to know which one it is for you.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 5th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I should talk to him. I talked to my mom last night; maybe dad will be less paranoid about whether said dresses are modest enough. *facepalm*
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 5th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
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Well, you know my thoughts on this. If you can swing it on the card, I'd say go for it. It sounds like something you'll really get your money's worth out of, which I personally cannot say about some of the stuff in my closet.

Pretty shoes (more comfy than most 3-4" heels I've worn)

Oh, good grief. I'd kill myself in something that tall. 2" is about my limit for comfort and safety.

Oh! And the most important question about any wedding: will there be dancing at the reception? (I assume there will be, but I wasn't sure *how* conservative your extended fam is.) 'Cause you definitely want to get something that's comfortable to dance in, shoe-wise.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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Well, my only additional advice is: get something you know you would enjoy wearing on other occassions. Because if you don't, it will sit in the wardrobe...
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, my goodness, yes. I was brought up by a very frugal mother (for good reason, as I realized once I grew up enough to realize just how poor we were when I was small), who passed that onto me; unless I know I'm going to wear something many times in the future (or at least speculate that I would), I can't buy it.

Which maybe means I should go for the Macy's dress. I'd wear the Italian one again, but it's wool, so warm for LA, so.... *frets*
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 4th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
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Well, I was really coming at it from the other direction; a lesson I learned when my mother took me shopping for "work" clothes for my first job after leaving University. One of the things we bought was a black-and-white checked jacket, which my mother and my aunt said suited me. But I didn't like it at all (I hate checks) so I never wore it. I ended up giving it to my aunt... 8-/

The lesson I learned there was that it's irrelevant what other people think -- if *I* don't like something, I'm never going to wear it.

So, when buying clothes, get something you like. Because if you like it, you'll wear it more often.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Ah, yes, indeed. That was my other hesitation about the Macy's dress; it does look good, and frankly I would wear it (I can think of several occasions over the past couple of years where I could have), but it's black and that's not my usual color...so I'd best be sure that I *like* it.
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 4th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Trying on lots of stuff can be fun, especially if you try stuff you'd normally never bother with and find out it looks great on you.

Go with the off-black Macy's dress if it's that awesome. It sounds like it would be easy to match shoes and sweater/wrap to, and if it looks great and it's re-usable, go for it!

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