06 May 2011

Dress Shopping Occasion the Second: Army Prom

I still need something for my brother's wedding
I also need something to wear to a military ball. 
What I've considered from my own closet, and why it's been variously rejected:
I wore this to Vegas in December, and I've rejected it here because I felt like I was having issues all night with my boobs falling out and being uncooperative, and also I'm not sure if it's dressy enough.  Although it does have sequins, and taffeta.
silver and cream dress
I have actually never worn this dress anywhere.  I feel like lots of people hate it, although some love it (and I love it).  The material is such that it requires some kind of lady shaping/smoothing wear, and I don't really ENJOY wearing girdles.  Also I can't decide if it's fabulous or tacky.  Or maybe both.
Black/White Stripes Dress
I wore this dress when I was in Seattle (along with various other times, but most recently in Seattle).  And! My boobs are apparently not as big as they used to be because this was falling OFF on top, in a most unflattering way, and I had to jerry-rig it with safety pins, and I still love it but I need to alter the top a bit before I can wear it again, and there is no way in HELL I'm doing that before this thing.  Also I'm unsure about the dressiness.  Probably not dressy enough.
BCBG criss-crossy LBD
This is my Little! Black! Dress! Concerns: Is it fancy enough? Does it make me look fat? Do I have to wear stomach-sucking-in chonies?  Is it boring?
Despite the look on my face (can I get a hell yeah for awkward family functions?), I actually quite like this dress.  That said, the chestal area is a bit tricky (I might need a new bra, or to take the straps in a bit).  Also I have been told that it makes me look fat.  But! It has pockets.
Red Weston Wear Dress
I positively LOVE this dress.  It is SO flattering and SO comfortable and just wonderful.  I've worn it to a handful of weddings, BlogHer evening festivities, and holiday dinners.  My concerns: The only shoes I really have to go with this are ballet flats, and I think that dresses down the whole look, which brings up the dressiness issue again.  Because, dressiness? Dressy enough?  Molly has me concerned about dressiness.  As does a google image search of military balls.
Red Dress by Laundry
Of the dresses I own, I would say that this one is the MOST likely to be a successful military ball dress.  It seems dressy to me, I've worn it to a wedding, and I think I look nice in it.  I need to buy a new/different strapless bra for this particular neckline, and I probably need to wear my stomach-sucking-in chonies, but...I think it's PROBABLY my best option.  Although.  I dunno.
Alright! Shopping considerations: This thing is in like....a month? I am too old to wear a prom dress or anything that might be appropriate for a Quinceañera. Again, I like things that come in at the waist. I'm not really big on shiny fabrics or garments that require girdles. I don't like not wearing a bra.
Here are some dresses (that I don't own) that I have considered:
Sean Collection Beaded Silk Chiffon Dress, $178

Eliza J Rhinestone Brooch Stretch Taffeta Sheath Dress, $138

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Pleated Jersey Dress, $148

Maggy London Sleeveless Stretch Satin Sheath Dress, $118.90 (orig. $178)
 So. What do you think?
What should I wear?
Have you ever been to one of these things?
I have not, so I have no basis of comparison.

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