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.|
|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.|
|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?|
|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.|
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.
|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.|
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)|
What should I wear?
Have you ever been to one of these things?
I have not, so I have no basis of comparison.