7:00 PM: While babysitting my BFF’s kids, I receive a text from a good friend inviting me to go to a fundraiser dinner with him tomorrow night. It’s a $1000/plate event benefiting Share Our Strength. Umm, I guess I can skip ballet class for that. What’s the attire?
10:00 PM: After much investigation, I receive confirmation that the dress is “Business/Dressy
Business”. I interpret that as “Cocktail” for women. Hmm, this may be difficult. I know it’s odd, but I actually have more formal options than cocktail in the dress archives. And as I mentioned in my Fashion on a Shoestring post, I haven’t been shopping in a looong time.
11:00 PM: As suspected, my dress options are limited. Let’s just say I would be in better shape (pun intended) if this were a stand-up cocktail affair. I need to find a dress I can semi-comfortably sit in for a multi-course meal. Yikes.
12:30 AM: No decisions are being made tonight. I leave the dress options hanging on the door and go to bed. Will deal with it in the morning.
I’ve been on a super tight budget these days; one where my only permitted shopping is at the grocery store for food. However, THE fashion show of the year for TRIBEZA Style Week was coming up, and I didn’t have anything to pull from the dress archives to wear. While short on cash, I did have some Banana Republic Rewards burning a hole in my pocket, so I visited the Gap (BR Rewards are redeemable there).
All sale items were an additional 30% off, so I carefully combed those racks in the far-reaching corner of the store. I found this cream-colored maxi-dress, which was on sale for $29.99. And with the additional 30% off, it was only $20.99. SCORE! It’s made of a silky fabric and has an interesting cutout in the back. I knew properly styled with the right hair, make-up, and accessories, this could be a great look for the fashion show. Continue reading →