Fashion Help

Jeremy and I took the plunge and sent in an affirmative RSVP for a wedding in late April.  In Nashville.  In the evening, which means we will be spending the night.

It shouldn't be a big deal (hopefully!), but I can't get over the thought of how normal it seems.  We are taking off for a weekend trip, with the girls in tow, and I am not freaking out about it.  In fact, I am actually expecting (hoping) it to be rather pleasant.  We plan to head out sometime during the day on Saturday to make the two-hour drive and have time to rest and get settled before the wedding.  A & M will get to stay up past their bedtime to experience their first wedding and reception with family and friends.  I plan to just let them sleep in bed with us, since it's just for one night.  Sunday, before coming home, we plan to finally work in that trip to the zoo.

So now, the very important reason I am telling you all this, dear readers....I need wardrobe assistance!

A peek in my closet reveals mostly work clothes, with a few jeans and casual shirts thrown in here and there.  I have lots of dresses, but I am not sure any of them are party-appropriate anymore.  I don't want to feel like a stuffy old grown-up at an after-work function...it's a wedding!  A party!  It's here, at 6:30 in the evening...  What does that mean for my outfit??

I love this dress from Gap (pictured above), but I don't really want to pay $70 for it if I can find something else I love equally. 

This one from Target is also cute and more affordable, at $40. The slightly poufy skirt scares me a little.  One reviewer on the website said she had to remove some of the underlayer to make it a bit flatter.  Maybe a little pouf is good?

I can see myself in this maxi dress from Kohl's, but is it wedding attire?  This ruffled sheath is cute, but it looks like something I would definitely have to try on to be sure about, and for the price ($65), I might as well go with the first one from Gap.

Obviously, I am very conflicted. 

Do you have any suggestions for me?  What spring fashions are you coveting right now?


  1. I suggest you buy that Gap dress!! It's gorgeous! I'm so-so on the maxi and you're totally right about the puffy in the Tarjay dress.

    Whenever I make a "big" purchase like this I ask myself two questions-
    1. Do I love it?
    2. Will I wear it more than once?

    If I can answer yes to both it is then it's worth it. In theory you could wait it out another week and hope for a sale or free shipping? I also google like crazy for coupon codes hoping that somewhere there is a valid 40% off coupon just floating around the internet for me!!

  2. I like them all but I have a suggestion. Not sure if you will be going to Huntsville before this trip, but I would suggest Marshalls or Ross. I always see super cute dresses for reasonable prices
    Sounds like a fun trip.

  3. I am of no help in the dress department, but I just have to say...how AWESOME is it that you're looking forward to this trip with the girls??? I'm definitely not there yet as it relates to travel, but I had one of those "wow, this is actually getting fun" moments last weekend, thinking about taking the girls to dinner. I think that's a HUGE milestone in my book!!!

    Oh, and I just got a 35% off any regularly-priced item coupon from the Gap in the mail yesterday...use your Gap card...good April 7-10 (can you tell I have that on my list of things to do next week?!).

    Hope you enjoy your shopping!

  4. I love the Kohl's dress! I don't know if it's wedding attire- I usually err on the side of casual. I'm currently coveting this dress: http://www.downeastbasics.com/romancerevivaldress.aspx

    It would be spectacular at a wedding!

    Or this one!


  5. I like the Gap dress too. The big skirt is in this spring, but that one looks too poofy for me. Have fun!

  6. I'm going to be slightly different.

    I ask myself:

    does this dress make me look FABULOUS?
    can I wear it more than once?
    can I stomach spending the money? (sometimes yes to 1 and 2 but I can't bear spending the money)

    Anyway, my choice for you is the second Kohl's dress. That cranberry colour would look gorgeous on you - did we not have an email conversation about a berry coloured top once? :)

    Oh, we have a wedding on 24th - it is far.... about 1.5 hours driving so my MIL is going to come stay over. And for that, I'm wearing work clothes :) but fun ones

  7. Love the Gap dress, but I found some other contenders (b/c I desperately want an event to dress for, but have nothing on the horizon):


    This one has pockets: http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/brandswomen/lc/dresses/PRD~790218/LC+Lauren+Conrad+Pleated+Dress.jsp

    This is cute and comes in a berry color like Marcia was talking about: http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=32660&N=1200007&pCategoryId=3359&categoryId=211&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_211&loc=TN&defaultColor=Gravel%20Grey&defaultSizeType=Regular


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