I spent over an hour at Target this week looking for a dress.
I wound up spending under $10 on my entire shopping trip which was both exciting and also frustrating…
And, um, grrrr.
Now, I get that maybe Target isn’t the best place to purchase a dress, but I have had luck finding cute dresses there in the past and I am at a point where I am getting desperate. I have all of these events to go to over the next couple of months and, because summer made me fat I’ve put on a couple of pounds this summer, it has become virtually impossible to zip up any of the dresses I currently own.
Plus, I ripped the bottom half of one almost all the way off (long story), I broke the zipper clean off of another (you guys, I could NOT get out, and I lost it), and I got a massive grease stain (probably bacon, fine, definitely bacon) on another.
That means three dresses have been retired indefinitely and the rest aren’t going to fit over my body until school starts and I stop eating all of the kid snacks and can make it back to the gym consistently.
Right now, I have a few pairs of ripped jean shorts, some graphic tees, a white cotton dress, and the exact same dress I wore the last time I went to a meeting with these people in (don’t even say it, there are tons of photos, and I’m not going to be the girl IN THE DRESS) that fit respectably.
Which means, mama has to shop!
Only it’s a strange time of year for it. The fall gear is starting to come out, but technically it’s still melt-your-skin-off-hot outside. And I have to worry about print. Because summer prints and fabrics are going to look silly come October. I can’t afford to buy a dress if I won’t be able to wear it for months to come.
I tried with Target.
I failed (see above) which is not entirely my fault (see below and ignore the fact that this isn’t a dress, I want overall too)…
All of you with small kids know what clothing shopping is like –lots of moaning about why and how long and why followed by crawling under doors, undressing themselves (see shoe behind me), draining the battery on your phone, looking under the door to “see who’s out there”, and loud, inappropriate statements (OOOOH I SEE YOUR BRA, GROOOOOSSSSS) that make it virtually impossible to get any critical shopping decisions made.
So, today, I signed up for Stitch Fix, a personal shopping brand that promises to solve these and so many other shopping challenges the average woman faces.
Sadly, I won’t get my first shipment until after my event next weekend so I sat on my couch and did some looking around online.
Extend Your Wardrobe: Summer to Fall Dresses
1. The Denim Dress. It’s already pretty fall-ish so with just a great bag and the right pair of booties you can easily transition this one.
2. The Shirt Dress. In summer, it’s a dress, in fall/winter turn it into a shirt by adding a pair of funky leggings. Personally, when I rock these long tunic type things with pants, I skip the knee high boot look. My legs are just NOT long enough to pull that off.
3. The flowy number. A staple for going out in the summer, this doesn’t have to be retired just because the sun is setting earlier. I pull out my denim jacket and throw it over top. With the leather jacket it can go from pretty preppy to rockstar biker. Or really cool mom.
4. The t-shirt dress. Super easy to climb into during the hot months, this one is also versatile enough to be paired with a whole host of things in the fall. Join it with skinny jeans or printed leggings. Pair it with some funky sneakers. And a denim jacket and you are ready to rock when the temps drop.
5. The short cocktail dress. You can save it with a blazer. I have about four of them in different colors and styles and fabrics and they come in handy when it’s too chilly for sleeveless, thin material dresses.
You can find everything in the boards here: Summer to Fall Collection…