Thursday, June 25, 2009

An ode to the ever-elusive sundress

I don't know about you, but I have a heck of a time finding dresses. Not only am I short (5 ft) but I'm also short-waisted. And. AND! I have what's commonly known as the "J-Lo booty." I'd like to find a dress that doesn't make my butt look like a fabric shelf. It's torture trying to find a dress that's not only cute, but looks halfway decent on me. And without looking like I'm trying to be 14 again.

I generally have to shop in either the juniors dept or the petites. There's a downside to both. The juniors stuff is cute. I like cute. But almost everything has some sort of sparkle, glitter, ruffle, teenage saying or some other sort of curly-Q-rhinestone-whatchadoodle on it. And the petites...most of the time I find things with high waists, or worse yet, elastic waists. Or the pieces just look too old. I think the fashion gurus are really missing a mark here...the "I'm not a teen, but I'm not yet in a nursing home" crowd. Yep, that's me.

A few weeks ago I went to every store known to man to try to find a dress for my cousin's wedding. I just wanted something simple. A cute little sundress that I could wear with a cardigan. I couldn't find anything. Anywhere! After looking at high-end stores, low-end stores and everything in between, I finally found a cute little dress, at Burlington Coat Factory of all places. Let me say this. I've never been in a BCF before. And I doubt I'll ever go again. It was the nastiest, dirtiest, most unorganized store I've ever set foot in. However, due to my desperation, I did find a dress, and miracle of all miracles, it was on sale for $15. Good bargain aside, I felt like I needed to bathe when I left the store. Even the dressing rooms were covered in gum, and the doors were barely hanging on the hinges. *shudder* I think I literally said "ew!" out loud when I walked in to try on the dress.

I think it's cute. I wore it with a white shrug. I also have a black shrug and a coral shrug that would look great with it as well. Versatile. That's what I like.



So today I happened upon another cute summer dress at Walmart of all places. I'm not a fan of Walmart. In fact, hubs and I boycotted the W for probably 8 years, but I'll spare you the long story. Anyway, my favorite pool float had a hole in it, so I went up there a little while ago to get another float. And soy milk. I happened to pass by the clothing area and saw the ca-utest dresses! Who knew?! At Walmart! I found this one and tried it on. It actually looked really cute on me! Miracle! I love these flowy sundresses. They can hide a multitude of issues (JLo booty, menstrual bloat, anything!)...The one I really wanted was orange (one of my fave colors!), brown and white. But they didn't have it in my size. My second choice was this pink, white and black one.



I love that it's a halter dress. I love that it fits. I love the pattern. Girly without being too girly.



The best part...



I think it would look cute with a pair of sandals. Or, my black and white Lucchese cowboy boots for when we go honky-tonking (aka hub's gigs).



So today I feel victorious. I love you, sundress.

17 comments:

Natalie said...

Cute boots!!! Wal-mart? Who knew?! Guess I need to check out the clothing there but I tend to avoid that place like the plague!

Ally0005 said...

I was surprised what I could find at Walmart also.

Pleasant Drive said...

Great finds! Sundresses are fabulous for Texas heat, too :)

Joanna said...

What cute dresses and I love those boots!

Lucky in Love said...

You had some great finds...but I'm sorry it took you forever and you had to look through grossness to get it. I really have to be in the mood to shop at places like Marshalls and TJ Max...because sometimes I just don't want to go through the ick to find the gold!

Kelli said...

Cute. In the past 10 years, I have bought one, maybe two dresses. I was not as lucky as you, thought. The one I fell in love with was a strapless at some local boutique. The girl brought it to me, and I tried it on to be nice. Wasn't expecting to like it. Unfortunately, I did - it was $200. Um, what? Somehow, she managed to sell it to me for $100, and I've worn it to two weddings and took it on our honeymoon.
Probably why I don't 'do' dresses.
Good finds!

Amy said...

Cute dresses. Girl, I am a Walmart boycotter as well.. but I recently discovered that on the rare occasion they have something decent that I like. Ya just never know.

Kristin said...

I have an aqua and brown pair of Luchesses that I worship!

Shannon said...

Cute dresses! Walmart has really been getting cute clothes!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Wal-Mart has really been stepping up their game in regard to fashion. It's about time!

Joy said...

Love the boots and the sundress!

I totally relate to your feelings about Wallyworld. We, too, boycotted the building of one in our city. And yes, we have also given into the temptation to shop there, but only occasionally. ;~)

Carrie said...

Loving the dressing and those boots are great!

Gwen said...

Hmmm, I can never find a sundress because of some of the reasons you listed, but mostly because I'm too tall and they are too short! LOL Cute dresses, glad you scored!

Our Complete Family said...

Wanted to pop over and wish you a happy 4th of July weekend hun!
Love your dress finds...they're darling!
Hugs, Les

The Judes said...

I stumbled upon your blog through who knows where, but so glad I did if not just to see those AMAZING boots. I run a company called www.trunkclubwomen.com. We're in beta right & accepting members (free btw), our thing is showing women how to buy clothes without ever needing to set foot in a store again. It's possible you might dig it:) Just thought I'd throw it out there! Have a great night. I'll definitely add you to bloglines for pure entertainment!

tales from an oc cottage said...

I LOVE THOSE BOOTS!!!!!!!

m ^..^

The Dreaming Bear said...

Greetings from Iowa! I was just in Dallas a few weeks ago...there was quite a heat wave going on, but we had a blast! Ate fab food at Sangria and Hatties and Morton's Steakhouse. LOVE your boots! And love to see all the things you do with your thrifty finds! Fun!