Since Nordstrom was a bust I went to Nordstrom Rack. Turns out “The Rack” is a formal gown Mecca! There were at least 6 round racks that were overflowing with dresses. You know when a rack is so full you can hardly pull the items you want off? Yeah, that was what I was dealing with there. Plus none of the dresses were hanging under the right size, so I peeked one by one at hundreds of dresses finding ones I liked and then hoping they were my size. I found 20 Emmy “consideration” dresses to try on!
If you would like a workout that will have you break out in a sweat and cause muscle cramps in muscles you did not know existed, go try on formal gowns alone. You should have seen me twisting and turning trying to get those zippers up. I only zipped up my skin twice.
Since I am only 5′ 2″ I found that side zippers tend to buckle up rather than lie flat, I just don’t have enough torso! And REALLY, what kind of bra can you even wear with an evening gown? I don’t know about you, but I nursed both my girls and an evening gown does NOTHING for me in the bust area. I know, too much information!
In college I had a roommate who did pageants. She was the reigning Miss American Fork, which sounds odd if you don’t know that there is a town in Utah called American Fork LOL. Back then she told me that they would literally tape everything up that needed to go up and tape everything down that needed to stay down before putting on their dresses. I used to steal her sash and run around the apartment wearing it, hollering, “I am Miss American Fork!” I was actually the antithesis of pageantry at the time, driving around in a ’76 VW Bus in my flannel shirts, cut off shorts, Doc Martin boots and toting my guitar. Now I think I might need to call in my roommate’s pageant wardrobe skills, secrets and roll of tape. I might also owe her an apology. 😉
I ended up buying 5 of the dresses to take home and take pictures in them. Two of the five are not really gowns, but I liked the shorter lengths and figured variety is always good. I have no intention of wearing white I just got those to see different styles. I sent the pictures to Joe.
What are your thoughts?