So I figure I should (responsibly) go one of three ways with this whole I-need-a-dress-for-my-stupid-brother's-stupid-wedding thing. 1) borrow something from a friend (I've had one or two generous offers) 2) buy something cheap but passable at loehman's or similar 3) shell out the bucks for something genuinely nice that will be a useful addition to my 'grown-up' wardrobe. Not that I'm planning to need a ballgown again or anything, but a classic, elegant dress could come in handy once or twice a year, and if I'm clever about the 'classic' part I can wear it for years. Except.
Except today I spent all day (literally) in Decatur (more on that in another post) and decided to pop in to one of my favorite boutiques to try to start getting excited about this whole buying a dress thing. I generally can't afford things at this store, but occasionally find something on sale or something really worth splurging on. The ladies were tremendously helpful in pointing out which dresses fit the 'black tie' requirement (I'm still a little unclear). And I found The Dress. It fits perfectly. It's gorgeous. It is seriously the best I have ever felt or looked in any outfit. Ever. I will turn heads in this dress. It's $180. And it's not 'classic.' I would probably only ever wear it to my SBSW. Granted, for a really nice dress $180 is not unreasonable. And although it's technically not within my 'responsible' budget, I can make it work. The prospect of getting to wear this dress actually makes me kind of excited about my SBSW. But that's a dumb reason to blow a wad of cash on a dress I'll wear once, right? A dress that's sort of intentionally attention-grabby just because I'm being childish and whiny about this whole wedding thing. So I shouldn't get it, right? Right?
(you can see the dress here. Click the fourth 'swirl' down in the left hand column. it's a weird website.)