Fashion Dilemma: VOTE!!

October 17, 2012

Hey there! No, I didn’t drop off the face of the earth–the Chief just came home. Soccer season plus the annual family trip to our favorite amusement park for their Halloween mayhem plus the start-up of scouts has kept me very busy. I will try to do an update post next week on a few of the other things going on. Right now T1 has challenged me to post this.

Last year, the Chief had to go to Scotland for a seminar. I got to tag along but I had no idea what to wear based on the fact I had been out of the professional setting for YEARS and I had lost a bunch of weight. Needless to say I got a great deal of advice about what was “Business Formal vs. Business Casual” and what would be appropriate to wear to the gala dinner. Let the hilarity ensue–miracle tailor telling me “You have no butt. You no look good.”–and ultimately, all the American wives opted for black pants suits while the British wives wore Sunday dresses (what I had wanted to wear but I ended up in a pants suit with a bright-colored jacket).

So, today’s Fashion Dilemma. The Chief has been asked to represent his company to receive an award on its behalf. I get to go. Hey, I can sit through boring speeches to eat a nice meal and have a child-free night in a nice hotel. But what to wear? Is everyone going to be in boring black pants suits again? Should I just wear the one I have (after what I paid for miracle tailoring I should get my money’s worth)? Or should I wear the dress I had purchased?

I have a third option which is a sleeveless black sheath, belted at the high natural waist. Because this will be a November night I will need some kind of jacket. So I went to Christopher & Banks (the place I ultimately ended up at for properly fitting slacks and discovered I’m a Short rather than an average–huh?). This store has nice stuff but I wanted to make sure I didn’t end up with something more matronly than my age. I love fall colors but wanted something I could wear all winter, not just October and November. (Again for the price I needed to be able to justify the expense.)

So I was trying on the black dress with the new jacket. The Chief was fine with it. I thought I looked pretty good in it. We called T1 in. Her eyes bugged out. “What is that?”

“A jacket.”

“First, it needs to be zipped up to be a jacket.” Zip.


“You look like you are wearing an oriental rug.”

“What?! It’s like brocade. You know, like the upperclass ladies at the Renn Faire wear.”

“Exactly. The Renaissance? You’re wearing a rug.”

So now I need your help. Below are the three choices. With both dresses I will be wearing a nice pair of knee-high boots. Please send me a comment and let me know your choice! Thanks!

For the original posts, please see:

Fashion Dilemma 1

Fashion Dilemma 2

Fashion Dilemma 3

Fashion Dilemma 4

Fashion Dilemma 5



  1. Glad to see you’re back, I missed you! I def say go with choice #2. You can never overdress, and it’s classic and classy. That’s my 2 cents. 🙂

    • I didn’t realize how long I’d been gone! Been keeping the Chief busy with a massive To-Do list. Thanks for the vote!

  2. I’m sorry, T1, but your fashion sense isn’t quite ripe yet; needs a bit more time to mature. As an expert, I can assure you that no, that is not a rug. Most Renn garb is made from upholstry and drapery material, anyhow. ;p
    Seriously, though, Snipewife, I vote for #2. It’s sophisticated, snappy, and formal, but easygoing. I love it. And you hit the nail on the head with the color choice.

    • I went to the official C&B site and the jacket is called Autumnal Tapestry, in spiced pumpkin. Definitely not a rug!

  3. I prefer the rug…. jacket. Sophisticated, classy and love the colors. Also flattering. Número 2.

    • Sophisticated is a good word. Personally I think I should go to this shindig dressed as Tonks but it probably would go over well. The official color of the jacket is “spiced pumpkin”–how could you go wrong with that?

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  6. […] to buy a sleeveless dress. If you’ve stopped by before you’ll note that my little black dress is sleeveless but I wear it under a jacket. I know in my head it is the lighting but it is hard to […]

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