Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mother of the Bride

I'm here to tell you that this is the first time I have ever been reduced to tears shopping for a dress. If you have been following along you'll probably remember that my daughter (only and oldest child) is getting married in Nov. :) Because we live here I thought it might be a good idea to start shopping for my dress as early as I could. Mexican women are all about frills, bows, lace and lot did I say lots of bling!! My taste doesn't fall in any of those categories. Every store window we pass I sneak a peak in. I've trolled the different web sites and flipped through a number of catalogs.

So now here's where the tears come in. Where are all the clothes for the young feeling, retired professional, educated, fun loving 50ish women????? Well if you know would you PLEASE share your knowledge??? Surly I can't be the only woman who isn't ready to wear the non-color matronly suit dress. Or even better the two piece formal dress with the sequin or laced top and wide gathered (1inch elastic) waist skirt. In some hellacious color cambos, fuchsia, teal, multicolored, polyester that feels ever so much like silk :(

Don't even get me started on fit. Now mind you I no longer wear my clothes on the clingy side, hmmm it seems to me I never did but I could if I wanted to :). But I do want my clothes to fit and flatter if just a little bit. It took a bit of hard work and will power to shed all those 5 extra pounds that jump on the scales every time I weighed my self.

A few weeks ago while flipping through the different websites summer offerings, I stumbled on to a site with not just a dress that might do. But a dress that could be perfect. So I threw caution to the wind and ordered it, had it sent to Jackie D's house in Texas. Being the good and understanding friend, she "muled" it down for me.

Thanks to the patron saint of middle aged mothers of the bride it fits!!!! YAAAAAAAAA HOOOOOOOOOO :) Happy Dance!!! It's also rather flattering, with not one bit of lace, bows, sequins, glow in the dark colors, and is real soft lovely draping silk!! Thank god it's even long enough, not that ever so flattering length. You know the thick part of your calf one!! ?? Want to see a couple of pictures??

This is the front:

This is the back :

The color in the pictures isn't exactly right. It is quite a bit darker but the blues from the light to the navy are more gray then green so it's more like the range of say a Copenhagen blue.

I love it and I think it's perfect for a November beach wedding in Charleston North Carolina. Now maybe I can find a cute white knit shrug to go with it. Could be a bit cold for this tropical kinda gal when the sun goes down :)

Before I sign off for the evening let me leave you with a new picture of young Dylan. If he keeps growing like this he is going to leave his 6' 3" father and grandfather in the dust!!!!

Have a most audacious today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you are ;)


Rustic Tarts said...

Yes and you will have to wear a bit of bling as well, essential part!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I can't believe you passed up a Mexican dress and settled on that poor somber frock.

You COULD have had tiers and tiers of bright prints! Tucks galore to make your waist look as big as a cow's! The always-fashionable peasant washerwoman gathered top, with a string-tied bottom you can let out a bit if you gain those 5 pounds back! And tassels! You could have had tassels! FRINGE, too! Gold embroidery! Spangles! And golf-ball-sized rhinestones! All on one dress!

But no, you went for those sleek, simple lines. *sigh* There's no understanding La Gringa's taste...

Beth Leintz said...

I'm so glad you passed on the long sleeved dark frock in the first picture- the blue dress is great- and I'll bet you'll be able to wear it many times- it looks like a classic.

LuLu Kellogg said...

BS....this is beautiful! You will look very elegant :)

Would you like your LS to design a pair of earrings to go with this if you don't have anything in mind yet? (on me of course) It would be my pleasure.

LS, The Commander and the Fur Babies xoxo

LuLu Kellogg said...

Ooooops....I forgot one thing! Dylan is growing like a weed! Little cutie patootie!


Tristan Robin said...

Gorgeous dress - you'll look wonderful!

Can't find dresses for a bride? Have you tried Kleinfeld's in NYC? They have *supposedly* every wedding dress made - from the budge $1500 dress to couture one-of-a-kind designer dresses.

Dylan's adorable!

Tracy M. said...

I know what you mean about age appropriate clothing. I too like simple yet attractive clothing and don't want to dress like an old lady. I've had the best luck at JC Penny. Fashionable and affordable.
I love the dress you got, so lucky to get it right the first shot.
Dylan's a cutie, they grow so fast.
Best wishes!
Tracy M.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Pattie! I found you off of Ulla's site; I was moved by your comment. As I read you blog, I can understand! I am 51 and about 10 years ago while living in Boston I had to shop for a dress for my 25 high school reunion. I was so depressed. Since then, however, I dress according to my body shape and my favorite fashion icon is Audrey and simple. Pearls and if you can...diamond studs. People will be looking at the simple elegant lines instead of those parts we don't want them to! That is just for me; your choice is lovely. Have a great time! Anita

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Don't worry you will glow. I am glad to visit. Blessings.

Diane said...

Now, this is quite a story! And for it to fit~I AM inpressed =)
Your little Dylan is so cute! Can't wait for Alton to get there!

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