Dress #1: I left a screaming newborn Amaleah with Dad, and hurriedly picked out a two piece polka-dot outfit from Ann Taylor...that one I wore a lot; perfect for nursing...and Amaleah was still crying when I returned.
Dress #2: The re-use: a sparkly purple dress I had found at Ross for $3...seriously; and I had worn it in New York a few years before.
Dress #3: A shopping trip with Luke's gramma: after I subtly mentioned to her that I needed a new dress, she cheerfully responded by insisting we go together: we shopped, I tried on, she critiqued, she bought. Nice. It was a hot pink, eyelet dress with a halter. I had tried on another one and we were deliberating, but when I came out in this one, she said "Oh that's lovely." I said "I think it's a pretty dress too," and she said, "Oh no dear, I was referring to that beautiful mole you have on the neckline..." So that dress apparently worked with my body.
Dress #4: A trip to the mall and a stretchy black dress with white and pink contrast down the front...The story behind this one is that Julia was a wee little baby, who never took a bottle. My babysitter had to drive her up to the banquet so I could nurse her in the car before bedtime...that was a sight, let me tell you...
Dress #5: I picked up my mom from the airport, she was to babysit that night. I had no dress yet, and 3 hours to find one...So, we stopped at Ross, she stayed in the car with the kids, I ran in, tried on 6 dresses, found the perfect one, and a pair of shoes, in less than 20 minutes. I still like that dress (brown, strapless with a cream brocaide pattern throughout)
Dress #6: Shopping trip with Mercy (Luke's sister) in San Antonio, with a few weeks to spair until the event. We walk into Banana Republic. A random black, silk dress is hanging on the wrong rack, and it is really the wrong size for me, I think, but the total right price ($30...)I try it on, and with a little help from Mercy with the zipper, the perfect black dress was bought. This one I wore to Luke's graduation.
Dress #7: This year, another shopping trip with Mercy, this time to one store only...the Gap. Keep in mind I'm big and pregnant, but the styles these days, like empire waistlines, make it possible to buy non-maternity things and have them work (and make me wonder, "Why would anyone else wear this if it makes them look pregnant?"). And this year, I had a personal jeweler to bead me a coordinating necklace!
Besides the fun dresses, of course the best part is a night out with my husband...