Let me start by saying that I am not the kind of girl that likes to go clothing or shoe shopping. If I find something that fits and I like it, I will buy several of the item to last and call it a day. On Sunday, I went out to look for a dress to wear to a family wedding coming up soon. Nothing that I had worked for a number of reasons, so shopping was a necessity. My mother and father took me to look in places that they had seen dresses. After no luck at Kohls (no dressy items at all), we went to JC Penney. My mother had bought her outfit for the wedding there and knew that they had a good plus sized department.
We got to the department and there was a lot to browse though. Of course, any two piece items were automatically out. My top and bottom are much different in size. I could technically go to the non-plus size for pants and skirts, but not tops. *sigh* There was a large display of summer dresses without sleeves. I was ready to dismiss them when my mother talked me into trying them on. She reminded me that I could always something to put over my arms if I wanted it.
The first dress I tried on left me without words. It fit, almost too well. The length was perfect, the sides were high enough to cover my bra and the girls were in place nicely. My mother asked why I never wore sleeveless items. I think this reminded me why. Most items are not made to fit like a dress and show off too much bra or even more that should not be seen. I kept trying more dresses on and fell in love with another dress. My mind immediately went to the cocktail parties at BlogHer this summer. I walked out of JC Penney with two new dresses at 50%. A quick call to TechyDad made me realize I was lucky not to be home.
Now the hunt is on. I need a pair of shoes to match my dresses. If at all possible, I would like silver wedges so they can be worn with both. Thursday, I spent the day on a shoe hunt. Talk about frustrating! Thanks to a high instep, cute shoes are hard to find that fit. Shoe after shoe did not work. I really liked a pair of silver wedges at Macy’s, but after 3 minutes the leather left a nasty looking rub mark on my foot.
Looking online is great, but I really need to try something on. Not sure I have enough time to order something in case it doesn’t fit. I did find a great looking pair of shoes called Cupcake from the YOU line by Crocs. Before you roll your eyes, check them out here:
So my question to you this week:
Do you like to go shopping for dressy clothing and shoes and why do you feel this way? If you are a shoe expert, any suggestions on where to hunt would be greatly appreciated.
Update: About 30 minutes after I typed this on Thursday evening, I was talking to my mother on the phone. She was near another shoe store and asked me to meet her there. Thank you Super Shoes! I found several pairs of shoes that fit, were cute and worked with my dresses. Not the best photo from my cell phone, but it will do for now (modeling shots were on Twitter last night).
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the MckLinky there if you are participating.
i hate shopping for clothes and i only wear cowboy boot or flip flops.. i also only wear skirts and teeshirts or tank tops.
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The pair on the left looks like glass slippers! Very pretty!
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Oh Lordy, do you have the wrong person! I hate shopping for dressy cloths, and shoes aren’t that much fun to me either. Sorry! Now, if I’m buying for someone else I’m a little more enthusiastic.
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I love to shop and always have. It doesn’t have to be for me I just love to shop. Glad you were able to find a pair that you like.
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I love shoes!!!! but shopping nor fun for me. My feet so small so I tend not to find the shoe I like in my size.
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I usually head to TJMaxx for that kind of stuff. I hate paying more for stuff I’ll wear once than for my every day stuff.
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Those shoes are really cute that you found.
I don’t go shopping for anything dressy so I have no advice. All I ever get , probably once a year, is a new top or pair of slacks.
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i hate shopping for shoes… and clothes! lol… unless its for my son!
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I don’t like shopping for clothes, but I do love shopping for shoes, as my closet can attest. ;) You found some cute ones!
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I love shopping but shopping for something dressy for a special occasion takes me forever to find just the right thing. I want dressy and comfort combined which doesn’t co-exist.
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I like the clear shoes, so pretty. Before I had the girls I love to buy shoes but after they born I hate it. Why? Cause my grow,ha!
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I’m really bad at shopping and will only go if i need something new rather than want!
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I’m so not a shopper. I hate to shop for ANYTHING LOL Have a great weekend :)
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I love shoe shopping! I am always hunting for a good bargain. I enjoy DSW.
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I LOVE to shop for my kids or even in general but HATE to shop for me!
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If I can go shopping for myself without kids in tow, yes I like to shop! I’m not very fond of shopping for dress shoes though because I have a hard time finding ones that fit right.
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Glad you found the shoes you were looking for. I have to shop for shoes at Nine West Outlet because they are usually ones that have my small size 5 feet. Happy day!
I’m not an expert on either. And I don’t like to shop too much. Looks like you got some good deals & nice stuff.
Hope you’re having a nice weekend♥
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I don’t care for shopping for shoes or dressy clothes.
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I love shoes, but not the shopping. And, they don’t love me due to an unwieldy bunion issue. Finding clothes that fit is also time-consuming, and I just don’t have the patience or interest to make the effort.
I put off shopping for myself until I can get together with my sisters (who live far away), and then I go “buying” not shopping. They love to shop so they know how to steer me in the right direction.
It sounds like your mom is a great shopper too!
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Wow, I can’t believe those are Crocs! I guess I’m not a good shoe shopper because I don’t like to pay a lot for shoes. But then casual sandals constitute most of my shoe wardrobe. The most recent pair was some silver jeweled flip-flops from Target.
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Oh, no, I don’t enjoy ‘dressy’ shopping too much. Too fussy. I hope you find something you like!
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