BabySis (better known in this world as Prettyinpink) has a lovely navy jacket and pale skirt, very demure, ladylike, and appropriate mama.
So I'm searching for a nice summer dress, as I have none in my wardrobe. My only recourse is Clarendon shopping, which is oddly mixed with boutiques and chains. I'd love to Buy Boutique (Farinelli, for example), but just can't do the cost right now, even with summer sales. I can't stomach spending more than $50 on a dress. (A quick run through South Moon Under last week yielded nada that wasn't fit for the beach.)
So Ann Taylor Loft it is. My choices, per webbrowsing...
White with a toddler is a serious risk, but love the cut and detail. And slightly over my $50 budget
Maybe not summery enough, and maybe not daytime enough, but pretty color and looks effortless.
Pretty rich pink, adorable detail, but maybe too casual.
Potentially shapeless (though I rarely give credit to models, as half the time things look better on real people), and maybe too beachy.
The other consideration? One of the two choices I'll give The Bean is deep pink - not too far off from the 2nd to last dress above. Now that would be just too, well, Junior League. Will just have to see what looks good in the dressing room!