19 June 2009

Style Dilemma: Chic in Church

My nephew is getting dunked this weekend. Well, it's a Presbyterian chuch, so just drizzled on, unlike my Bean, who was full monty and dipped to her head (screaming and peeing on the nice priest).

BabySis (better known in this world as Prettyinpink) has a lovely navy jacket and pale skirt, very demure, ladylike, and appropriate mama.
I, on the other hand, am at a loss. I have a standby suit - which I wore to The Bean's baptism - but it's navy and cream. Am not going to do that to BabySis.

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!

5 comments:

Valerie said...

I love the maroon dress you have featured. The cut is so flattering!

DC Celine said...

valerie - unfortunately, it photographed way better than it hung on an actual body. shame, but...

Kara said...

Choosing a dress for any occasion is so stressful! I liked the white, but it's true that it could be dangerous. I'm always nervous when wearing white.

chickdowntown.com Eliza said...

I'm so disappointed to see that the maroon dress didn't fit as well. That was by far my favorite (but I'm always partial to red). The white and the pink are really cute, though, and I think that pink dress would be fine if you are worried about wearing white.

Virginia Janet said...

You have nice choice.!! Ann Taylor is one of my favorite places for dress shopping. I will certainly check out Ann Taylor Loft.