I don't know how I ended up with this many cocktail dresses. I didn't have any fancy dresses before YLF, and DH has been bugging me for years to get a nice dress. The first four still have the tags on and I'm wondering which ones to keep and which to return. I do have the occasional holiday party or fundraiser for work to attend (maybe a 2-3 times a year) but otherwise I don't usually dress up. I think DH would be OK with me keeping all of them, but I am just wondering if I really need ALL of these. Or maybe I should go out on more dates with DH!
Which ones look best on me, and any that I should return? Thanks for your advice!
1-5. Sue Wong Ribbon Trim Illusion dress size 6 in wine and black
I found this on sale at the Rack online. I think this one is my favorite because it's interesting and unique. Unfortunately it is a bit tight at the empire waist (I think my ribcage is a bit too big) so it was really difficult to zip up--I had to really suck it in to get the zipper closed. I wanted to try a size up but the 8 is not available. Once it's zipped it feels OK, but getting it zipped is challenging. It's bringing back bad flashbacks of me always having to zip my mom up into her dresses while she sucked it in. But I really like how it looks once on, especially the interesting illusion back. It's a wine colored satin with a black lace overlay. Does it look sophisticated on me, or is it too "mature" looking?
6-7. Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique asymmetric satin strech sheath dress size 6 in red
I bought this dress for my holiday party this year but it ended up being a costume party so I didn't have a chance to wear it. I like the color and fit but not so sure about the asymmetric neckline. I like that it's a "showstopper" dress though! :) I bought it full price but found out it went on sale at the Rack so I grabbed another one and returned the full price one since it hadn't been worn. It's only $59 now!
8-10. Bailey 44 black lace sheath dress size M. This is the sleeveless lace version of the tiered striped dress. I bought it full price at Anthro. It's a little body con and shows off my apple tummy a bit much, but otherwise it's a great LBD.
11-14. J Crew Yvette dress in metallic jacquard in midnight blue size 6
I bought this during the holiday sales. I feel like the bottom is too wide for my hips, so I might have to alter it. The size 4 is now available, but now it's more expensive and final sale, so I'm hesitant to try the 4 in case it's too tight. I'm thinking of returning this but only have a few days left to return so I have to do it soon. It's about the same price as the Sue Wong so I'm thinking of returning it and keeping the Sue Wong instead.
Just for comparison, these are the rest of my "fancy" dresses:
15. Kate Spade black and white polka dot Jillian dress--bought on sale, already worn twice. I really like this one and thought I would wear this one more than I have, but I just haven't had much occasion to dress up.
16. Kate Spade Fiona black wrap dress--also bought on sale, haven't worn it yet. It was one of my first few purchases after joining. I don't know if I would buy it again today, since it doesn't seem to be my style as much as the others, but it's too late to return. (I returned the necklace in the pic).