in the weeks leading up to the dine-out i was really stressed about what to wear. i had heard a lot of women would be wearing floor-length gowns (of which i own none) or otherwise very fancy dresses (of which i also own none). apparently some people re-use bridesmaids dresses, but the last time i wore a fancy bridesmaid dress i was 17 years old. no idea where that dress even is and lawd knows i wouldn't fit into it today. i went to a couple stores to search for something dressy yet affordable, but didn't have much luck. one day i was running errands with quinn and i popped into my favorite local boutique, aimee.
i tried on a few dresses and ended up buying one that i really loved. i didn't know for sure if it would be dressy enough, but it was the only one in my size so i figured i ought to take it home with me just in case i couldn't find anything else. my younger sister has a couple of gowns that she uses for formal singing performances, so i tried those on one day. they are beautiful dresses but i just felt so weird with them on! totally not "me." i gave up looking for another dress and ended up wearing (and loving) the dress from aimee.
i was probably one of the more under-dressed ladies there, and may have gotten a few up-down looks (you know the ones...) but i felt great in the dress and i'm honestly really glad i wore it. i didn't have to tug on a hemline or a strapless bra, i was warm (as one could be) in the 5-degree weather, and i will definitely get a lot more wear out of this dress than i would have anything dressier.
aren't you glad i took a picture of my shoes so you could see the beautiful carpet?
dress: aimee, $75
necklace: charlotte russe, $3
belt: j.crew, $10
tights: target, $13
heels: target, $12
ring: j.crew, $13
bracelet: j.crew, $8
watch: target, $20