My first ball in ages is coming up in less than two weeks, as I will be attending my man’s graduation ball. The last ball I went to was the Cambridge University Graduation Ball at Jesus College (no it wasn’t me who graduated there. I wish!) so I didn’t really have any prom/ball gowns in my wardrobe. Besides that, even if I had, they wouldn’t fit ’cause I’ve lost tons of pounds…
So off I go browsing the internet. I hate shopping (I don’t have the patience for it nor do I know the right shops to look for prom dresses). I looked through tons of websites, including TK Maxx, Monsoon, Shop Style UK, Debenhams, Selfridges, Karen Millen, etc, etc, etc.I looked at the typical styles of strapless with wide skirt, short and long.
But I hate my legs, so I wouldn’t want to do short, but long strapless dresses with wide skirts can make a short person look even shorter and I already suffer from acute lack of height. AND they all looked too boring, too simple. Just not breath-taking, which is the effect I wanted to go for when my man sees me :-) And not just my man, but all the people from my original uni year who looked down at me. So I needed unusual. Unusual color, unusual cut.
I had this picture of a dress in my head that was going to be a bright color – azure blue or yellow or magenta pink or something – and I wanted a lot of beautiful beading. Sort of a bit like the colors and stitching of Saris. Just wasn’t sure if I wanted floor length or short.
But you know what happens when you look for something specific. You don’t find it. Or if you do, of course it’s not in your size. Grrr! Absolutely frustrating.
I even went as far as ordering this beautiful looking dress for £140 from Paris which ended up being too big and looking tacky..
Discovering that this beautiful looking dress was an absolute FAYUL made me just so desperate that I actually braved going dress shopping in Birmingham on a Saturday. Birmingham. Saturday Shopping. Worst Combination Ever. Ted Baker? Nothing. House of Fraser? Nothing. New Look? Nothing, Lipsy, where I tried on 7 dresses? Nothing. NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING.
HOWEVER! I did find a dress after all and I’m really please with it. I didn’t think of looking where I found it, and I didn’t think I would go for the style its in (Sorry for being mysterious, but my man reads my blog posts so I can’t give too much away – I will post a picture though after the ball!). And the big bonus is that it only cost me £65. It’s an unusual color (orange-red terracotta ish with silver beading). Now I have to find shoes & a bag. Urgh. Gonna have to go with silver (because of the beads) or navy (complimentary color) but all I wanna do is put gold to this dress because of its warm undertone.
DRAMA! Urgh! I wish I was a boy sometimes.
What would you wear to prom/ball?
Miss drifted Snow White