I don’t dress up. I’m a stay at home mom/writer. My version of dressing up is a sundress in summer sunshine or a pretty tunic with my LuLaRoes. And no, I’m not going to buy a Carly and call it good. I’ll admit, I briefly considered a solid Nicole as formal enough, but came to my senses quickly.
My last formal dress was worn at a wedding when I was pregnant with my youngest. I do believe I still have it, but I doubt it fits.
I have three kids. And I never lost all the pounds I gained with my fourteen year old, so that leaves me in the challenging department called Plus Sized. There are considerably fewer options for us larger ladies.
I’d be set if I wanted to dress up as WonderWoman for this event. While Store A didn’t carry the formal cosplay dress in my size Store 3 did. Noted for when the movie comes out this summer. I could play dress-up with my youngest.
However, while lovely, Wonder Woman’s dress isn’t suitable for a gala. And while I’m not in my twenties anymore, I also found myself horrified to see another store claiming these are good options.
I learned that in the entire mall I could not find a single thing. The dresses felt too young for me or too old for me. For the love of Pete where are the pretty dresses in my size? One without a cartoon character, giant flowers or attached beaded jacket? Where?
And I know I’m not alone. Statistics say most women are a size 16. SOME dresses are made in that size. But it’s a smaller size 16 because it’s not cut for a “mom belly.”
So off I trudge to try again or (eek) try an online dress and hope their measurements match up or pray for a good return policy. On the brighter side my FitBit congratulated me on a job well done. Maybe I need to find the shoes before the dress.
Or raid my kid’s closet?