19. July 2011 · 3 comments · Categories: fashion, life, Wedding · Tags:

What happened? Maybe it’s NYC or maybe it’s my lack of money, but I definitely don’t enjoy shopping as much as I used to. I still love, love, love new clothes, but the act of walking around for hours getting lost in stores full of models is a huge turn off.


This was not me today.

I spent my time after work tonight shopping for the perfect Wedding Shower Dress. I don’t know how many stores I went into, but I tried H & M, Anthropologie, Filene’s Basement, Zara, Urban Outfitters, Gap and even more that I can’t remember. Guess what I found? NOTHING.

After every store, I was getting more and more frustrated. I found many things that I liked, but they were all over $100! I swear there is no middle ground. I know there are cheaper stores out there, like Forever 21 and Strawberry, but those stores are exactly that….cheap. The clothing is not good quality, period. I could buy something from there, whether it’s $20 or $80 and it would still fall apart after one wear. I am trying very hard to stay away from those types of stores.

So yeah, there is either super cheap or expensive like $150 for a dress and honestly I cannot afford that right now…or ever, probably.

The qualities I am looking for in the perfect dress:

  • Not too dressy, not too casual.
  • Somewhat colorful (not black).
  • Has some type of print (no solid colors).

Is that too much to ask for? For $60 or less or even $80? Apparently.

I also, all of a sudden have this complex with shopping. I feel super self-conscious and out of place. I mean, I’m not the most feminine person; I fall during half marathons and scar up my legs (yes, I have scars) and I would much rather wear work out clothes any day, but I don’t think I have no fashion sense at all. I usually don’t care what people think, but for some reason, I feel like everyone is judging me when I’m shopping alone.

I knew I should’ve just bought a dress online, but at this point it’s too late. The shower is in 4 days and I have nothing to wear.

Rant over.

I plan on going to Macy’s tomorrow. Hopefully I can find something good there!

Know of any good dress stores that aren’t a trillion dollars too expensive?


  1. Hey Steph! I totally know how you feel. I took one of my good friends shopping two weekends ago and we couldn’t find anything for her either. 🙁 Everything was so expensive!

    Maybe try TJ Maxx or Marshalls in Chelsea. They’re in the same building along with a Filene’s Basement. I’ve had some luck there in the past with special occasion dresses.

    Also as a last resort I’ll often check target.com because you can make returns for free at their stores. I think there’s one in Queens not too far from you. Sometimes I luck out and find cute things for a pretty good deal.

  2. honestly, I’ve found some of my favorite dresses at thriftstores. Not overpriced “vintage” stores, but real old-fashioned thriftstores. Salvation Army, Goodwill, smaller independent shops, etc. There are tons in Williamsburg (can be a bit overpriced sometimes, but you’ll still find something great for under $100) so you make a whole afternoon of it instead of having to run around to different parts of the city if you want.

  3. i know what you mean. i think its because we are adults and have less disposable income. i do love that website. every day fashion or whatever and they have awesome choices. maybe you could borrow something from some one?


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