The Red Dress

Have you ever been invited to a wedding and get super excited, but then also start to panic because you don’t know what you will wear? This is the story of my life with every event I get invited to or host. I get excited for the event, then I panic because in typical girl fashion I have ‘nothing to wear’. I am the type of person who struggles with the concept of wearing a nice dress to more than one event. I have been told “why don’t you wear that dress you wore to the other wedding?” Um, hello?! Maybe because I have already worn it? Duh! I am not going to wear the same gown to two weddings where the same people are in attendance. Some people think this is ridiculous and tell me to get over it (those people being my mother and grandmother), but I have issues so they have learnt over the years to deal with it.

The most recent wedding I had been to was this past Saturday to celebrate two friends. The groom I met through the bride although we went to the same high school, and the bride I have known since we were in kindergarten. The wedding was beautiful, from the ceremony, to the decor, and of course her dress. I was at a wedding the week before and wore a long black dress with floral print on it. For this wedding, I opted for a long, backless red dress with a slit in the side. It was a hit and I got quite a few compliments on it.

The day of the wedding came and even though I fell asleep on the couch at about 1:45am and woke up at 6:20am, only to shower off my self tanner and crawl into my actual bed to try and sleep another 2 hours, I felt great. I got ready and went to the church ceremony in a short, floral dress with black pumps (this, I unfortunately do not have photos of because sometimes I forget). After that I had approximately four hours to get my life on track, re-do my hair and makeup for the evening and get to my aunt and uncle’s house to steam my dress all before cocktail hour. Not surprisingly, we missed cocktail hour, thank you Vancouver traffic.

The wedding was great, the food was amazing, and the dancing lasted all night. I wish I took more photos and videos, but alas, I usually don’t take too many when I’m having so much fun. Below are photos of the dress I purchased off of SheIn. This dress cost me about $20 CAD and fits me so well. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I received this dress. I paired it with a pair of ALDO shoes that I purchased a few years back. I did not alter the dress in any way, although I will meet to get it hemmed about an inch.

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When ordering online, please keep in mind to look at sizing charts and if the site shows it, what size the model is wearing. I usually do check both and try to be as realistic as possible about my size compared to the super fit, thin, tall model who is wearing the clothes. With the Asian sites like SheIn, there are a lot of items that fit smaller than usual, so what I do is check YouTube try on videos of the brands so that I can get a better feel for what the product is going to look like when I get it (I’ve said it before and I will say it again, don’t expect designer quality at the super low prices these websites offer).

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