NO! I'm really stressing out about this trip. I mean, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited, but I don't know what to wear! Well there's that and the fact that I'm afraid I'll embarrass everyone by yelling out, "Hey Monica! How's Chandler and Joey? Can I buy you a cup of coffee at the Central Perk? Please! Be my friend!"
I am seriously fashion-impaired. You know, I wear jeans, t-shirts and Crocs. Yes, yes, I'm the epitome of glamor. The only good thing about my stress over this trip is the fact that I've completely forgotten about my class reunion and I'm not the least bit worried over what I'll wear there.
Being a stay-at-home mom, I've kinda, um, well, I've sort of let myself go. My daily beauty regimen is pretty much just taking a shower and putting my hair in a ponytail. Voila! Ready to go. I've never been into fashion. I've never cared about name brands. At all. I don't understand why someone would pay 4, 5, 20 times the amount of the generic brand just to have a particular name on their clothing. I'm not saying it's wrong; I just don't understand it.
For example, I had never spent more than about 20 bucks on a purse. When I got my first advance check for my book, I totally splurged and bought myself a Coach purse. Here's the thing though - I was so embarrassed for spending so much on a stupid purse, that it just sat in my room for almost 2 months before I got brave enough to use it. How lame am I?
Well I finally started using my purse and you know what? I liked it. I really did. Until yesterday when the little leather zipper pull came right off in my hand! Now I can hardly open my purse. I have to kinda push the zipper along with my finger and hope I don't pinch my skin in it.
So I went to the Coach store today and a flock of helpful sales people
The associate said, "Oh I know it's not old. That's from the spring collection!"
"Um ok, so can it be fixed? Is this under any kind of warranty? Is it normal for it to break so quickly?"
"You'll have to get it fixed."
"OK, so do you guys fix these? Do I have to pay for it?"
"You'll have to send it out to be fixed. I've got to warn you though, it usually takes 6 - 8 weeks."
"Ugh. And you cover the repairs?"
"Well, you have to pay $20 for it. So, do you want to see any new purses?"
So paying more for designer things doesn't always mean you're getting better quality or better service. I guess the extra money just pays for a name and I don't personally think it's worth the money just to have "Coach" written on my purse. And this is why, although there's a totally cute, hot pink bag there right now, I will SO not buy another one. Ticks me off.
This is a perfect example of why I like Suave. Why should I pay 4 times as much for shampoo sold at a salon when I can buy Suave and get the same end result? And as lazy as I am when it comes to my appearance, I have to admit that I feel a hundred times better, more confident, prettier when I do take the time to do my hair, put on make-up and dress nicely. Don't you feel like you could take on the world when you're having a good hair day? And don't you feel like a slug on those ponytail days? I know I do.
So, I'm really trying to make an effort, but I'm completely fashion-inept. When I go shopping, I see what the mannequins are wearing and then I hunt around the racks for the same items. If there are no mannequins at the store, I'm outta luck.
Here's where you come in. I'm sure I've got some readers who have a clue about fashion and I'm begging you for your opinion! I really need help! I bought a few things today, but I have no idea what goes with what? What should I wear? Pretend like I'm your paper doll (only, um, puffier) and come up with a couple outfits for me. What should I keep? What should I return to the store? What goes with what? Do I have anything doable or should I start all over?
I found this scarf-shawl thingy and I loved the variegated pink - dark rose color so I got it. I have no idea what to wear it with!
Hmmm, it's a little hard to tell how this looks from the picture, but it's a cute little black jacket. I like the short cut of it. And the sleeves don't come quite to my wrists (on purpose). What do I wear it with? Do I wear it buttoned or unbuttoned? What kind of shirt should I wear underneath it? Do I wear it with black pants? What if the blacks don't match? Why did I get this???
Or maybe this blue/green jacket would be better? It makes me eyes really green. But what on earth would I wear with this though???
Hmmm this one's kinda low cut and makes me look um, boobish. Definitely keeping this one despite the fact that I'm not a fan of purple.
I don't know what possessed me to get this one. I like pink? I don't know if I like pink on me though!
Likewise, I'm not sure what to do with this. Seriously, I feel like a dork on What Not To Wear. It's sad that a grown woman can't manage to put a couple pieces of clothing together to make an outfit that wouldn't blind a person.
I found 2 pretty black dresses that fit and are (I think) flattering on my pear shaped body.
This one comes with a little bolero jacket. Of course, I could always get a pretty wrap to go over the first one though. Hmmm, I can't decide between the 2. I like them both.
Ugh, and don't get me started on shoes!!!
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*****Edited***** I wasn't clear about some of my clothing choices there. I need one of the black dresses for the premier and after party. That's supposed to be fancy. I need some "casual chic" clothes for a couple other events. I'm clueless there.