My Easter dress is rather simple. It's a coral/salmon color with short drap sleeves and waist rouching. A tradition from childhood has been a 'new' dress for Easter. We grew up pretty poor but there always was money for something. It may have come from the local thrift shop or bought from the store, but it was "new" for us. As an adult, I've done the same. Peter, not so much. Maybe a new shirt, tie, or acessory, but since suits are pricey, he tends to wear the ones he has. The kids: new outfit. The consignment and second hand stores are my favorite places to look (which is where I got Bobby's suit for this year for $14 and his one for next year- 3 piece plus tie and shirt- for $4.50!!! and Maya's dress for $8), but whenever I have specials for Kohl's, that's my store of choice. My MIL often gets 30% off coupons and the $$ off coupons, as do I, so I'll stick stuff together and wait for sales (I swear, Kohl's doesnt want you to pay full price). Which is how I bought this $90 dress, on sale for just under $60, for less than 1/3 of the price! It was twenty-something (I dont remember now).
Because I'm me (and have 0 fashion sense whatsoever), I sent out a text to several of my fashionist girlfriends to get advice for a very important question: what color shoes do I wear with this??? I got a couple of responses, but it's my girlfriend, M (Maya's godmother), that I had the most fun with and needed to share (because I need to laugh again, and figured you might too!).
We were texting back and forth, and M told me she had some shoes I could borrow (we're getting together early next week, so it works out!) and asked what the dress looked like. I responded with "It's churchy" because, really, that's a good definition right? It has sleeves, doesnt show cleavage, and hits the knee. Church appropriate!
She responds that she's never heard that term to describe dress and that the shoes are little more hoochie.
Let me set the scene for you. I'm covered in church. I wear strapless or sleeveless, but with a cover-up, and we're kind of old school, so I wear a short (head only, just hits the shoulders) mantilla or chapel veil and cover my head. (Maya even has a white chapel veil that she wears when she wants, although, as she gets older and understands, I expect that she'll wear it with regularity.) Pair those two things with... Hooker Boots. Yes. Over the knee, healed boots. Like these.
Peter always laughs when I come out of the bedroom, church appropriate dress and mantilla in hand...with what we, affectionately, (hide your eyes) call "whore boots". But they are comfortable (no, really), and I like them. And, let's be honest. They cover the rest of my legs so that NOTHING is showing!
I say this to my girlfriend. Bring on the hoochie heels! Because, with my reputation, they will go great! To which Sarah, who is helping me make dinner during all of this, replies (and I sent this), "Yes... I think paring hooker boots with church wear sends quite the statement: I know how to worship AND have a good time afterwards."