Dress-hunting season is officially open. I’ve started looking for a special dress to wear to a late-afternoon wedding in early October in Key Largo, Florida. If I still lived in New Jersey this would be no big deal as I was within 20 minutes of every major store in the United States of America. Here in Hanover, NH, the opening of a Talbot’s to supplement nearby KMart and Walmart was huge news. Or I could drive almost two hours to a mall or take the bus to Boston, more than 2 hours.
So yesterday I did what all women in this area do, I went online. I looked at hundreds of dresses, most of them black and above the knee, neither of which I wanted. I never had “pretty” knees, but after all my knee problems, they are truly ugly. Other dresses were hideous, inappropriate, or out of my price range. Every once in a while I found a likely candidate only to find, when I clicked on it, it was only available in very small sizes.
I did learn a new term “bodycon.” As my high school math teacher was fond of saying, “It wouldn’t take a mental giant to figure out what that means,” but the actual description would have totally frightened me, even at 20! “A bodycon dress is a one-piece figure- hugging garment that clings tightly to the body from the bust to the lower hem which can be at the upper thigh, mid- thigh, or knee. It is usually made of a lycra and polyester blend so it will hug the figure smoothly.” No wonder so many young women are obsessed with diet and exercise!
Zappo’s was my best bet: I sent for two possibilities, one of which I couldn’t even figure out how to put on and one which didn’t fit. I sent for a different size on that one. The UPS guy and I are on a first name basis, and he waves to me when I am in town. As he picked up the most recent return, I told him it was going to be a long process because I was looking for a dress. “Good luck,” he said, and smiled.
Right now I’m pretty discouraged. Maybe I’ll wait a while to continue trolling the sites – maybe after I lose five pounds!
Dorothy C. Judd © 2016
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