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Works for Me Wednesday - mother of the groom dress

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One of the most challenging parts of getting ready for my son's wedding was finding an appropriate dress as the mother-of-the-groom.  I am not a showy person.  I have spent the last 26 years at home, taking care of kids, and working out of my home office. I have a ton of casual clothes, some church clothes and that's about it. But I needed to have something much more formal for this special event.

In my late teens and 20s I used to have LOTS of formal clothes, because I needed them for homecomings, proms and later weddings as a bridesmaid or as a guest.  I don't remember shopping for formal ware being so difficult then. But as I wrote last month, things have changed.  I've changed.

I knew I needed -

  •  a special formal dress because I was one of the leading ladies at this event   - true I was third or fourth on that list, but I was representing the groom's side so it was still important. 
  • It also had to be comfortable because it was going to be a very long and emotional day. 
  • It also had to be affordable. There was no way I was going to pay hundreds of dollars on this dress.  In fact, the thought of spending even $100 on a dress made me cringe. But I was willing to put some bucks out there if it meant meeting my other two criteria. 

I did actually go into a few stores to try some things on - which only reiterated to me how much I hate doing that!  I also purchased a dress I loved on line, but as I wrote here - it didn't fit me very well and I wasn't very satisfied with the customer service either.

The dress I finally found was in the most unlikely of places, J.C. Penney!  When I got real about finding a dress, I took my actual measurements (not the ones in my imagination but the real deal!) and finally found a dress in my correct size that was appropriate, affordable - and only $79!  And because it was a neutral color, I'm sure I'll be able to wear it for other occasions if needed. (It's also hand washable - so no dry cleaning needed!)

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