Of all the different projects in pageantry, I should have know finding a dress would take the longest!! When it comes to clothes, I'm pretty picky. I have to have a certain style, a certain color, all under a certain budget. Not to mention modesty, which is a big factor for me. Jada and Bailey always went dress shopping with me and I think I drove them ballistic! Here's a few of the things on my checklist
1. The dress had to be a bright color (preferably not white)
2. The dress had to be floor length
3. The dress had to either have straps or be a certain price so that straps could be added within the budget
4. There couldn't be a slit, deep back, plunging neckline, crop top, etc.
5. The dress had to be A-line
6. I wanted a fabric and cut that really stood out
6. It had to be absolutely, perfectly flattering!!!
Anyway, I wanted to share some of dresses that I found and then show the dress I finally chose!
Macy's- This was one of the first dresses I tried on. I like the color, but it didn't quite have the wow factor I wanted.
Macy's- This dress actually looks better in the picture than it did in real life! LOL The bodice was pretty, but, again, it didn't quite have the wow factor.
Nordstrom- I just tried this dress on for fun. Even though it wasn't a pageant formal dress, I thought it was so cute! This was the perfect example of the cut and material that I originally had in mind. I even liked the neckline, even though it didn't have straps.
Windsor- Windsor Store had a great selection! I loved the style, material, and pattern of the above dress! It seemed very regal. However, as you can really tell in the picture, the color didn't really stand out. Plus, no straps.
Windsor- This was my mom's favorite! I really liked it to, but it was out of budget. We prayed about it for a while, thought about getting it anyway, until the final dress came along .....
We found this dress at a store called Whatchamacallit. Everyone at the boutique was so sweet! Especially the main lady who assisted us, Mrs. Althea. She was so helpful and a great woman of God. She even helped Miss USA 2015 find a dress!
When I first saw my dress on the hanger, I was like "Oh, My, Gosh!" I loved the color and the fabric. Everything on it seemed to fit my personality. I tried it on, but the size I had picked was too small. Since it was in the clearance aisle at a great price, I was sure they wouldn't have another. Surprise surprise! Mrs. Althea found another size that fit me perfectly! I loved it! However, it was a strapless with a sweet heart neckline, which didn't match my criteria and was really unflattering on me. But I knew this was the dress. Mrs. Althea and the seamstress, Ms. Esperanza, came up with a whole design for straps that blew me away. When I picked up the dress after alterations, it was so much prettier than I had imagined!!!
I'm so thankful to God for helping me with the "little things." This dress wasn't what I had in mind at the beginning, but it's perfect for me! Can't wait to wear it for the pageant!!
The Kamau Sisters
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
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