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The High Price of Being a Woman

  • October 15, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
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101Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my niece’s wedding and not only witnessed the beautiful bride getting hitched, and she did look stunning, but also my daughter in her first ever role as bridesmaid. It was a most joyous occasion and everyone looked dapper dressed up to the nines.

Not wanting to look like the daggy old Aunt, I decided to buy a new frock for the occasion, although there were possibly a couple of prospects lurking in the back of my wardrobe which my husband informed me would look fine. My intention was to buy a dress only – no matching shoes, clutch bag or miscellaneous adornments. I even made a mental note to myself that I was not going overboard, since I have no present employment.

So off I went to Myer, David Jones and other various shops on day one and took a couple of photos of dresses on my iPhone, but nothing really that took my fancy. I decided to troll the boutiques in my nearby suburb and to my absolute delight I found two gorgeous dresses that would be suitable, that fitted perfectly, looked respectable and best of all were priced under $200. Yay, I thought to myself, “mission accomplished”.

Dress Option #1

Dress Option #1

Dress Option #2

Dress Option #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After deciding on the pale grey and black lace paneled slim fitting frock, I bought the dress home and tried it on with several pairs of sky-scraper heels that I already had in my shoe rack and made the decision that I would end up an absolute cripple if I wore either pair. So I realized I needed a new pair of lower heeled shoes. I also decided I needed a tummy trimmer undergarment to suck my gut in a bit so that I didn’t look five months ‘up the duff’! Then I realized that my little black clutch bag was a little daggy looking.

Before I knew it my credit card was ‘smoking hot’ and at the last tally was heading towards the $500 mark.  I couldn’t believe that it costs so much just to outfit oneself for a modest little occasion. This got me thinking what a high price we pay as women in an attempt to look good.

Olga Berg Clutch $50, Jane Debster Heels $180, Adorne Bracelet $20

Olga Berg Clutch $50, Jane Debster Heels $180, Adorne Bracelet $20

Also, I am not taking into account the hairdresser’s appointment to get my regrowth done, or the nail polish, lipstick and ‘party feet’ thingy’s for my shoes (so that I wouldn’t be a cripple!)

To make matters worse my hubby just pulled his old trusty black suit out of the wardrobe, gave it a quick iron, selected a long sleeve shirt and tie from his wardrobe and he was ready to rock n’ roll.  Easy peasy for him!  He didn’t need to worry about matching shoes or bag, extremely uncomfortable tummy control undies, makeup or getting the regrowth done on his non-existent hair.  Plainly not fair!

But the good news is that I think I did look pretty fine and like every other dress that I have worn to a wedding will probably get worn to a Melbourne Cup Luncheon later on this year. So I guess the price I paid to look good was worth it in the end!

Putting it all together

Putting it all together

What do you girls think? Do we pay too much to compete in the fashion stakes?

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By 50 Shades, October 15, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

14 Comments
  • Gail Forrer
    October 15, 2014

    Three key words for cost cutting: Retro: Recycle: reloved shops :)

    • Kathy
      October 15, 2014

      Thanks for those cost saving tips Gail. I never seem to have any luck when I go to the pre-loved clothing shops. I am a bit of a slave to current fashion!

  • travellingbag
    October 15, 2014

    Love the dress Kathy – right choice. But you’re right, most of us feel the need to buy new stuff for special occasions. I think it’s a mental thing, I’m sure your husband was right when he said you had dresses that would look fine but, in ourselves, if we’re not happy with what we’re wearing we don’t enjoy the occasion as much as we should.

    • Kathy
      October 15, 2014

      I’m so glad I made the effort to look nice for such a joyous occasion. I had an absolute ball on the night and although the shoes were ditched by the end of the evening, everything else held up well (even the tummy control undies!) It gave me the confidence boost I needed at that time :)

  • Sunny
    October 15, 2014

    Great look. It is good to update your special occasion clothes if you can. Just because something is wearable doesn’t mean it is the right outfit.

    • Kathy
      October 15, 2014

      Thanks Sunny.We all have to try and look our best. Glad you dropped by my blog :)

  • Johanna
    October 15, 2014

    Loved your choices and you look fab. Yes I agree we have to pay far too much ;) The thing is though we then have to realise that we only get our money’s worth from the outfit if we wear it again and again and don’t just keep it for best. Perhaps after the Melbourne Cup lunch you can relegate the dress to more casual ‘dinners out’ so it gets more wear? I’ve been buying not so expensive shoes and they do my feet in … so I’m going to have to take a deep breath and buy better made shoes in the future ;) (Sigh!)

    • Kathy
      October 15, 2014

      Yes your are right, I have my daughter’s graduation coming up in December so I think I might wear that dress again. Shoes are my bugbear! It is so difficult to find comfy ones. Even my $180 pair weren’t that comfortable after a lot of standing and mandatory dancing!

  • Rae Hilhorst
    October 15, 2014

    You look fantastic and I am a fan of Jane Debster shoes, bet they were comfortable to begin with. You are going to get loads of wear out of that outfit. My eldest paid a hefty sum for a Lis Ho dress that she has worn to 6 occasions, being engagements and weddings. Nice clothes make us feel good and give us confidence x

    • Kathy
      October 15, 2014

      Why thank You Rae. I felt good and that is the main thing. After travelling around in a caravan for 6 months it was a treat to get dressed up and go to such a wonderful happy event. There are some items of clothing I get my money’s worth out of and others get worn seldom. I guess it evens out.

  • middleagedmama1
    October 24, 2014

    Sometimes … but how you can put a price on looking and FEELING great! You look smokin’ hot by the way!

    • Kathy
      October 25, 2014

      Thank you Janet. It was nice to get dressed up after six months of wearing nothing but t shirt, shorts and thongs!

  • Meryl Thompson
    August 28, 2015

    would love to know where you got the dress for the wedding as I am going to a wedding soon and need a ‘cocktails dress!

    • Kathy
      August 31, 2015

      Hi Meryl, that was almost 12 months ago now and I bought it at a little boutique near where I live in Burleigh Heads. I doubt whether you would be able to buy it now. :)

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