Gala time

So, for some reason, January and February seem to be the hot months for galas and other benefits. And, if you’re like me, you’re always trying to find the perfect dress for one. You know… that’s affordable, flattering, and comfortable! It’s not an easy feat, but I have to say, I think I’ve figured out the key! Nordstrom!! With their free shipping policy both ways and their awesome selection of dresses for $100 or less, you can order lots of options in multiple sizes to try on in the comfort of your own home and then just ship back whatever doesn’t work. Easy peezy! I spent about 45 minutes on my Nordstrom app the other day while waiting for someone and was able to order 10 dresses that arrived less than a week later. I had a mega try-on session yesterday, since it was a snow day and we were holed up inside anyway, and here are the ones I am actually considering for the event I have in a few weeks:

First up is an LBD. You can’t go wrong with this sort of understated elegance, and I love the black lace overlay. The length is super short, but since the neckline is conservative, it works. It’s comfortable, elegant, and pretty timeless. I’m wearing a small and I’d say it’s true to size.  The fact that it’s only $65 makes this a great option!

Black Lace Shift Dress – $65


Next up are two super on-trend dresses because they are both made of the fabric of the season….velvet! The first one is in a beautiful burgundy color and has some sheer detailing on the front and back, making it sexy, but not too revealing. The bottom is asymmetrical and the ruching in the front is very flattering. I’m loving this option and the small fit like a glove.

Burgundy Velvet Sheath Dress – $63.60


The green floral velvet is a faux wrap style with a plunging neckline. I’m not sure I can/should pull this one off, but it sure is pretty, and very different, which I love!

Green Velvet Floral Twist Sheath – $68.98


These next two numbers are RED hot and I’m sure you can see why! The first one reminds me of the dress Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman, but shorter. I’m no “Pretty Woman” though, so not sure I have what it takes to pull it off. But, it sure does make me feel like a million bucks! The tie top keeps the strapless neckline from being too revealing and the knee-length is flattering and sophisticated. For size reference, I’m wearing a small, so again, true to size.

Knotted Strapless Red Mini Dress – $98

This rose and black brocade dress has to be my favorite so far! The thick fabric is super flattering and I love the gathered sheer fabric above the sweetheart neckline. The bodice is almost like a boustier, which is so sexy, but then the pleats and full skirt keep it playful.  The best part though? It has pockets! I’m wearing a 4P so I’m thinking it runs a little small since I would normally wear a size 2.  This is definitely a dress to get noticed in, and while that’s not usually my M.O., it’s a definite contender!

Fit and Flare Brocade Dress – $94.80


And last, but not least, is this fun and flirty sequined t-shirt dress in a beautiful blush color. I love how comfy and festive it is and I think it would work for so many occasions! I’m wearing an XS but would feel a little less self conscious in a small. It’s junior sizing, so you know how that goes! You absolutely cannot beat this price, so even if you don’t have an occasion coming up, this may be a smart buy for future events!

Blush Sequined T-Shirt Dress – $38.98


Whew! So many options that I’m not sure which to pick for the gala we’re attending in February. But let’s be honest…..the fact that 6 of the 10 I ordered are REAL contenders is amazing! That’s how great the selection at Nordstrom is and their size suggestions and the customer reviews are SO helpful! Thanks for stopping in and checking out my options. Let me know which is your favorite by voting here:

Happy hunting, y’all!


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