I have just discovered that my little sister's engagement party is to be a formal event. As in, cocktail dress formal event.
For most women, this is probably not panic inducing. (Okay, maybe a little panic-inducing.)
I don't own a cocktail dress.
I have several skirts, not all of which fit me and most of which fall into the 'casual' line. Ditto with tops. Some are "go out with friends to a restaurant" ready but not anything which reads as formal.
My life is fairly casual and with most of our non-mortgage-and-food money going to help the boys, buying clothes hasn't really been a priority of late (say, the last six years). I had thought I might spring to buy some nice shoes so that I didn't have to wear my sneakers but I was not expecting to have to buy a dress for the engagement party. (Wedding, yes. But I'm pretty sure I can't wear the same one to both ... it's in the Girl Code.)
Now I have just over 2 weeks to make this work.
I'm leaning towards buying a really nice formal top, something I can wear with dress pants (which I do own). It might not be formal but it will be comfortable and shouldn't break the budget. I can wear it to the holiday events coming up in December. And I'll probably still get shoes. According to What Not To Wear, my wearing of white sneakers to non-working out events is a fashion high crime. As is most of the rest of my wardrobe, but until someone offers me a $5000 shopping spree, it's going to have to be baby steps.