"But I've Nothing To Wear"

@p1kef1sh (45640)
January 5, 2011 10:55am CST
Imagine that you have been invited to THE society wedding of the year. Or perhaps a baptism or very swish birthday party. But you have no money to buy new clothes. What would your dressing solution be. The invitation stipulates Tuxedos for the men and gowns short or long for the ladies.
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@dorypanda (1584)
5 Jan 11
I'd rummage in my wardrobe for something that'd do, if they didn't like it, then I'd ring friends and we go and have an even better time elsewhere. Unless it was a good friends celebration, then well, actually then they'd accept me no matter what I was wearing. Maybe I just don't DO polite society. ;)
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
You are very polite Dory niece. I am sure that whatever you wore you'd strike the right note.
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@dorypanda (1584)
5 Jan 11
Thank you. :) Well, I have got a 'little black dress'.........which I could paint piano keys on. ;) *swims away, before I get told off for being cheeky* :)
• Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Jan 11
Body paint..................
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
I have a paint brush.....
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Jan 11
I have the paint. Let the artistry begin! lol By the way the paint is edible, wink, wink, nudge, nudge......
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
Yum. P1ke licks his lips......
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
5 Jan 11
I can manage better than my male friends. A gown can be made from nearly anything--remember Scarlett O'Hara and her gown made of curtains?! A bit of material, some lace, glue on some rhinestones from old jewelry...I can make an old dress longer or dress up a shorter one. Realistically, I would not go to such a thing. But also realistically, I would go to a thrift store and buy something for under $5 that I could dress up. I always have at least $5 in in my household emergency jar but usually much more. Just in case. One never knows what will come up. That is certainly a fun challenge! I've known of people that have that situation and they charge a dress on a credit card, wear it, then return it the next day.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
I just knew that you would come up with something imaginative. You never know what might come up and when! I've heard that CC trick. I suspect that the stores have too! LOL.
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@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
6 Jan 11
Dragon, you thought of the same piece of literature that I did. In my mind they were green velvet drapes, is it just my imagination?
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Gerty, great minds think alike! And do you remember the skit that was done on the Carol Burnett show about that scene? Hilarious!! Yes, they were green drapes with gold trim and she looked lovely. Mammy had some mad sewing skills, didn't she? Scarlett would have been totally lost without her at every turn!
@GreenMoo (11842)
5 Jan 11
It warms my little heart to realise that my little problems are an inspiration to someone, somewhere!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
They are and thank you for the inspiration. I grovel before you if you were going to post a discussion asking for help.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I wouldn't go, but I'm not big into these "swishy" parties either. And I'm REALLY not into dresses!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Jan 11
Not even for me?.... LOL.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I'm a jeans gal, if I can't wear pants, I'm probably taking a pass.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Jan 11
Denim maxi skirt? LOL.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Jan 11
I have a perfectly good 2 year old dress that I can wear
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
Were you a Girl Scout Dawn? Be Prepared!
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Jan 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSwjuz_-yao
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZUJLO6lMhI
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
5 Jan 11
Hello, Pikey. I'd invite all my friends around for a dress swap - obviously the ones that weren't invited to the party - then I'd offer a BOGOF deal - two of mine for one of theirs, as long as it was 'occasion' wear. My husband would be fixed - he has a dinner suit that's only seen the light of day twice, and the dress shirt to go with it. Don't you just love George at Asda?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 11
Do you have ASDA over there Sandra? But I've been there (or Florence and Fred at Tesco) and done that!
• Spain
5 Jan 11
Pikey - no ASDA here, although we do have Primark. It's not so good as the UK version though - the stores are smaller. I love Florence & Fred as well. One £2 top is now into its 4th season, and still pulling compliments every time I wear it. Alice, lovely to see you. Of course you can come to the party. I have Russian Standard vodka - simply the best.
• Spain
5 Jan 11
Definitely not, and it's Florence and Fred - ladies always come first - if we're lucky, that is.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
8 Jan 11
I wouldn't be able to go and so I would decline the invitation.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Jan 11
But it's at your house!
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
8 Jan 11
No it's not! I still won't go...I'll hide in the cupboard. You can't make me go.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
9 Jan 11
I did just buy a new pair, but they are hardly "dress" shoes, with my foot problems, dress shoes are outta the question!
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
13 Jan 11
Simple!! I have no money to buy new clothes and nothing that I can wear...I would decline the invitation and NOT go! :P
@SViswan (12072)
• India
14 Jan 11
hmmm....I did't consider that...would that be accepted? I thought there was a dress code that I had to adhere to :P
• India
10 Jan 11
Hello my friend p1kef1sh Ji, As the dress code has been mentioned in particular, I will send and regret for not attending much in advance mentioning correct reason without any hitch, so taht isf they are really interested they may wave off such binding on me and may allow me to attend as I wish. This way real testing would be done. Thanks. May God bless You and have a great time.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Jan 11
That's fine I think. Thank you.
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• India
10 Jan 11
Hello my friend p1kef1sh Ji, So nice of you positive comments Happy new Year-2011. Thanks. May God bless You and have a great time.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
6 Jan 11
Hi P1key! Well certainly my fish friend could "rent" a tuxedo? Or I know that here in the "States" the cost a "fortune" just to do that, but out of necessity the difference palors! When one doesn't have many uses for a "tux" that is what "one" does here! I don't know the prices over the pond for rentals vs bought tuxes so you will have to make that choice. But, what is a "short" gown"?A gown in the US is a "dress to the floor".I am guessing that they mean a short dress "cocktail dress" is acceptable for the ladies. You Brits sure make things even more complicated!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
You can't rent Opal. No money. I used the term gown because I thought it was more transatlantic. Here a gown is another term for a dress; short or long. When I come to New York I shall bring my tux from here. I shall need to look my best when I take you to dinner!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
6 Jan 11
Oh how wonderful that would be! Just give me some advance notice so I can get a "gown"! Would really love it if you would get to NY...
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
22 Jan 11
I would either wear something I already owned that fit the description or remake something I owned so it did fit the description. I am quite good at these things, I learned to get by with a small clothing budget, even though I quite love clothes, when I was a student.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Jan 11
That's very inventive. I look at all the clothes that my daughter owns and sometimes wonder why she doesn't alter them instead of saying that she has nothing to wear!
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
If this happens (it did several times), I usually dig for my old gown or dress. Before the occasion, I make it sure that I make some alterations to the dress to make it look contemporary and try to accessorized it fitted to the occasion. This did the job for me and sure to gives guests strong competition in dressing up!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 Jan 11
You sound very resourceful. Thank you.
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 11
I would look through my Wardrobe and if nothing in there and there will not be as I do not wear Dresses lol I would see if I could borrow something of a Friend xx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Jan 11
That's what I like to hear Gabs. Positive action. XX
@freymind (1352)
• Philippines
6 Jan 11
ransack your parents closet. or your family's for that matter. though i haven't been invited from a very splendid party that needs to be in a gown or tux, i had a part in a school program wherein i look like a chinese bride. i asked my aunt where i could find a gown like that, and she smiled at me and said we have one in the old closet in our family house. i was so happy that it fit me. though it smelled old and ancient, i didn't mind washing it and i looked like i was getting married that time. ask and you shall be answered.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Jan 11
Good points and very true. Thank you.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
6 Jan 11
In that case I would wear best possible dress which I have. I think I would look different from others.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
Why?
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
6 Jan 11
This has been my mother's battle cry every time we get invited to a formal event. Not that she really doesn't have anything to wear; but rather she is playing the typical female role in the era where she grew up in. I recall having to buy her a formal top for my cousin's wedding, it was d**n expensive but since I know that I will never hear the end of "I have nothing to wear", I bought the top for her. This, she wore just once. A few months after, I sorted clothes to give out during one of the devastating storms that affected so many in my country. My mother did the same and lo and behold. Amidst tons and tons of clothes is a very beautiful maroon gown that she brought home from the US. It was such a waste of money. I always keep a formal dress or two for occasions like these. So you will never hear me say "I have nothing to wear."
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
You are clearly better organised than your mother! You never know when you might need a formal dress.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I would not let allow anyone or any situaation to dictate my clothing of choice. I would not care that much what other people thought. I would wear what i had and be proud in doing so. New and expensive clothing would not change the person i am.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
It's not about changing but responding to a situation.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
6 Jan 11
well i would try and borrow the clothes from a friend if his and mine size were the same and if not then i would send a note with an apology to the party who has invited me saying that some other pressing engagement will prevent me from attending their do but i will not reveal that i do not have the right attire for that occaission.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
I am sure that you would find something.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
6 Jan 11
i always have friends who are of my dress size!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Jan 11
Women are more fortunate than men in that respect. They are much more likely to have friend who can help them out than men.