Post # 1
Well, I’m not a shopper, hate the mall, stores and crowds. I’m prior military and it probably has something to do with residual PTSD, but anyhow, I’m getting off subject.
This will be my first deployment on the other side of the welcome home parade and I need some suggestions for what to wear. In my dreams, I wish someone would just say, “here it all is, pay for it”, but I understand I have to bite the bullet and shop, so I will do online shopping 🙂 Any ideas where I should start? I’m a size 8, had a baby two months ago, so not everything is as toned as it should be (I’m working on it).
I want something sort of sexy, but not slutty, but comfortable because it may be a long wait. I don’t think heels would be a good bet with the baby and all. Definitely no jeans or pastels. Lol.
I just don’t know. Maybe there’s a site where outfits are already grouped? I’m coming from nine years of wearing a uniform, so if I had to pick something out of my closet it would be jeans and a t shirt. I want something nicer. Any suggestions/ideas are appreciated. TIA Bees.
p.s. I will be here often, love the boards, and FH, not FI yet, because I need the ring is Military 🙂
Post # 3
What about a little sundress, like this:
You could add a cardigan and some flats or sandals.
Post # 4
Beautiful! and I love the teal color. Lol, feeling even dumber now, but flats as in closed shoes? like ballet type shoes. I’m shoe shopping now and I like the idea of a cardigan. Makes it look dressier.
Thanks so much.
Post # 5
A wrap dress is very flattering if you’re at all busty. It covers a lot, but shows a little cleavage–detraching attention from the less toned areas.
AND you don’t need matchng pants!
Post # 6
Whatever you decide to wear, make sure it is appropriate to where you will be waiting! As former military you are probably used to being in uniform while on the pier/tarmac/whatever. As a civilan now you need to take into account the fact that on a pier it will be about 10 degrees cooler and MUCH more windy than away from the water. Also, if your husband is Navy and you are meeting him at the ship, be sure to wear shoes that are appropriate for going on the ship if necessary–strappy sandals (even flats!) are not a good idea no matter how comfortable they are.
On the flightline or by a hangar you have to worry about the radiant heat that can cause sun burn ridiculously easily. You might also encounter somewhat significant winds standing in the open like that. Sunscreen and a cute sun hat might help ameliorate those problems.
If you are meeting him in an airport, gymnasium, or other conditioned building, take into account the fact that it might get chilly waiting in the AC if you are in a sundress. A cute cardigan can go a long way to accessorizing and making you comfortable.
Above all though, make sure that your clothes are as “wardrobe malfunction” proof as possible. E.g. on a pier/windy flight line make sure that the dress or skirt is heavy enough matieral not to fly up at the first gust. Also, make sure that your neckline isn’t too daring so that the teenage boys waiting in the bleachers behind you aren’t staring down your chest while you wait! Even if it is prefectly acceptable from the front, check all angles, including top and bottom!!
Post # 7
Thanks for the information, I will keep your guidelines in mind when selecting an outfit. My FH is Army and the reception will be held in the post gymnasium. Unfortunately, I now have more time to find the right one. His homecoming got pushed back at least another month 🙁
Post # 8
Try going to oldnavy.com. Part of their site shows outfits already put together.
Like you, I hate shopping and NEVER go to the mall. If I do have to go to the physical store, I typically go to Old Navy or Ross.
And congrats on the homecoming. How exciting!!! He’s going to think you look gorgeous no matter what you are wearing 🙂
Post # 9
@Penguingal06:LOL love all the extra info!
@ms.charming:Moved again? Sigh. Never trust a return date till he’s there. Sucks!
I hope he comes home soon.
Post # 10
@ms.charming: You’re welcome! And yes, by flats I mean little flat shoes, like ballet slippers. They’ll be comfortable since you’ll have to wait around, and have a baby. I love cardigans too. Shouldn’t be too hard to find a lightweight one to go with a little dress.
Good luck and keep us posted!
Post # 11
I would try Ann Taylor Loft or New York and Company … The sales associates are more than willing to help you find the perfect outfit and they are always having big sales.
Hope he comes home safe and sound ASAP!