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View Poll Results: How many dresses for Formal/Semi/Palos
1 dresses for all 3 4 2.80%
2 dresses 18 12.59%
3 dresses 25 17.48%
Let your wife decide. You are crazy for having an opinion! 96 67.13%
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:55 PM   #31
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Thanks for the links. I do not like dresses and am very frugal, so I have a feeling this shopping trip won't be enjoyable.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:56 PM   #32
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I say 3 We girls like to bring lots of clothes!
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:28 PM   #33
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Thanks for the links. I do not like dresses and am very frugal, so I have a feeling this shopping trip won't be enjoyable.
Do you have a Ross or Marshals where you live? I usually find nice things at a decent price there. And I shop the clearance racks at the department stores.
And of course you don't need a dress. If you would like to dress up, do you have a pair of black pants? You could do one pair of black pants and a different shirt for each night. No need to be completely out of your element!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #34
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Just got a great cruise cocktail dress for myself at Ross for $15! Love them!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #35
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Just got a great cruise cocktail dress for myself at Ross for $15! Love them!
I love Ross! Sometimes we find gorgeous things, but lately it has been slim pickens

To answer the question of the dresses, I think it all depends on what you have planned. If you extra restaurant is Palo, I would have atleast 3. ONe for Palo, one for Formal, one for semi-formal. We have Palo brunch and dinner and Remy, so I have a total of 6 dresses,one extra just in case
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:19 PM   #36
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Let her pack as many as she wants. After almost 20 years, my husband has learned not to complain. I like to take lots of pictures when on vacation, and I like everyone to be in different outfits in the pictures.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #37
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Do you have a Ross or Marshals where you live? I usually find nice things at a decent price there. And I shop the clearance racks at the department stores.
And of course you don't need a dress. If you would like to dress up, do you have a pair of black pants? You could do one pair of black pants and a different shirt for each night. No need to be completely out of your element!
Yes, they just opened a Marshall's last week! I haven't been there yet though. I'm glad to hear dress pants would be ok. I have some nice dress pants and nice dressy short sleeve sweaters I wear to work when the corporate bosses come to visit. Awesome!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:24 PM   #38
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Agreeing with PPs. On our 8 night I took more than 8 dresses. However they were all similar colors schemes so I was able to take one pair of shoes that matched them all. As others have mentioned the shoes are what take up the room and weight. Could I have gotten away with less? Yes. Did I want to? No. The cruise is special and something I look forward to when I am stressed or covered in DDs lunch. The cruise is really my one time that I can style my hair and take a long time getting ready since everyone is entertained and I am not in charge of cooking and cleaning. I also like to have different looks in all my pictures that I share with family and friends. For me it makes it more special (please note I said "for me" so don't blast me).
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #39
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I'm hesistant to suggest this because many have an "eww" factor, but I've been *shocked* by some of the stuff (brand new with tags - even in my unusual size) at Goodwill/Salvation Army.

I started going because my kids like to Cosplay and I wasn't going to special order or even special buy stuff for the massive amounts of costumes they dress in (they're tweens/teens - not little kids) and go to meetups, etc.

I had an aversion to buying clothes that someone else wore (slight OCD in our house), until I started finding some amazing things with the original tags on them. I know for a fact that they get Ross overstock because they had 15 identical dresses all with the original Ross tags still on them.

The trick is to go multiple times (and go to multiple stores if you can). They get new stock every single day and there are literally "bargain hunters" as well as people from those trendy "vintage shops" there Every Single Day.

I went to Nordstrom Rack, I went to Macy's, I went to Ross, Kohl's, looked on Amazon and could never find anything I liked that actually looked good ON me. At the Salvation Army, I found a $300 bridesmaids dress (missing the sash - which I replaced for $2.50 at the fabric store) with its original tag for $13. And it fit like it was made for me. :D
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:26 PM   #40
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I took 2. I wore the same dress to Palo brunch and semi formal night.
I wore one dress for formal night. I also had a skirt for pirate night.
I don't love dresses so I wore pants to dinner most nights.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #41
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Yes, they just opened a Marshall's last week! I haven't been there yet though. I'm glad to hear dress pants would be ok. I have some nice dress pants and nice dressy short sleeve sweaters I wear to work when the corporate bosses come to visit. Awesome!
Oh, yeah dress pants are fine! I'm bringing dress pants for semi-formal night and maybe for Palo diner. (Packing now, just a day and a half left!)
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I think that she can get away with bringing two dresses - One for semiformal night and then a nicer one for both formal and Palo's night. She insists on 3.

What do you think?
This is like asking a girl how many pairs of shoes they should bring. :D

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:50 PM   #43
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I love everyone of those dresses you picked to wear!!
Thanks so much! I just love dressing up.
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I'm hesistant to suggest this because many have an "eww" factor, but I've been *shocked* by some of the stuff (brand new with tags - even in my unusual size) at Goodwill/Salvation Army.

I started going because my kids like to Cosplay and I wasn't going to special order or even special buy stuff for the massive amounts of costumes they dress in (they're tweens/teens - not little kids) and go to meetups, etc.

I had an aversion to buying clothes that someone else wore (slight OCD in our house), until I started finding some amazing things with the original tags on them. I know for a fact that they get Ross overstock because they had 15 identical dresses all with the original Ross tags still on them.

The trick is to go multiple times (and go to multiple stores if you can). They get new stock every single day and there are literally "bargain hunters" as well as people from those trendy "vintage shops" there Every Single Day.

I went to Nordstrom Rack, I went to Macy's, I went to Ross, Kohl's, looked on Amazon and could never find anything I liked that actually looked good ON me. At the Salvation Army, I found a $300 bridesmaids dress (missing the sash - which I replaced for $2.50 at the fabric store) with its original tag for $13. And it fit like it was made for me. :D
The first dress I bought for my upcoming cruise was a $2 Goodwill find. Since that time, my preteen daughter has grown 6 inches and has claimed rights to the dress for semi-formal night. That's okay, though, for semi-formal, I have a $7 black cocktail dress from ebay. Both are machine washable and look brand new.

I'm taking 3 dresses total....a simple long navy blue gown for formal night, the black cocktail dress, and a nice sundress with a black cardigan for Palo dinner and Remy brunch. Silver heels match all 3. I rarely get to dress up, and I'm very excited to do so. For the other 4 nights, I am bringing a simple knee length knit skirt and a pair of black capris, and a couple of blouses and cardigans that I can mix and match. The capris will be part of my pirate costume as well.

OP, let your wife bring what she wants. I'm telling my DH what to bring, but only because he has asked me to. He admits to having a total lack of fashion sense.
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Thanks for the links. I do not like dresses and am very frugal, so I have a feeling this shopping trip won't be enjoyable.
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I'm hesistant to suggest this because many have an "eww" factor, but I've been *shocked* by some of the stuff (brand new with tags - even in my unusual size) at Goodwill/Salvation Army.

I started going because my kids like to Cosplay and I wasn't going to special order or even special buy stuff for the massive amounts of costumes they dress in (they're tweens/teens - not little kids) and go to meetups, etc.

I had an aversion to buying clothes that someone else wore (slight OCD in our house), until I started finding some amazing things with the original tags on them. I know for a fact that they get Ross overstock because they had 15 identical dresses all with the original Ross tags still on them.

The trick is to go multiple times (and go to multiple stores if you can). They get new stock every single day and there are literally "bargain hunters" as well as people from those trendy "vintage shops" there Every Single Day.

I went to Nordstrom Rack, I went to Macy's, I went to Ross, Kohl's, looked on Amazon and could never find anything I liked that actually looked good ON me. At the Salvation Army, I found a $300 bridesmaids dress (missing the sash - which I replaced for $2.50 at the fabric store) with its original tag for $13. And it fit like it was made for me. :D
You won't get an "eww" from me. You can often find some great dresses at second hand stores or consignment shops. You can also find great deals at bridal shops for old bridesmaid's and mother of the bride dresses. I normally don't buy a dress unless it is on sale or I have a coupon. You can often find some really good deals at places like Macy's or Carson's. You just have to watch.
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