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Personal Shopper: Dresses for Sophia's grad school piano auditions

Sophia V. wrote, "Hi Outblush, I adore your blog! And I have a shopping conundrum that has been plaguing me for weeks! Pick me pick me! Here's the scoop... I'm a musician auditioning for graduate programs this month through March. And I've been so hard-pressed to find the perfect outfit for them. Auditions are fairly fancy, but definitely not long evening wear. Recently, I've been into loose-fitting short dresses. Though they can't be super short mini-dresses because I'm a pianist, and I have to sit down to play. So I don't want a dress hiking up to my waist when I sit down! But I also like more form-fitting dresses (they just can't be too tight). And I'd really like to find a dress that has an interesting pattern color or unique cut. I want to stand out from everyone else auditioning that inevitably wears black, black, and more black with black shoes. Boring! I also like longer sleeves because I often get cold when I play! I'm 5'10'', 125 pounds. Size small usually fits me because I'm thin, but I'll often size up because I'm so tall or if I want a looser fit. I've linked two dresses that I really like. The first is a little out of my price range and doesn't look like it would be fancy enough, and the second looks like it would be too short and too tight. But I love the idea of both. I'm hoping to pay less than $100 if possible. Thank you so much!"

1. Original #1: Rare Embellished Tunic ($84)
2. Original #2: Plenty by Tracy Reese Counting Angles Dress ($168)
3. New York & Company Red Label Embellished Tunic Dress ($75 on sale, 3 colors)
4. Giovanna Puff-Sleeve Dress ($45, 2 colors)
5. French Connection Fireburst Dress ($100 on sale)
6. Warehouse Lace Insert Shift Dress ($95)
7. French Connection Rockafella Dress ($80 on sale)
8. Soo Lee Black Cat Dress ($60 on sale)
9. ASOS Tailored Long Sleeve Drape Front Shift Dress ($69 on sale, 3 colors)
10. Vasia by Ulla Johnson Silky Lace Inset Dress ($88)
11. Forever21 Sheer Chiffon Dress w/ Belt ($15 on sale)
12. (Not Shown) TopShop Apricot Double Ruffle Tunic ($100)

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Comments


Emm

Posted on 01.28.11 at 12:22 PM

Good luck, Sophia! Kick butt, musically speaking!

Sophia

Posted on 01.28.11 at 7:50 PM

Wow thanks outblush! These dresses are great! I have to choose?

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