The One Where My Mom Wears a Dress

Although my mom is unquestionably beautiful, has flawless skin and a rockin body, she’ll be the first to call herself a tomboy.

She grew up with three brothers, races motocross with my brothers, got her black belt a year or two after I did (at age 35), is an excellent shot with a handgun, prefers a stick shift and regularly hounds me to go skydiving with her. Case in point, she’s awesome. She also raised three children, did all of the above, and went back to school to graduate with a business degree all at the same time. She’s my role model in all that I do. She does not, however, wear many dresses! She jokes that the only real dresses she’s ever worn were for prom and on her wedding day, and my grandma jokes she would’ve shown up in slacks to those too if she could’ve!

I think she’s plain silly, because as you can tell, she sure did enjoy trying on these!

My mom was 21 when she had me, her first child, so she’ll only be a youthful 43 at the wedding. She was quick to demand that she not be put in any old “grandma dress.” You know the type!

Cameron Blake by Mon Cheri

So off we went to the mall. The funny thing is, my mom was cursed almost immediately by the wedding faux-paux of white dresses. Pretty much everything she liked was some variation of white or cream! I kept my cool, obviously, and it became more of a joke than anything else. Besides, she insisted that people still dye clothing these days, which remains unconfirmed.

One such example was this, which we found at a BCBG Max Azria. I really did like everything about it except that it was stark white! We almost bought it, too, “to dye it,” until the store refused to honor a sale price, and then we left on principal.


That was the only contender from our first trip, but a second trip to Macy’s at Northpark bore more fruit.


Check out that sassy hip! This one remains my favorite.


We liked everything about this one but the shoulders. Isn’t that a bummer when one detail ruins the whole dress?


The attitude returns, and I loved this Calvin Klein dress! Mama Manatee didn’t think it was formal enough, but it sure was slimming.


Pictures definitely don’t do this one justice. It was a very pretty light silver, not cream like in the picture. It also had sequins all over that picked up the light in a gorgeous way.

We ended up putting the silver dress and darker blue dress on hold, hopefully to return with MIL Manatee to see if we they find anything they both like!

I bet none of you believe that Mama Manatee doesn’t like dresses either, the way she was sassing it up in her pictures! We had so much fun we forgot to get to the main mall to make a return before it closed!

Did you make a day out of “finding the dress” for your mom, too?


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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  1. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:37 pm

    The last one looks great, and I actually like it in the cream shade it appears in the picture.

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    potion 223 posts, Helper bee @ 5:05 pm

    Can your mom and I be friends?
    I have a young momma too, and was also adamant that she not end up in the typical mother-of-the-bride get-up, so we put her in a hot little red number. (And by hot I mean figure flattering and by little I mean just-below-knee-length because hi, she’s still a *mom*.)

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    togetherthroughlife 1107 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:00 pm

    My mom and I went shopping for an evening to find her dress. We found hers at the mall – JC Penney was having an awesome sale and she loves her dress. Looks great on her! My mom was 21 when she had me, as well, so she will be 40 at the wedding. Ha! So no grandma dress for her, either. 😉

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    Ms Kit, Guest @ 9:43 pm

    Whoa, that keyhole dress is something else. I want me one of those.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:05 pm

    I think your mom and my mom might be the same person, because she didn’t want to wear a dress either! Your mom is so pretty, and I love that teal color on her!

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    Kate Whyte, Guest @ 4:15 pm

    Wait… I do believe that your Mom wore a dress at my wedding and I know for a fact that she looked fantastic in it! There is no question that the figure is there to support it. You look great Karen, loved the silver one and the first dark blue one. But the silver one just made you shine, like the proud Mama that you will be on your daughters wedding day.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 12:35 pm

    Miss manatee where are you?????

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    bridesmomma 478 posts, Helper bee @ 6:27 pm

    @lealorali: +100

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