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My 8th grade students are graduating from their K-8 school in a few weeks and as their teacher and 8th grade advisor, I'll be on stage with them and giving a speech and all that. And I have nothing to wear. I can't find anything online that jumps out at me. My kids will practically be in formal wear and the principal is always super classy, and I don't want to look dumpy!<br><br>
The perfect dress would have the following characteristics:<br>
Mostly natural fibers<br>
Short-sleeved (my hairy armpits gross the kids out and it is *their* day, so I'll keep them under wraps!)<br>
Modest neckline<br>
Knee-length, and preferably a skirt that's a bit swingy<br>
A waist--as opposed to a tunic-y or tent-y thing<br>
Look cute with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDansko-Womens-Diana-Mary-Jane%2Fdp%2FB001EJNBXY" target="_blank">these</a> shoes (in black)<br>
Under $50<br>
I'm about a 14/16, tall, wider on the bottom than the top.<br><br>
The only thing I own that I would consider is <a href="http://www.builtbywendy.com/onlineshop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16905&category_id=296" target="_blank">this dress</a>, which I made in teal linen knee-length with 3/4 sleeves and no pockets. But I wear that all the time and I don't think it's special enough for the kids' event.<br><br>
Hm... That's a pretty specific list of criteria. This may be too much to ask! Who's up for a challenge? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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OK, just above 50 bucks, but beautiful:<br><br><a href="http://www.territoryahead.com/jump.jsp?itemID=8335&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C180%2C183&iProductID=8335&sortBy=Sort%20by&page=1&onePage=" target="_blank">Silk Dress</a>
 

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You totally dress like me!! I love swingy skirts; those shoes are the kind of thing I wear, and I look best in black. I love to shop at Dress Barn.<br><br>
Here is their store locator:<br><br><a href="http://www.dressbarn.com/flashHome.jsp?page=storelocator" target="_blank">http://www.dressbarn.com/flashHome.j...e=storelocator</a><br><br>
(They have five stores in Maine)
 

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And I was looking around at the previous poster's link and found this:<br><br><a href="http://www.territoryahead.com/jump.jsp?itemID=7332&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C180&iProductID=7332&sortBy=Sort%20by&page=1&onePage=1" target="_blank">http://www.territoryahead.com/jump.j...ge=1&onePage=1</a><br><br>
It's not natural fibers, but it's gorgeous!<br><br>
Not sure how it would look with those shoes you linked, though.
 

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what about just adding a light short sleeves jacket to your regular/favorite dress ?<br><br>
I've got a linen neutral shade no-inside-lining 3/4 lenght sleeves jacket that "dresses up" my regular outfit when I need that "finished look"
 
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