Nordstrom.com to the rescue. In June, Mark's mom let me know she bought a dress. I did the Totally Normal thing and Freaked Out. I blame bar review. I then ordered...oh, 7 dresses from Nordstrom.com for my mother. First was a batch of 4 incredibly ugly dresses that I'm surprised my mother was still speaking to me after they showed up on her doorstep. The second were these two:
The first one looked great. The second one is not for short women, even though it came in petite sizing. It was gorgeous though, so if you are tall and skinny, you should totally get it.
Nordstrom.com has a great return policy, so we are keeping the eggplant one for now but I'm keeping an eye out for anything in a similar style, but slightly redder/cranberryier color and perhaps a shinier fabric (this one is actually a heavier knit, which is nice in a lot of ways.)
The more important question: shoes? What color goes with purple? I'm thinking maybe a pale gold/champagne color? She has a silver pair that could work, but would be a bit "meh". She doesn't do heels. She might do a slight (1inch) wedge. Help please!