Dress Alternatives?

So, did ya see this dress on dance.net?

Saw tons of these in the pics from AIs…seeing them everywhere now. Guess they are the new thing, eh?

As usual folks are bitching about the cost…so I have found some alternative sources…ID has turned into a long array of beauty pageants, so…for about $200 and all you have to do is add sleeves…

Hey this one already has sleeves!!

Or, for a little more flavor, let’s go over to the square dance shop!

And for the adult dancers…

We also have the pageant dresses with a more ballet flair for those who want to retain an air of class…here’s the long skirt…

My favorites are the short ones…why not? We look at their bloomers now anyway!

Hey, how about just add a jacket top to this?

One personal favorite…

Or, they can just add sleeves and lop these off to the correct bum-baring length…

But this is my ALL-TIME favorite! We can start a new width trend! Although, this is really expensive again, but we KNOW the world qualifiers are not satisfied until it costs more than a car!

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. krew08
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 13:46:58

    I am all for dresses evolving, but COME ON! can we PLEASE at least pretend that these dresses have some connection to Irish looking dresses? These layered skirts with no embroidery look out of place, like someone forgot their solo costume and ran to the department store.

    And yes, I’m very opinionated about this!

  2. carrie13
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 14:47:56

    I think it’s all about one thing (for certain types…) — having the most cutting edge dress available. If Suzie has the same kind of dress you have, then it’s really getting old, absolutely rotten, and pretty much no good at all. Pookie needs to have something different, so that everyone will be amazed. So they keep evolving, and we end up with this.

  3. maryhorton60
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 22:04:05

    gosh Ann I never thought I’d laugh tonight… I keep waiting for someone to come on stage in a tutu. I’m begining to think its getting there. I went to a local feis on Sunday and saw the puff ball for the first time. Oh my goodness it was horrible. Well I didn’t like it, but a lot did. I’m starting to think the Big Names are really going over board.
    Mary H.

  4. mollyob4
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 01:17:48

    These photos are tooooo funny. I laughed and laughed and laughed. I have always thought most ID dresses were way over the top from a design standpoint. Too much going on, distracts from the dancer and actually fights the flow of the beautiful steps.
    I’ve been applauding all of you trying something softer and more flowing ,but keeping the knotwork flavor in the embroidery. Good work!
    I still can’t figure out how adjudicators can judge dresses not good enough with a straight face. Are the boys ever judged so harshly on their apparel? I loved a male adjudicator’s comment once that he would like it if each dancer wore a plain garment with a bag over the head so he couldn’t even see a face. Then he would be judging only the dancing!

  5. trefemb
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 13:40:44

    Ann, congratulations. Most of us agree that the dress ‘race’ is a joke, but the subject never brought tears to my eyes before. I want the one with the roses round the neck.
    I am pleased to say that our TC is young AND aware that moms don’t have a bottomless purse. They are out there, you just have to be lucky.

  6. beej180e
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 14:25:24

    I actually like the little blue sleeveless number with the silver embroidery better than the ID dress from dance.net. I really like the shape of the neckline. I think some sleeves and a couple of petals/panels over top and you’d have a respectable solo dress.

  7. Ali
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 18:46:23

    Ann, we have had this discussion before. Don’t go on dance.net. It just drives you crazy. It drives all of us crazy.

  8. taoknitter
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 07:31:46

    Yes, Ali…you are right. I am going to go cold turkey on this trip…starting today!

  9. haranmom
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 12:02:46

    I needed a good laugh today. I can just imagine what could be done, but I won’t.

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