Bit of a rant... I have a bunch of meetings with various state agencies coming up, and a business conference in England to go to that will involve a nice dinner. So I was looking over my closet and I could really use another dress. Something plain, black or navy blue that I can coordinate with shawls or jackets. Definitely something modest, skirt below the knees, long sleeves so I can wear it year round. Nothing tight fitting or provacative. Last weekend I went through the entire mall. Every single clothing store. I found nothing fitting the above requirements. Not one single dress that wasn't cut way too short, showing cleavage, sleeveless, tight fitting, or flashy. Unbelievable. I found plenty of suits, but I was looking for a dress so that I could jazz it up easily for going out (just in case hubby gets nuts and takes me on a date or something). So I left the mall and went by JoAnne's fabrics for a pattern and some nice navy blue fabric. I should have just gone there in the first place. Buying a dress just seemed convenient, but ended up being a lesson in frustration. What do business women wear? Where do they find their clothes? I realize I'm a rural hick and all, but I don't think I'm THAT stodgy. Most of the dresses and skirts I saw I wouldn't even consider wearing to the office for work. I'm all for expressing yourself, but there is a time and place for very conservative clothing. Am I really that out of touch?