I am looking for a new summer dress because Nigel destroyed my old one. As with most of my shopping, I have the Platonic ideal of the intended garment in mind, and browsing is just a matter of matching the ideal with a pre-existing garment at one of roughly five stores that sells such garments for under $50. In this case, the Platonic idea of the summer dress happens to be exactly the same dress that Nigel destroyed, except unfortunately that dress was acquired from H&M three years ago, and as any regular H&M shopper knows, every decent thing they stock disappears in two weeks, and every hideous monstrosity will stay on the rack for years to come, so the chances that it still exists anywhere on the planet are approximately nil.
I've looked for shirt dresses everywhere (even outside my five affordable stores!), and I've only found three suitable candidates. Unfortunately, two of them are from Delia's and Alloy, where I have not shopped since I was, like, 12. Actually, I did not shop there when I was 12 because I had no money and thought denim overalls were the very height of coutoure when I was 12. But if I had had any money and any fashion sense, I would've shopped there. And yes, both the models for these dresses appear also to be about 12. Now, some might conclude that I should not purchase these dresses because I am not 12, and they are clearly intended to be worn by 12-year-olds. This is a fair point. But, length-wise, I am short enough that I probably share the height proportions of an average 12-year-old (but not small enough to fit into Gap Kids). So the real question is, should I buy one of these dresses (and immediately cut off the label), or should I give up the ghost and buy this clearly adult thing for $20 more?
A related dilemma is, which of these would go best with these sandals?