I’m sure everyone goes through this…that moment you see something amazing on someone else and you want to wear it too. The only thing is that it’s not “you” or “your style.” Thoughts start running through your head, “Will this look just as cute on me,” “That’s not usually my style, will I be able to pull it off,” “That’s too much print, too much color,” “But gosh, I really want it,” “Maybe I can buy it and try it on,” “I can always return it if it doesn’t look good.”
A general rule for my purchases (which isn’t rocket science) is that if you can’t stop thinking about it, then just go for it. Typically these are the things I take into consideration when purchasing an item:
1. Can I wear it now and later – pieces that can be worn year round deserve a little more leeway. Also, NEVER buy an item saying you will buy it now and lose weight to fit into it. Rarely does this happen, in fact, if you want to set that type of goal for yourself, save for shoes or a bag to help you reach your goal especially since they will last longer than a trendy article of clothing.
2. Price – is it worth the price (trendy, fabric, cleaning maintenance, how much wear you will get out of it). You’ll have to weigh in the typical store prices too, for example $40 at Forever 21 is considered “expensive” to me, yet $100 at Nordstorm can be considered “average.” Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s free, you are still spending money.
3. Don’t rationalize the purchase. This typically means you shouldn’t be buying it. Rationalizing to your significant other as a means of explaining why you bought it is a completely different story.
4. Is this an emotional purchase or something I really wanted (let’s face it I would’ve said “need,” but we really don’t NEED anything, just WANT). I am totally guilty of buying stuff to make myself feel better, but what usually ends up happening is that you don’t really love what you bought anyway.
5. Return policy – after all things considered, go ahead and purchase. Since I have kids, most of my shopping is done online or without trying it on so returns are my best friend. As long as a store has a good return policy and you really evaluate your purchases with a sound mind, there’s no harm in buying then returning what you don’t end up loving.
Now back to THIS dress…I saw this dress on another blogger I follow, Elle Ferguson. Instantly I fell in love with it. The details, the sleeves, the unique style – it all captivated me. I looked up the designer and saw that it was quite pricey for the exact dress. While I am sure it is worth every penny, for me, it didn’t quite fall into my justification to purchase.
Then, low and behold when the brand Minusey approached me for a collaboration, I couldn’t believe they made a similar dress and I knew I HAD to have it. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t my usual uniform of all black or all white, or that it had tassels and embroidery on it. It was fate and who am I to mess with fate? This dress is such a fun summer look. It can be worn as a tunic or a mini dress and can be dressed up or down. While I typically shy away from colors and patterns, this dress really grabbed my attention. The last selling point was the pockets, I mean, how could I not get this? Since this dress screams summer, I paired it with nude, lace up platforms with a little fringe to complement the fringe on the dress. Needless to say, you will be seeing me in this outfit quite a bit this summer!
Dress | Minusey
Watch | Leonard and Church
Sunglasses | Karen Walker similar styles here and here
Bag | Chanel WOC similar styles here and here
Shoes | EGO Official similar styles here, here, and here
Love your dress. I always am so in love with your blog photos. Keep it up!!!
Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com
Thank you Meghan! Surprisingly I am obsessed with it too and it’s not even black! =)
You nailed this look babe! I told you you’d look amazing in color 😉 hehe <3 xo, sharon
You are so sweet Sharon. I don’t think I can venture too far away from my neutrals, but I definitely have fun with this dress!
Your rules are very true. That dress is definitely amazing and perfect to you! Thanks for sharing that!
Thank you Kimberly! We have to have some sort of rules before buying otherwise we would buy anything and everything!
Wow, the photos are stunning! That dress is to die for. And I’m now wondering if this would look as cute on me haha. Great post by the way!
Yes, this dress is cute for anyone and all body types because of the flared skirt. I’ve seen it worn as a tunic too (without the belt) which is also cute.
Gorgeous and totally an unexpected look for you! But I loooooove it on you!!!!!
Thanks Marie. Once in a while I can surprise you, hehe. I love this color and the style – I’m obsessed!
Love this amazing dress!
Thank you so much Jane! It is quickly becoming one of my favorites for sure!
Loving this look, your shoes are perfect! Please do stop by my blog and leave a comment or follow, I would love to stay in touch with you, you seem lovely! x
Thank you so much Adele! I will check out your blog soon!
Love this dress!! And i love your style!!
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Thank you Mallory! I definitely went out of my comfort zone for this but I fell in love with it!
You are so boho chic! I love this. All the shots are great but I especially love the dress!
Isn’t it such a unique dress? Thank you so much babe!
Oh girl this blog post is sooo cool. Love your style so much, such an inspiration
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Awww you are too sweet. YOU are major inspiration and such a beauty inside and out!
Un outfit ideal, estás super guapa!! https://bohoclosetblog.com/2016/07/06/viaje-expres-a-madrid/
Thank you Adriana! You are too kind!
You are such a stunner in this dress Christine, hehe and never mess with fate!!! I ADORE this dress on you!! Did you know that blue is the most loved color when it comes to sales and people are always attracted to blue hues for their inviting and calming effects. #graphics101 😉 xox!!
You are so funny, and yes, I have heard that! Surprisingly blue is my favorite color when some asks what is your fav color and it is simply because of that fact that is a calming color (another random tibit about me).
Love this – beautiful! Your fashion sense is incredible!
Thank you Emily! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
Beautiful dress! The return policy is a must if I am ordering online! If I plan to wear something more than a couple of times, I’ll be willing to spend more. 🙂
Hi Miki, yes a fabulous return policy is critical and the number of times you wear an item is very important in deciding whether or not to make a purchase. Thanks for reading!
Love this post.. I totally agree with all your points! You look amazing in this dress too! I love the embroidery detail!
Thank you Emily. This dress is such a keeper, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!
I totally agree to what you wrote in this post!
This dress looks so beautiful and the style is so lovely! How could anyone resist it ?:D
Thank you Anaivilo. I am sure we all go through out own list of questions in deciding whether to purchase something or not. =)
This dress is just absolutely stunning, you look so fabulous in it!
Have a wonderful day, xx
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Thank you Camila! It’s very different than my usual, but I definitely love it!
omg girl, this dress is everything! blue looks so good on you, amazing photos as always!
Thanks Melis! I guess we both took some risks in our recent color choices. =) But that’s what fashion is all about right, taking risks and having fun in the process!
I don’t think I can pull off the dress, but it looks fabulous on you. So cute!
You totally could Jean un-nee! I can see you rocking this look for sure!
Awwwwww, that dress and the Chanel WOC <333
Isn’t this dress so fun? Definitely a little out of my typical style, but I couldn’t resist!
I’m beyond impressed by you! Congratulations. I had to keep scrolling and scrolling to get past all the amazing comments. I want to comment on all your looks they are all SO GOOD!!!!! XOXOXOXO
Thank you so much Rachael, you don’t even know how much that means to me! You are a major inspiration to me and I am so grateful to have met you in this blogging world!
Wow you look amazing! From the details of the dress to the nude heels everything is so beautiful, I enjoy reading your blog doll keep up the amazing work!
You are so sweet Jessica! Thank you.