Sunday, June 2, 2013

Investment Dress



From Black Market White $180. with friend discount; $130. Silk and cotton twill.


One of the items on my spring wardrobe list was an "investment dress". In my world, that's a dress over $70. I was so successful last year at Black Market White House, I decided to try my hand at it again. I think it will work, no?~

I styled this dress for work--and for modesty, I added this paper-thin tee with lace sleeves from Victoria's Secret. (I bought 2; the other in black)

Now whether or not I can restrain myself from buying ANOTHER "investment dress" is another story! How good are you sticking to a budget?

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22 comments:

  1. It's a great investment...you look fabulous, Paula!

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  2. great dress and right to buy it and yes go buy another one life is short, you should see my closet, hahaha!

    Ariane

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  3. I love that graphic black and white print! Nice choice, and it looks fab with the yellow belt. I haven't browsed WHBM in a long time, may have to make a point of it soon.

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    1. Une femme--they have higher quality dresses in rich fabrics that tend to flatter with fit and flair and tailored lines. My friend was always going there, but I wasnt a fan of the black and white. I have changed!

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  4. Lovely dress, Paula.
    Budget? Even though I thrift...I can't seem to stick to one. My goal this year is to spend LESS than I did last year. (I keep a tally.) So far I'm not doing so well. ha

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    1. I hear ya GF! I set a budget for the season rather than for the year. I am very rarely under..lol. But I do thrift too!

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  5. It's a beautiful dress and I love the contrasting belt. Yep, $70 makes something an investment in my book too. Bought just one like that last year.

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  6. What a pretty dress, and it's nice that it's convertible for work or play! I rarely spend much on clothes, but have considered buying a Karina dress. However, I think I'd rather spend the big money on shoes and coats. Or a bottle of the really, really good tequila!

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    1. Val, I am thinking of a Karina dress too; I just prefer natural fibers but I am thinking....maybe a bottle of Petron????

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  7. Oh yeah, a great dress and well worth investing in! Love how you styled with a layer underneath. Sure - buy another one, life is short : > Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday xoxoxo

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  8. Great dress, and love the idea of the lace top under it! The dress is a classic and you'll get a lot of wear out of it -- that means, to me, that it's a good investment.
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

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    1. Heather--and I am calculating the costs per wear; I'll keep you posted!

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  9. Super dress and the belt lends a lovely dash of colour.

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  10. fabulous DRESS AND i LOVE THE BRIGHT BELT!

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  11. I have a similar one I go from Ann Taylor (NOT my usual store!) that had a black and white dalmatian print that I spied in the window several years ago. I SO fell for it!! I waited until it went down to about $70... Still, investment dress by your numbers! I've only worn it a couple times, but it is sort of a go-to 'classy' look (for me) style. I even ended up wearing it to my brother's wedding because it was an afternoon outside ordeal.
    Worth it if you are sure you love it! I feel like mine will be just as chic now as it will be in 20 years... That style and print looks like a classic forever!!
    Looking good!
    Becky

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  12. What a cool combination! Great dress for later in summer, dress up or dress down! You look very pretty in it ... fresh!
    Yes, my budget and environs make "investment" dressing a relative term. Most of what is available is from big box stores, with a single mid-range department store, and no high end stores I can think of. Things are inexpensive but poorly made and so trend-heavy that there's no investments to be had. TJ Maxx has some pretty good names from time to time, but often they are priced beyond me, and to trendy to trust to be good beyond a season or two. Once in a while though, there's a find, and it's enough to keep me looking and checking back!

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    1. Jan, TJ's is one of my faves! I did get another investment skit from TJ's; but I have better luck with higher quality at White and Black, Ann Taylor and J Crew. Anthropologie is another; but must watch there--some higher priced items are NOT good quality.

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  13. I focus on perfect fit rather than budget. I find I am less inclined to give dresses away after a few wearings if they really flatter my figure. I like WHBM for great fitting dresses!

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  14. The dress is gorgeous and fits perfectly so looks like your decision was a good one. Love the yellow belt.

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  15. I like to buy investing clothing or shoes once in a while as well.
    This dress has a perfect fit and the print is not too trendy which means that you can wear it for many years to come and it would not look outdated.

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  16. Very beautiful dress and well styled with the sleeves-top and the belt.
    And I am no good at all at sticking to a budget. I have great discipline in almost all areas but this one.
    Greetje

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