Main Squeeze

So I have been trying to be very frugal and thoughtful about my clothing purchases these last several months, especially in light of our financial situation. But I had a moment of weakness not long ago on Instagram, and bought this dress.

Can you blame me, though? I mean — look at it! And, you know, it was only $12 shipped so it's not like I'm really breaking the bank here.

I made up a rule at some point that if I wanted to indulge myself in a purchase, I would put it on hold for a week or so. And if I was still thinking about it after a week, I would give myself permission to take the plunge. So far, the rule has served me well. And this dress was absolutely haunting my dreams.

I bought this pretty little number from the lovely Far From Here Vintage, who just happens to have an Instagram shop as well. Something about it just called to me, and I decided to take the plunge even though I was not sure it would fit. In fact, there was a touch-and-go moment when I thought the zipper wasn't going to go all the way up, but it all worked out fine.

I added this peplum cardigan (is there such a thing? Anyway, I don't know how else to describe it) over the top to give the outfit a little structure and make this bright floral baby-doll dress approach something office-appropriate. (In fact, I'm working on a Making It Work post about styling baby-dolls for the office, so check back soon!)

But I couldn't resist adding my favorite (i.e. only) sandals, even though it made the whole look pretty matchy-matchy. Sometimes you've just got to go with your gut and do what feels good. Right? This whole week has been super crappy, and it's times like this that I really like to indulge myself in an outfit that makes me feel stupendous.

And I can't stop wearing this bird necklace — I feel like I go through phases with jewelry where all I want to wear is one or two certain pieces. Next week it will be something different, probably. I used to be really fixed on the idea of having a "signature" piece of jewelry, but when I got old enough to get a tattoo, that desire kind of faded away. I really like having something that's a permanent part of me, that identifies me in a way. Even though I never show any of my tattoos! (Confession time: I have a tramp stamp. What can I say, it was the 90s.) Do you like to mix it up with jewelry, or do you prefer the "signature piece" approach?


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