I’m a great believer in a bargain, but I also like my bargain buys to work with my existing wardrobe. Remember the Three Word Theory – those three little words that sum up your style and ensure that everything you buy fits in with what you already have? I’m still living by that and on the whole it’s working nicely.
I’ve been coveting a shirt dress for a while now, but I don’t like most styles because the fabric is too stiff or the garments are so shapeless. They always look amazing on everyone else but they turn me into the proverbial sack of spuds. So you can imagine my delight when I found this silky jersey little number in House of Fraser last week – and at a nicely reduced price to boot! On first examination I was slightly nervous of the pattern, it reminded me oddly of the kind pattern on the housecoats my grandma would wear during the 1970’s, but once I’d tried it on I was sold. AlphaMale took slightly more convincing but again, once he’d seen it in situ he gave it the nod of approval.
That said, I still wanted to make sure the dress wasn’t a one-off-wonder and was going to work for me so today I had a little play with the other bits and pieces in my wardrobe and this is what I came up with. Obviously it would be a great little desk to dinner number, but I think that’s the marke it’s aimed at. I’m trying to make it work for other situations as well and it works just brilliantly for a smart occasion with heels and a dressy bag; for cooler days or less formal wear with boots; and with sandals for a city break or shopping trip kind of look.
But then I really started playing and decided to see how it would work as a coat instead of a dress and ta da! It’s brilliant. I’m hoping it will be a great travelling companion for my trips with AlphaMale, as it looks superb over jeans as a travel outfit; or with white skinnies and loafers for sightseeing; not forgetting that good old pair of bootlegs and wedge heels for a glamorous lunch look.
So there you have it. When you’re buying something (especially if it’s an impulse buy) don’t just consider it as a one-off item, think about where it will actually fit into your wardrobe and make it work. If it doesn’t, are you really going to get the wear out of it and ultimately get value for your money or will it be a One Wear Wonder?