37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags
Recently I came across an amazing slip dress by Morrison. My 2016 wish list was completed and I had told myself I wouldn’t buy anymore clothing this year. When I saw this dress I changed my mind. To make up for the guilt of diverting from my shopping rules, I count this item as a 2017 purchase, and the funds have come out of my 2017 shopping budget. This purchase meant I removed my not so flattering denim shirt from my wardrobe. Bye bye denim shirt. R.I.P!
Here are the reasons I chose to purchase the dress.
- Flexibility. This is a very simple little black dress, which means it is excellent for layering. I bought a larger size so I can easily fit tops underneath. This allows me to wear the dress for special occasions on its own, or layered to work. It also means it is appropriate for a number of weather conditions.
- The fabric. In its most simple form, this dress is a polished update on the lingerie style slip dress. While I’ve loved the idea of a silk slip, I haven’t considered the style could be appropriate for work. The fabric in this dress is a high quality viscose elastane blend, which means it is a lot thicker than silk. Because it is thicker, it holds its shape better, and the fabrics worn underneath do not show. It can be comfortably worn in a professional setting without lingerie lines showing. The fabric has a subtle sheen to it, enough to be interesting while maintaining a polished look.
- The cut. The cut is a straight a-line. This means it politely covers my lady lumps for work situations. It also means it will be excellent in winter, as I’ll be able to layer easily with knits.
- The fit. I’m quite short and petite, 163cm tall and weighing 51kg. This dress comes to about knee length on me. I might consider having it taken up an inch or so in the future if the fabric wears well and it proves to be a long term investment. As the fabric has a bit of stretch to it, I’m sure the dress is intended to be figure hugging, but being a small person, the size 1 was only fitted in certain parts of my body. As a result I chose to go for the size 2 to keep it loose all over.
My favourite look at the moment.
Layer things underneath or on top.
This dress could be considered an impulse purchase, but I knew it would be an excellent addition to my wardrobe. I have worn it a lot already. Not only is it appropriate for day wear, but as a bonus, it is my second formal dress option. As a general rule, I prefer to adhere to my shopping rules, but I’m not too upset with an occasional (clever) rogue purchase.