Fashion

Breaking My Rules

May 24, 2016
A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

When I started doing most of my clothes shopping at ThredUp, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t keep anything that wasn’t ready to wear the moment it arrived.

It’s so tempting for me to look at something I like and think, “if I just took in the sides a little, this would be perfect.”

But I know how that ends up – the item sits in my closet for ages and I never fix it or I DO fix it and I hate it because my sewing combines my two worst qualities of perfectionism and speed (so I do it as quickly as possible and then can’t overlook how poorly it turns out).

But when I ordered this dress, which is from Hannah Anderson’s adult line, it was so ALMOST perfect that I couldn’t bear to send it back.

I mean, it was the right length (hard to find in a dress!). The fabric was thick enough that it didn’t require anything underneath. It had POCKETS. It even has an contrasted exposed zipper up the back.

Also, it was $10.49.

But it was just a leeeeeettle too big around the top.

I knew I didn’t want to fix it myself because I didn’t want to ruin it, so I took it into the dry cleaners’ where I’d seen a little alteration desk in the past.

But then they told me that the person who did the alternations had just moved the day before (why did I procrastinate going in?!) and so I decided to take it with me to Mom 2.0 and ask Merrick‘s advice on it.

I figured if she could walk me through what I should actually do for it, I could do it myself, and I promised myself I’d take it slow and be very careful.

But then after I tried it on and she looked it over, she offered to just do it for me.

Well, that took me five seconds to accept (minus four seconds).

And then last week, she brought it back to me in Las Vegas and voila! Best sister ever.

But I’m still going to stick to my rules, because I’m fairly sure Merrick has better things to do than alter half ThredUp’s inventory for me.


Dress (via ThredUp) • Shoes  Necklace • Rings (Set 1 and Set 2)
Bracelets • Clutch • Nail Polish

A perfect summer dress - thick enough to wear alone, plus pockets!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Tara G May 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I LOVE this dress, and the color is so vibrant and flattering on you! You definitely made the right choice in hanging on to it! Now I am going to have to go stalk ThredUp to find one for myself…. 🙂

  • Reply Sara Huber May 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I got a super similar one from Boden a few weeks ago and I love it, but I assure you it did not cost $10.49. Great find!

  • Reply Ever Emma May 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    What a great find!! I love all of the treasures just waiting to be found on ThredUp!

  • Reply Fanny Fanny May 25, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Love the dress!

    Evening Dresses

  • Reply Jodi May 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    You must have a skill for shopping online that I dont! I think there are a lot of items that I overlook that I wouldn't if I was seeing it in person. Mostly I'm just not good at buying clothes for myself! But I have bought some stuff on thred up recently and love them. I just want to find stuff for even cheaper! (and not pay shipping). And I'm totally the same. I just want results with anything I do without taking the time to really learn it. So I end up with a crappy sew job.

  • Reply edeenut May 27, 2016 at 12:05 am

    the fit rule is a perfect one to live by… I wish I could follow it. I always think "oh I could just take it in a bit or change the sleeves a bit…" and I usually do get around to altering it but not after it sits in my closet for a long time…

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