The Dress Decision

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted or enter the giveaway yet? No? Why not?

I put this dress in my Le Tote closet because I liked the way it looked like it could be casual or dressy. Turns out it was the perfect thing to wear yesterday. Why?

letote-dress-riding-boots-3Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

letote-dress-riding-boots-4Well, I had two non-routine items on my agenda yesterday. The first was attending a board meeting for my professional organization. Everyone else wears business clothes so I wasn’t about to show up in jeans. letote-dress-riding-boots-2The other? Attending a “career night” for a class that a colleague of mine teaches (shout out to any DU students reading this!) I’m supposed to be a “professional” so I figured I’d better dress as such.

Turns out this dress fits me like a glove. Seriously. This might be the best fitting dress I’ve put on in years. Okay, at least since my first Rent the Runway dress. There’s a part of me that wants to add this dress to my closet permanently. The only thing holding me back is the price tag. At $118 it’s pretty pricey! Especially for a piece I might not wear that often. But, dang. It fits so well and I felt so good in it that I might just bite the bullet and buy it.

What do you think? Spend the money or no?


25 replies on “The Dress Decision

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      When I put on the boot socks instead of tights and left the house on Tuesday I was perfectly comfortable. And then I ran an errand after lunch and was SO COLD! Silly weather.

  1. Chris

    I guess I’m curious about what your definition of “not wearing it often” is. Would you wear it twice a month from October – April? Maybe three times? It does look great on you and you could easily go tights and heels too. See if you can find a similar item on ebay or poshmark. If you buy it now and can maybe get $50 out of it in a couple of years because it doesn’t fit quite the same, that might be an ok investment in my book.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      At my current job I don’t wear dresses nearly as often as I did at my old job which is the only reason I’m hesitant. But, everyone is making really good comments about the fact that it’s a pretty classic cut so it should last me more than one season.

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Ooooh, that’s a tough call. $118 is steep, but I have SO much trouble finding dresses that fit me well, I might do it, but only if I didn’t have anything like it or knew I could get some good mileage out of it. Or maybe if you have somewhat similar dresses that don’t fit as well, you could sell those and use that to offset the $118 cost?

  3. Melissa

    I’m all about finding items at a good deal but for a classic piece that you will be able to wear for multiple occasions and for multiple seasons—it’s worth it. Plus, like you said, it fits as if it was made for you. Go for it!

  4. Sara

    I don’t get your hesitation. The dress is a great color, classic cut and super flattering on you. Plus, it’s probably a three-season piece in Chicago, no? Sure, $118 sounds pretty steep but why not make it your last purchase for a little while? Let it replace two or three less-than-ideal dresses in your closet and you’re bound to get a bunch of wear out of it!

  5. Maggie

    I’m getting really sick and tired of wearing clothes that don’t fit well, or are low quality and don’t last. So at this point, I don’t really care about price. HOWEVER, our budget disagrees. But to me, it’s better to splurge on one piece that works really well than to try to find a cheaper alternative that you won’t wear as much, and so you buy another cheaper alternative, and then you may as well have spent the original price for the one that works well.

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