Dress, Joe Fresh; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti (thrifted); bag, MbMJ (via consignment)
Dress, Joe Fresh; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti (thrifted); bag, MbMJ (via consignment)

I have a lot of dresses in my closet, and they are all lovely in their own way. Every so often, though, there comes along a magical dress. The magical dress is a cheap, comfortable, no fuss, could-wear-it-all-the-time kind of dress. I’ve been lucky to run into a few in my time, and this is my most recent one. For $40 (full price), it’s not exactly cheap considering it’s just Joe Fresh, but that’s relative, I suppose. It’s made from super soft, floaty rayon, and it has a gorgeous print that will work perfectly with my wardrobe colours. A good thing, since the remixing possibilities are endless. I CANNOT wait to transition this dress to fall (though I CAN wait for fall a while longer, kthanxbye).

hi-lo hem
hi-lo hem
Kendra Scott earrings
Kendra Scott earrings

For a friend’s baby shower, I wore it with my recently thrifted Giuseppe Zanotti sandals. If you follow me on IG (or read Monday’s post, hah) you know I found these gorgeous shoes at a Salvation Army store in Vancouver for a mere $20. They’re in excellent condition, and if the heel is a little higher than I’m used to these days, that is a small price to pay, I think. Love the rose gold with my complexion.

All told, this entire outfit, minus the earrings, cost me less than $100, which is pretty impressive (if I do say so myself) considering the shoes alone retailed for around $700. Most importantly, I felt like a million bucks. That’s some serious magic, right there.

the $100-feels-like-a-million-bucks outfit
the $100-feels-like-a-million-bucks outfit

10 Comments on The Magical Dress, 2015 Edition

  1. I just have to say that I love that women dress up for things like baby and bridal showers and weddings. Yes, where I live, people sadly don’t even dress up for weddings. Casual is the name of the game around here. Jeans and a tshirt and even tennis shoes are worn to showers, and anything more than that is overdressed. I love your outfit here.

    • I suppose not everyone does here either (they did in this case, but maybe it wasn’t necessarily a representative cross section of the population). I can see baby showers being a more casual, laid back event, but weddings are another story. Unless the bride/groom specifies it’s a casual wedding, jeans are just not appropriate, IMO. We had a couple of people show up in jeans and t-shirts at our wedding, and it was definitely odd amid a sea of cocktail dresses and suits. (We got married at a relatively fancy golf course/country club, so the dress code was pretty self evident). I mean, it’s nothing I lose sleep over but … I don’t get it. I love any excuse to dress up!

  2. Wow that really is a beautiful dress, I can totally get the “magical” thing. I work right around the corner from a Joe Fresh and now this post made me actually want to shop there (I don’t know why I wasn’t before!). I am new to your blog and, I have to say, your styling is getting me hooked. You are great at creating looks that are bold and colorful, yet still clean. Thanks!

    • Thank you! I think Joe Fresh can be SUPER hit and miss, but when they hit it – it’s out of the ballpark. So, worth checking out but with that caveat.

      Also, welcome to the blog – thanks for reading!

    • I know … it’s not cheap for Joe Fresh. But if you like it and feel good in it, it’s not too too expensive. I have high hopes that the fabric will wear well over time.