Casual Friday is a thing at my new job (yay!) but I gave up the opportunity to wear jeans in favour of this slightly dressier combo during my first week. I *could* have worn this top with jeans, but I wanted to try a slightly more polished combination for its inaugural outing. This new-to-me top is the first Bailey44 piece that I’ve successfully thrifted. I have spotted the brand before, but nothing that worked for me style- or quality-wise. This piece was a bit crumpled but otherwise in stellar shape. The colorblocking makes it quite versatile for mixing and matching, and the triangle shape has a lovely bit of swish to it, plus a high comfort factor. It’s definitely a keeper.
I even sprung for professional dry cleaning for it, which cost me a whopping $12 (almost double the thrift price of the top), because I liked it that much and didn’t want to take any chances cleaning it myself. Better safe than sorry but … ouch. I totally get why people would want to avoid clothes that require dry cleaning; the cost of maintenance can get out of control very quickly. I will say that, with the exception of very delicate silk pieces like this top, my Woolite home dry cleaning kit works very well in terms of refreshing clothes. I am looking to invest into a steamer next, which would complete my home laundering arsenal. If anyone has recommendations, especially in the under-$200 range, please leave them in the comments. Bonus points if it’s something I can Amazon Prime. Convenience is my middle name. One of them, anyway.