When Not To Buy (Even if the Price is Amazing) I've been working on closets for years, and one consistent problem I see is buying mistakes. There's no shame in it - almost everyone purchases something that ultimately doesn't work. The big thing is to minimize potential buying blunders while you are in the store.
I was consignment shopping the other day and found this cute Diane von Furstenberg dress.
DVF is one of my favorite designers. Many of her looks go day-to-night beautifully, and most of her pieces are both comfortable and lovely.
So, when I saw a DVF pattern dress with this price tag....
...I was QUITE excited.
Until I tried it on.
Here's what it looked like on me:
I liked the feel of the fabric (ultra comfortable), loved that it was a daytime summer dress, and even liked the cinched waist. But, I didn't like the side view.
The side cut was so dramatic that a wardrobe malfunction possibility was WAY too high. (Shopping is all about risk assessment, right?) I don't want to be a fashion flasher! The side-boob problem could potentially be solved by:
1. Wearing a backless, strapless bra.
There are some great backless, strapless bras out on the market right now that are both supportive and comfortable. Yet, the cut of this dress was dramatic enough that the clear "tape" would have shown. It ultimately would have taken away from the line of the dress and looked pretty tacky. So that option was out.
2. Wear a bandeau
In the same vein, there are some pretty bandeaus on the market now, too. Yet, wearing one with this particular dress would take away from the cut and make a simple dress more complicated.
3. Have the straps taken up
You can't tell from the picture, but the back was open and had criss-cross straps. I thought about taking it to a tailor to have the straps taken up so the dress would fall differently. But, by the time I put more money into remaking the dress I could actually purchase something that fit correctly.
I was still on the fence about this one (that pattern = SO cheerful), so I decided to turn the dress inside out. If you are ever debating if a piece of clothing is worth the price tag, I highly suggest this technique. You don't have to know anything about fashion or sewing to see if a garment is going to hold together or not. All you have to do is look to see if the stitches look tight / even and aren't coming apart.
Here's what it looked like turned inside out:
See how some of the stitching is coming apart? Even if the garment was beautifully stitched at one point, I was in a consignment shop. Which means that all of the clothes had some wear (unless I found something brand new with tags - which is the ultimate treasure hunting discovery!). This signaled to me that the dress was a bit of a risk.
Ultimately, I let it go. I know, DVF for $35 is hard to pass up! But, this type of daytime dress is supposed to be easy. Meaning, you pop it on, put on some shoes (and maybe one or two accessories), and you are out of the door. The bra / side cut situation would always be something to deal with. Which means it had the potential of just sitting in my closet because I would always, always have to think about how to work around the side cut.
Goodbye, DVF deal. There will be more summertime dresses that fit better!
Have you purchased a clothing mistake recently? Feel free to tell your story in the comments!