After I asked what what you’re all willing to spend on a dress that you love, a great discussion ensued in the comments. Apparently, I’m not the only person who struggles with convincing herself to buy new clothes or figuring out a clothing budget. All the comments were great, but I wanted to share a few of the ones I really liked:
“OK, sure the dress cost $128, but if you wear it once or twce a week all season, that’s only $10-12/wear. If you needed a dress to wear one tme, say for an event, would you spend more then $12 on it? Of course you would, so why should you feel bad about spending that much per wear for a dress you really love?” – Jodi
“Sometimes when I am on the fence about a purchase I consider how much work I have to do to get it. If I’m being paid hourly I use that (and when I’m salaried I you know, do the math and figure out how much per hour I make). Is this dress worth five hours of work? 10?” – Marie
After I published the post, I got an e-mail later that afternoon from the team at Shabby Apple, a women-run online clothing shop that has tons of dresses. What I love about this site is that their dresses are really versatile, which is the first thing I look for when spending my hard-earned monies a dress. (Also, I say “monies” pretty regularly in conversation because it makes me laugh.) I also like the fact that they have a ton of options, but I don’t feel overwhelmed like I do on other women’s online dress shops. (Cough, Modcloth, cough.) Oh, and 5 percent of their net sales goes to helping women living in poverty get microcredit loans. Good stuff. Why hadn’t I ordered anything from Shabby Apple until this point? Good question! I think I’m still a little gun-shy when it comes to buying clothes online when I’m unfamiliar with the brand. But they have well-written sizing descriptions and free return shipping, so that’s really no excuse.
They offered me a $100 gift card to give away to a one of you and said I could try a dress for myself. It wasn’t easy to choose one, and I got very distracted by all their cute swim suits, but I eventually chose the Puca Pucara dress, which I loved for its defined waist, navy blue top WITH SLEEVES!, and full skirt. And because it reminded me of something Eva Mendes would wear. I took them at their word that it fit generously and ordered an extra-small.
I didn’t know what to expect in terms of fit and quality (and was skeptical of that sizing!) but when I took it out of the package and slipped it on, it zipped up perfectly…and then I kind of fell in love with it. The cut is really flattering with my body and the 100 percent cotton material is really light and breathable. I wish it came in a few solid colors because it’s seriously the kind of dress I’d be happy to wear every day and just be done with it. One downside is that it has to be hand washed, something I’m seeing in a lot of flattering casual dresses, and something I haven’t really mastered yet (tips would be appreciated!). It’s also a little long for me to want to wear with flats, but I’m thinking I’ll have it tailored so I can wear it more often.
I’m officially a Shabby Apple fan! The prices are really reasonable, the selection is great (they go up to a size 16, and because many of their items run big, I’m guessing it’s more like 20-22), and I dig what the brand is all about. I will definitely be looking there first when it comes to looking for new dresses (and probably skirts and swim suits as well).
The Part Where I Give Something Away
If you’d like to enter to win a $100 gift card to Shabby Apple, just head to their website and check out the selection. Then leave a comment on this post letting me know:
1. What item you like/love/want to own.
2. Why you chose that item. (Because I just like reading what you guys like and learning more about everyone’s personal style!)
The giveaway will be open until 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, July 15. On Monday morning, I’ll select a winner randomly from the eligible comments (ETA: US residents only) and then update this post with the winner’s name.
Have at it!
Updated: The winner is commenter #180: Meena! She commented,”I really love the Ramble in Maroon. It looks classy and comfortable. Definitely my kind of dress. Thanks for having such an awesome giveaway! :)”
Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their favorite Shabby Apple dresses!