The Fitting Room Chronicles: So I’m Going to Need a New Bra for This

Summer is not quite here yet in New York City, but at a smoldering 85 degrees, we’re getting a taste of it.

Despite the sweat-inducing temperatures, I continued on with my weekly ritual of visiting my beloved thrift store. Unlike a typical clothing boutique, you just never know what surprises await you.

Normally I find so much treasure, I struggle to carry pounds of clothes on top of my 5’2″ frame as I tip-toe to the fitting room. This weekend, my finds were quite minimal, but that’s okay. My wallet is thankful.

Find #1

According to the tag on this silk black dress, it comes all the way from Paris. While it hugged my curves in all of the right places – and I can’t ever resist a black outfit – the side zipper was completely broken. I would consider a piece like this a “project,” which means that, if I were to purchase it, I would collaborate with my tailor on tweaking it to create a more custom fit, including replacing the zipper. While I’m not against a project, the efforts would have been costly in this case. The dress alone was 40 dollars, and with any additional changes, we’re looking at a price tag worth over 50 bucks. In this case, I didn’t think it was worth the splurge, so I let it go.

Posing with an open (and broken) zipper.
Posing with an open (and broken) zipper.

Find #2

Ever fell madly in love at first sight? I did. This hip-hugging floral Tracy Reese dress looked like a dream on the hanger.Β Her dresses are worth over 300 dollars, but I could have taken this home for a mere 23 dollars. Sadly, my Dominican butt was like nope. Sure, I was able to zip it all the way up, but I also had toΒ take multiple quick breaths just to let oxygen past through my body. And sitting? Ha! That’s just for amateurs.

Not breathing can look quite glamorous for five secondsdeargodwhenwillthisend?!
Not breathing can look quite glamorous for five secondsdeargodwhenwillthisend?!

Lucy can relate.

When a piece runs large you can easily work around it, but too small? Ugh is the answer.

Find #3

Normally I’m very against all things strapless. Being well endowed on top, I need support or my back will punish me with unforgiving aches. And let’s be real, when was the last time you looked forward to wearing a strapless bra? But sometimes, sacrifices should be made. Especially with a discovery like this.

We have a winner!
We have a winner!

While I was feeling down about the previous dress that wouldn’t fit, this one was two sizes smaller and works great. Okay sure, it’s a vintage size, but work with me people! The tag says it’s by Beginnings, which is/was based in New York. I tried researching it, but nothing seems to be available. The price tag? A lovely 14.

I can’t wait to rock this gown sooner than later. Unfortunately, I will need to buy a strapless bra.

Daphne gets it.
Daphne gets it.

I will say this dress made me get over the Tracy Reese outfit. It’s like that moment when you’re about to get back with an ex, only to find out there’s someone way better waiting for you and ready to take you out. Don’t ask me how I know this.

In short? Today was a good day: for myself and my wallet.

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