The Fitting Room Chronicles: Getting Dior for 19 Bucks (and Other Things)

Ever told yourself, “I’m only spending x amount of dollars and no more” before entering a store? I did today – and failed.

But I did succeed in other areas. Here me out.

I must say, I’m very thankful for being a thrifting fan. I probably save way more money than the usual shopper who prefers snagging their outfits at retail stores. For example, I found this majestic Christian Dior kimono gown – and it was only 19 dollars. Good luck spending that amount in Christian Dior for anything.

Christian Dior Kimono Gown
Christian Dior Kimono Gown

At first, I wasn’t going to get it because it was super wide for a size medium. I probably could create a couture tent while staying overnight at Yellowstone National Park (yeah right, I don’t camp hahahah).

Glamping
Glamping

But upon applying a leather corselet belt to cinch everything in and enhance a waist, I was in awe by its rich autumnal hues and flowy fabric, an ideal ensemble for the cooler fall months in New York City. And it’s Dior, enough said.

Dior, baby.
Dior, baby.

Oh, and for 19 dollars, it will always fit. Now that’s a deal.

Another win I earned during my shopping trip? This comfy Zara dress made out of linen and cotton. It’s super breathable for the sticky, icky summer we’re experiencing.

Zara
Zara

Beware of seemingly cool fabrics, like silk, during the summer. You’ll feel like this:

Hot potato.
Hot potato.

But for 15 dollars, Zara will keep me looking (and feeling) cool for casual days and nights out.

Winning with Zara.
Winning with Zara.

But not everything was a major success today. And I think my wallet is pretty thankful about that.

There was this dress. It looked fabulous on the hanger. But on me? It looks like I was being devoured by Ursula. And if you ever saw “The Little Mermaid,” you would know Ursula is not someone you want to piss off.

The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Noooooooo!
The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Noooooooo!

There was also this ensemble. It was a flowy Japanese waist drop dress. I love how super comfortable I felt, but I wasn’t crazy about how I looked. I don’t need guys offering me seats on the subway because they think there’s a bun in the oven.

Japanese  Waist Drop Dress (without belt).
Japanese Waist Drop Dress (without belt).

I applied my usual belt and while I looked better in it, this dress wasn’t made to be held in. Rather, it wants to be free. I’m just not sure if we’re a right match.

Japanese Waist Drop Dress (with belt).
Japanese Waist Drop Dress (with belt).

I tried it on. More than once. I decided to leave it behind. I kinda miss it, but if we meet again, I know it was meant to be. We’ll see.

Don't offer me a seat on the subway. Actually, let me sit. I'm tired.
Don’t offer me a seat on the subway. Actually, let me sit. I’m tired.

I also found this black and white dress.

It looks good...
It looks good…

But as you can see, it wasn’t exactly the best fit…

Nah.
Nah.

Well, I now need to budget myself a wee bit better. I’ve got some big plans coming up and the moolah will be needed. But at least I have Dior to dry my tears.

Fin.
Fin.

The Fitting Room Chronicles: Going Wild for a Toga and Stuff

You know what I hate? Gladiator sandals. Actually, scratch that. It’s more of a dislike. Perhaps I’m being overdramatic, but I don’t need to look like I’m heading off for the last supper.

Yup.
Yup.

You know what I do like, though? Toga dresses.

Now hear me out. We’re not talking about a usual frat fest where your neighbor Johnny Hearts PBR rocks a soiled bedsheet. I’m thinking channeling my inner Grecian goddess, whether it be seductive Aphrodite or headstrong Athena (literally – ask Zeus).

I told you she was a hard-headed woman.
I told you she was a hard-headed woman.

So when I found this silk dress by Calypso St. Barth at my usual vintage shop, I had to get it. It made me feel confident enough to strut down the streets of New York City, as if I conquered a tiger in the arena.

Seriously, are you not entertained?

I believe Maximus would have approved, iPhone and all.
I believe Maximus would have approved, iPhone and all.

I couldn’t find this piece as part of the resort brand’s latest line, so I believe it’s from a earlier collection. Their dresses go for nearly $200 and up, but I found this piece for $30 in excellent condition. Not too shabby.

As for the next ensemble I found? Apparently, I wanted to channel a kaleidoscope.

No, really.

So. Many. Colors. And. Shapes. And. Sizes.
So. Many. Colors. And. Shapes. And. Sizes.

I found this Japanese shift dress for less than $20. Normally I’m not a fan of shift dresses because they’re designed to lay flat without creating a specific shape on the body. They can be super comfy, but on a curvy figure, it can be like wearing a potato sack.  But if Marilyn Monroe can make a shapeless dress look fab, so can I!

Actually she was really wearing a potato sack.
Actually she was really wearing a potato sack.

I decided to solve the problem by adding one of my usual corselet belts to enhance my waist. I felt better. But on bloated days? You best believe that belt’s coming off!

I feel better.
I feel better.

Don’t be afraid to try on things you normally wouldn’t wear because hey, you never know. And if it’s not working out, just make it your own. Whether it’s adding towering heels, Converse sneakers, a massive top knot, whatever – have fun with your wardrobe and stay true to what makes you feel amazing.