Monday, July 25, 2011
the birthday, part 2 of 2
For a no-fuss dinner outfit I pulled on an easy staple of mine, this jersey dress, and added some contrasting colors to give it a little festive feel. I picked up these flats on sale at UO Saturday- they were $10 a pair so I bought two. They're supremely comfortable, perfectly casual and quite practical as well; I wore them while riding my new bike this afternoon and they function as well as any tennis shoe would. Though they may not last long (there's probably a quality-related reason they were so cheap), I'll get a lot of wear out of them while I can.
And speaking of cheap, at this point the cost per wear for this dress is somewhere around $1.50 and I'd say that's not too bad. Ten wears for a Forever 21 dress is a surprise for me; in my experience that they typically begin to shrink or fall apart long before then. If you want to know my secret, it's not having easy access to a washer and dryer. Having to take my clothes to the laundromat means I'll wear something as many times as possible before washing it. I also wash many of my F21 pieces in the sink as if they were precious delicates. Spare me the "buy quality" advice please because even if I had the cash to buy well-made items I'd still probably shop fast-fashion. I couldn't see myself spending over $30 for a simple dress like this, so my approach is to buy cheap and love the clothes as much as possible because you never know when they'll be gone.
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