Originally published on June 28, 2017
The second I saw this Free People dress,(also here and here) I knew I had to have it! This may sound crazy to those of you that aren’t into fashion, but certain pieces immediately grab my attention and I know I will have them for life. I’ve recently really found my sense of style and have stuck to only buying items that I love. You're probably thinking, "Emily, you're a fashion blogger- what do you mean?!" Well, it took me like four years but I have figured out what works for me and what I like the most! Anything flowy that has the right color and pattern, is go for me. We’ve all been there, we buy something because it’s on sale or it’s cute…enough, and then we hardly ever wear it. I want to find more pieces that I can see myself wearing all the time. I’m clearly going on a tangent, but there are only a handful of clothes I had in high school that I still wear today. I want to look back years from now and still have the same pieces that I chose today.
That being said, I’ve also found that it’s okay to spend a little more on something that you truly love. We all know that Free People (and their sister brand, Anthropologie) is no Forever 21. But, I’m glad they’re not. With these brands, I always find that the items I choose to purchase feel more “special”. Okay, yet again you non-fashion minded people probably won’t get this. But, it’s that special quality that I get with them that ensures they will be lifelong items. So after that little segment, the story behind this dress is: I was backstage at my last dance rehearsal ever and I was naturally distracting myself by browsing through ShopBop. I saw this dress, that I have seen before- but this time it was on sale ($45!!), the last one in my size and the last one in stock. We see where this going. I scooped it up and have loved wearing it ever since. I just realized that I wore the same booties in basically all of my Nashville posts so there’s that. They’re from Target and I’ve linked similar options here and here.
As much as I love scoping out my nearest TJ Maxx, I have learned that it’s quality over quantity. Especially with my blog posts, but I have to try and find happy medium with that. haha I hope that you all think of one of Vivienne Westwood's quotes, that I find funny- and true! "Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody's buying far too many clothes."