OOTD :: of muddy florals and buyer’s remorse

september 18

september 18

september 18

So this is Gwynnie Bee #3.

In retrospect, I don’t think this one’s even in the running, especially compared to how I felt in the previous two dresses. This one just doesn’t stand on its own.

This dress has that familiar vibe to it. It feels like something I’ve seen before at discount stores; that is, neither the print nor the cut separates it from the rest of the pack.

Speaking of print, I did note that the floral is a little muddy and needs the pop of color from the blazer to elevate it from so-so land. Also, any dress that needs extra embellishing (blazer and necklace?) to up my happiness factor is just way too high maintenance in my book.

Don’t get me wrong; I still like how it fits on me. It’s got that lovely, swishy skirt that makes me feel oh so fem. But perhaps I was so eager to have something from GB fit that I became less discerning. Now that I have my pocketbook in mind, however, this dress doesn’t really stack up. At the asking price of $46, it definitely isn’t a keeper.

UPDATE: After much debate and multiple opinions sought, I have returned all but the floral button up and navy skirt from the Phillip Lim collection. This allows me to make a huge lipstick purchase from Urban Decay (HGB post forthcoming) and buy the green and blue Gwynnie Bee frock. I found the dress on sale from the original retailer and am waiting to see if GB honors that price.

Fingers crossed…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Alfani @ Gwynnie Bee
Heels – Merona @ Target
Blazer – F21 (similar)
Necklace – Francesca’s (similar)

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2 thoughts on “OOTD :: of muddy florals and buyer’s remorse

  1. The jacket really did make this dress great. I also liked the shoes you paired. Don’t know I would have thought of nude, but in retrospect, they really worked.

    • I immediately though nude only because the print was so busy and the jacket so vibrant; I didn’t want competing pieces. Plus, I think there’s a bit of the nude color in the dress so it complemented quite nicely. ;p

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