2011-11-10

Fruit Cake

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Dress? Couldn't figure out the label..., consigned Tights? Winners Shoes? I.D. Browns Clutch? Thrifted Cuff? Goodwill auction

I think if you are a serious bargain shopper, you get used to shopping for the off season. To get the best deals, I buy sandals in September, parkas at the end of February and fruit cake in January. That's why I was recently surprised to find this sweater dress at a Grand Rapids consignment store in amongst some summery dresses on the 50% off rack. You don't question those moments. You just take your soft, pretty, warm dress and run. Well, you do a secret happy dance and pay first...

The best part is that I didn't realize until I got home that the zippers on the shoulders weren't just design details but rather clever design. There are little straps hidden within that change the look from a snug little sweater dress so a slouchy dress with bare shoulders.

Let's review... I got this dress for 50% off and the zipper detail lets me wear the dress in two unique ways. So... really, I paid 25% per look... Happily, this leaves me plenty of money to buy discounted fruit cake in January as your Christmas gifts next year. Don't ever say I don't love you...

40 comments :

two birds said...

this dress is seriously amazing.

E said...

That dress is pretty darn rad. You're reminding me I'm in sore need of something vintage/thrift shopping...

parlh said...

Woah! How did you get so good looking? I really like your genes! I think this to myself every time I read your blog . . . creepy no?

Jill said...

I. love. that. dress. So jealous of your bargain!

Favor the Brave

Frannie Pantz said...

And the sale Gods rejoice! What a smoking dress and I love the zipper detail--how clever!

I'll be waiting for my fruitcake in January. ;-)

Bri said...

Fantastic zipper detail, i'm going to have to remember that and incorporate it into a future project! Loving the color also, great on you!

Sasha said...

This dress brought me out of my usual lurking place to post. I love it so much I would have paid full price for it and that is something I rarely do.

Maybe I should get over my thrift store/other peoples smells-germs-funk phobia and see what I can find. I usually stick to store sale racks.

jas said...

great tights

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Bespoke Biddie said...

LOVE a versatile number!

Sunnie
(.=

Marie said...

what a great little zipper-y detail. loving it.

-Marie
So What If I Like Pretty Things

Stefanie said...

Not only is your dress amazing for all the reasons you mentioned but the colour is gorgeous!

Loulou said...

What a terrific dress. It looks really nice on you and I love that zipper detail! And the colour. All 'round good find!

Loulou @ Loulou Downtown

Linda said...

Fruit cake is gross, whats wrong with your tastebuds? You are only redeemed because of the Greek Yogurt.

That is quite the lovely colour and dress!

Do the zippers catch on your hair or anything?

Terri said...

Bravo on your find! That color is gorgeous on you.
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Please may I? said...

Stunning dress.

x x

briannelee said...

That is the dress you got? It looks amazing on you!!!

The Daily Fashionista said...

I love it!!! You really know how to find something super awesome. So the hidden zippers were a surprise after you bought the dress? That's just awesome:)

Greetings from Texas! said...

You're a fruitcake Jentine! =) In the best, most fashionable way!

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GFS said...

Who cares about fruitcake when you own a fab dress like this?!?!

My fave Canadian strikes again!

Sal said...

Now THAT is some cool detailing.

Megan said...

I hate fruitcake so you can send me this amazing dress instead.

CessOviedo said...

The dress was definitely a great find! Love how you wore the cuff over the sleeve, gotta try that!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Annie said...

That dress is awesome. Which, you already know. But do you really eat fruit cake? :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Looks and Books said...

Awesome, awesome dress! Both styles are equally hot. Also love the shoes and polka dot tights. Well done, as always.

amanda said...

shut up. this dress is hot. and you are hot in it :)

hannahstiff said...

Love this color and the shoulder cut outs- rockin! XO

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Kyla said...

This dress = GENIUS!

Sidewalk Chic said...

That dress is stunning. The zipper design is so awesome!

Meg said...

I love it when unexpected sales fall into one's lap! That's a great dress.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

ye thrifting genius, this dress is awesome. practically two dresses in one. you shame the rest of us with your skillz, again.

Shannon said...

Lovely outfit. Love the color of your dress. Fabulous!

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Wren said...

This is seriously one of the greatest dresses I have ever seen! Amazing find! I don't know how you do it, it must be a gift.

Wren said...

This is seriously one of the greatest dresses I have ever seen! Amazing find! I don't know how you do it, it must be a gift.

Lindsay Ann said...

i am definitely an off-season shopper as well! such an amazing plus that it can be worn all seasons!

The F Girl said...

I love the colour of that dress, beautiful! I can't imagine wearing bare shoulders in winter here (brrr), but still, it does look gorgeous! :)

Rin said...

This dress is divine and I am insanely jealous.

liz said...

Wow that is such a unique dress! And a great color on you :)

Inez said...

That's a seriously cute dress ad a damn good bargain. I love cutout shoulders.

CC said...

That is an awesome dress! Wow!
And you look amazing in it. ;)

Sheila said...

I am completely in love with that dress. It looks amazing on you!

Don't you just love when you find that little gem on the rack? I am always so excited!