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Triumph or Tacky?

1 Mar

Once again it’s time for the weekly edition of Triumph or Tacky?! Before I get into the details of the overall assessment of the Week 3 challenge outfit I have a little confession to make. I worked from home today so I didn’t end up wearing the dress out in the big wide world. I don’t know if this qualifies as cheating on the experiment but in my defence several of my friends have seen me in the dress and my husband took the pictures for the results post (and I think that his opinion should be given at least equal or greater weight than everyone else since he has to put up with me and my fashion escapades :op). I’m attending a big meeting on Friday where I’m giving a presentation so I’ll wear the dress then and update this post if I get any big reactions to it.

On to the actual feedback regarding the challenge! Since the Week 2 challenge was pretty triumphant I was feeling very confident, perhaps a bit too confident. Although I love the dress that I found at Suzy Shier it really wasn’t the best representation of the Gucci inspiration dress. My purchase is a little too heavy on the bandeau style (ok, let’s be honest here, it’s a complete Herve Leger inspired knock-off as Lauren rightly pointed out in the comments section) as opposed to embodying the 90’s minimalist trend:

Maria Sharapova in Herve Leger Photo: Peter Kramer/AP

 

It seems that many other people also agree with this observation since the votes are mostly split between “you did great” and “not quite close enough” and one person chose the unfortunate “better luck next week” option.

I wouldn’t qualify this challenge as “Tacky” but it is nowhere near “Triumphant”. I think that it falls somewhere in the middle…does “Triumacky” qualify as a word? Hmm…probably not. Something tells me that this word is not going to catch on either, lol. Oh well, you win some, you lose some! In the end I’m still happy with the dress that I bought, I think that it’s pretty versatile, and I definitely think that it’s a great steal at under $20!

 

 

 

 

Week 3 Results

26 Feb

It’s time for the results of the Week 3 challenge! If you recall, the target article of clothing was a LBD from Gucci’s ready to wear collection that retails for $1340 CAD:

Gucci

 

So how did I do this week? Well I found a really great dress that I’m actually quite happy with! Unfortunately, the style isn’t exactly true to the Gucci inspiration but if you are shopping with more than $20 in your wallet there are quite a few similar dresses out there (for example at Guess and Suzy Shier).

Although the LBD that I did find is more of a bandeau dress and doesn’t have the same sleeves or a belt (not that I’m too upset about the lack of a belt, as I mentioned in the challenge post belts just don’t work with my short waist), I do think that it still works:

 

I found the dress at Suzy Shier where the regular retail price was $40 but it was in the clearance section so it was an additional 50% off:

 

Now I know that only brings the price down to $20 before taxes and if you recall I have to stay within $20 including the tax. Luckily (depending on how you look at it at least), some of the seams of the dress had come loose (and I have no problem picking up a needle and thread) so I got an extra %15 off:

Come to think of it I really should have tried to get more taken off of the price but at the time I was just focused on getting the dress for under $20.

With all of the discounts  I ended up with a whopping grand total of $19.21! My most expensive purchase yet! This leaves me with $0.79 for the Savings Bank (I’ll try not to spend it all in one place, lol). Unfortunately, I seem to have lost the receipt to prove the price but you trust me right? And if you don’t trust me (shame on you!) I was shopping with a friend so they can vouch for me, plus I had no cash on me so my purchase has been recorded and legitimized courtesy of my trusty VISA card.

So how does the dress look on an actual person? Here it is:

Dress Suzy Shier, sandals Aldo

 

I think it’s great for a night out with some fun platform sandals. For the office I’ll pair it with a blazer and maybe some boots and tights at least until the weather warms up more:

Blazer Jacob, boots Aldo

 

Well I’ve shown you my purchase for the week and given you my opinion, now it’s time to hear yours!

Revisiting the rules…yet again

25 Feb

I seem to always have the rules of this experiment in the back of my mind. I’ve also had many conversations with friends and family about the rules and I have come to the conclusion that I need to tweak them once again. I hope that this will be the last time but I’m a bit of an indecisive person so no guarantees!

When I first came up with the idea for this experiment, besides getting the usual “are you crazy, $20 is just too little money?!” and “how are you going to find these specific items?” comments, I also got the “52 weeks’ worth of challenges adds up to an awful lot of clothes”, “how are you going to find space for all of these clothes?” and “does it always have to be clothing?” comments.

 

Warner Brothers

Well to respond to these queries: yes this experiment will add up to a lot of clothes (not that that is necessarily a bad thing of course), I have no idea how I am going to find the space to house all of them but I have a feeling that my office and spare bedroom will become much more cozy, and no it doesn’t always have to be clothing since the rules allow for a one-time accessories cheat. Thinking about the latter point I’ve decided to open this experiment up to more accessories. The fact is I absolutely love shoes (shocking I know!):

This is just a tiny sample of my shoes, they also populate the closet in our front entry way and embarrassingly an entire cupboard above my desk at school. I also think that there may be some in the basement and garage but those are the strictly utilitarian shoes.

I also think that I do need some new shoes (I can hear Raine laughing about this one right now) since some of my shoes have seen better days. Or at least that’s what I’ve convinced myself. I would also like a few new bags (I need a brown purse for one) and some other accessories like jewellery, scarves etc.

Based on all of these wants, umm I mean needs; I will give myself 5 bag challenges, 5 shoe challenges, and 5 “other” accessories challenges. This way I will mix things up a bit and also be able to hit up some different/specialty stores. Plus I’ll be able to indulge in the shoe craving I’ve been experiencing recently…Week 4 may be the week to finally get my fix!

Week 3 challenge

20 Feb

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With two relatively successful challenges under my belt I’m feeling pretty good about this experiment! So far I haven’t experienced what I will term (and I’m sure others have termed) an EFF (epic fashion fail) and I’m very encouraged by that fact (I think the term EFF is an appropriate descriptor that could potentially be used in this experiment, as in  “what the EFF is that?!”).

On to this week’s challenge that will hopefully not be an EFF! Since the Fall/Winter 2011 collections have been showcased and it’s still pretty cold out I think that my mind is still in Winter mode (Spring is just around the corner though right?). Unfortunately, fashion-wise I’m still kind of drawn to dark colour palettes so what better way to structure this challenge than around the classic little black dress (referred to as the LBD from now on…bear with me, I’m a scientist, I like my acronyms). I saw this dress in Gucci’s ready to wear collection and I thought that it was very classic and chic:

 

Gucci $1340 CAD

It is a belted boatneck dress made of black bonded flat cotton jersey. I’m not sure if I’ll pair a belt with it since I’m short-waisted and I have a really hard time finding belts that look good on me but we’ll see! I figure that a dress like this is a perfect wardrobe staple since it’s completely work appropriate and would be great to have on the off-chance that I get a job sometime soon (please send me your positive vibes!).

Wish me luck! My next post will be Tuesday’s episode of Triumph or Tacky? and I’m also going to discuss and update the rules (yet again!) in another post this week.

 

belted boat neck dress.

 

 

Description
  • black bonded flat cotton jersey
  • back zip closure
  • leather belt with metal buckle
  • 47% cotton, 45% polyamide, and 8% elastam