Lace Dress & Black Accents

July 17, 2012

I sometimes get an idea (or five) in my head and my shopping agenda for the next little while would revolve around that idea. Earlier this year, struck by how much I coveted the Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress (see it on lovely Kat of Feather Factor), I set out to find a less expensive alternative that would satiate my craving for "nude" lace.
J. Crew dress, Ann Taylor necklace, Forever 21 bracelets, Prada bag, and unbranded shoes
My search saw its first ray of hope a few months ago - when friend Jade notified me of the Joie Rori Lace Dress (also available here and here) popping back on Nordstrom's in my size. I was ecstatic about the discovery but the dress in XS turned out to be too loose for me, with the last nail in the coffin being the revealing side view. I was not busty enough to fill the dress so it found a new home in my mom's closet.
Unfazed, I pressed on. This time I ventured into Forever 21 in search of my unicorn in nude lace. The Blushing Mesh and Lace dress was perfectly beautiful and delicate but I thought the quality left a lot to be desired. In addition, it was a little more black lace than nude lace. 
Another option from Forever 21 that I tried was the Lace Overlay Dress (I'll post pictures in a later post). However, the lace was not my cup of tea (I prefer more delicate patterns to curtain lace) - it's too bad because the dress looked wonderful on the model.
My search reached its de facto ending recently - with my friend Cat's help, I was able to acquire the J. Crew Tiered Shift Dress in Raindrop Lace (it is also available as a top in the same pattern) for a steal. The dress in size 00 (this particular style was not available in petite) fits well and runs true to size (but I would urge ladies with bigger busts to size up). The color "apricot mist" is a little peachier than what I had in mind but it was so beautiful that I was willing to overlook this slight deviation from my original plan. This dress is the shorter (and scalloped!) version of the Frances Dress in Raindrop Lace that I tried on a few months ago. I think if the Zarita dress in nude ever gets discounted, I would still buy it but for the moment, I feel content.  

Do you often shop with an item in mind? Or do you like to go into a store with an open mind and let the trip surprise you?

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