Early in July, Kyle and I took a trip with his family to Tennessee. The outlet malls there are crazy cheap. I bought five dresses for $100. That's less than I'd pay for one dress at Anthropologie! Granted, the quality isn't quite as good and I'm not as in love with them as the items I splurge on at Anthro (otherwise I wouldn't splurge on them), but...they make for fun additions to my closet. The one pictured below is from the Vanity Fair Outlet. $20. The shape of it is a bit out of my norm...the big batwing top with shoulder cut-outs. Plus it's a bit short. But I'm trying to branch out. And the purple color is really pretty, and I don't have much else that color in my closet.
I've worn it once already with purple earrings and Steve Madden sandals with rainbow colored jewels all over them. Very matchy-matchy. I would never never never have paired the purple with the pumpkin-brown shades. I had been trying on a printed navy and brown dress and the shoes and belt matched the brown shade perfectly. I stripped off the navy dress to try on the purple one, and I left the shoes on. And because the belt matched the shoes, I tried on the belt with it. It worked okay, but I needed some accessories to tie it all together. I pulled out the necklace which was my grandmother's and that I think I've worn once, and it all came together. A dress style I wouldn't normally wear. A color combo I wouldn't even think to pair. And a necklace passed down from my grandmother to top it all off.