The Summer of This Dress

Monday, June 17, 2013 84 0

Crazy Style Love White Dress

Crazy Style Love White Dress

Crazy Style Love

Crazy Style Love White Dress

Jacket:  Gap (similar). Dress: French Connection. Booties: Aldo (on major sale!). Handbag: Balenciaga (similar). Rings: Stella & Dot. Sunglasses: Chanel.

 

I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve had this beautiful dress for many years, and this is the first time that I’ve worn it!  I finally donned this dress last week to an event I attended on the gorgeous rooftop of the Thompson Hotel in Toronto, with it’s stunning views of Downtown.  Too bad I forgot to bring my camera as usual.

 

I purchased this dress in Montreal 3 or 4 years ago, and I made the classic mistake that so many women make.  It was on sale and this was the last size, so I purchased it a 1/2 size too small with the intention of losing 5 lbs to fit into it.  Well, of course the opposite happened.  I gained some weight over the years and it became too tight.  I’m pleased to say that it finally fits again, and I’ve decided that this will be the summer of this dress.  I’m determined to wear it every opportunity I get to make up for the years of hanging in my closet unworm.  This dress just feels like summer to me, and I love that I feel extra girly when wearing it.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who has purchased a dress that was slightly too small just because it was on sale (and of course, it was fabulous)?

 

 

 

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  • Ani
    June 17, 2013

    Jenny, I cant believe you stored this beautiful Dress for so Long in your closet. The embroidery is so beautiful. French Connection has the most stunning dress collection. Also love the Pairing with the neutral jacket and boots.
    hahaha, I bought two pair of sandals that were on sale in 2 sizes bigger because I just loved them, but I go sizes down to if I HAVE to hahaha.

    Ani
    http://www.fleurani.blogspot.de

    • Jenny
      June 17, 2013

      Aww, thanks so much Ani! Ha ha ha, I’ve done that with shoes before too, but I will never make that mistake again. 🙂 I have shoes in my closet that I can’t wear because the small ones are too painful and the large ones always fall of my feet. Well, at least I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to shoes. 🙂

  • Alyssa
    June 17, 2013

    So gorgeous, Jenny! I love the detail on the dress–I’m so glad you broke it out again!

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Alyssa! 🙂

  • sheree@itsnotthatdee
    June 17, 2013

    OBSESSED with this dress Jenny! It is so stunning and congrats on being able to wear it..great motivation to lose weight..buy clothes you wanna fit into 😉
    sheree xxx
    http://www.itsnotthatdeep.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Hahahaha, thanks Sheree! Haha, yes, I should be using that as motivation! 🙂

  • Sam
    June 17, 2013

    Love the details of this dress! I’m still a little afraid of booties in summer, but you definitely make them look good 🙂

    xo
    Sam

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Sam! Haha, the weather in Toronto has been all over the map! Some days are beautiful, most are rainy, and others are still really cool. It almost feels like Spring/Summer really hasn’t hit us yet. 🙁

  • Alice
    June 17, 2013

    Jenny – congrats on being able to fit the dress! I can see why you would have bought this dress, the details on the waistline to the pretty floral lace. I tend to buy things that maybe a size too big so I can alter but never too small with the fear that it will sit in my closet. Can’t wait to see how else you style this dress!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thank you so much Alice! Yes, I also buy things that are too big and just get them tailored. It’s much easier to try to tailor your clothes than to tailor your body. 🙂 LOL

  • Liz C
    June 17, 2013

    That dress is GORGEOUS!!!

    Sprinkles&Sequins

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Liz! 🙂

  • Star White
    June 17, 2013

    Goodness, you look so beautiful! What a stunning dress that has obviously stood the test of time!

    Blessings!
    Star
    http://www.beautyandbows.com/

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      You are too sweet. Thank you Star!

  • Laura
    June 17, 2013

    Stunning dress! You should just wear it all the time! I have bought dresses a size or so too big, so that I can alter them to fit. Of course I wear them once and then they are magically too small for me. This has also happened to dressed I have had made for me. I have come to the conclusion that I am slowly growing in weird proportions or my washing machine shrinks things in strategic places. Neither of those are sounding to good to me!

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Hahahaha, I agree, let’s blame the washing machine! 🙂 Thanks so much Laura!

  • lizette rosser
    June 17, 2013

    cute dress! love the details!

    http://www.thebluecurtain.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Lizette! 🙂

  • Rachel
    June 17, 2013

    I love the pretty detailing on this. Also, saw you in my Mom’s Redbook Magazine- congrats! 🙂

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Aww, thanks Rachel! 🙂 The magazine pic is definitely fun!

  • Nikki
    June 17, 2013

    Love that dress! It is fabulous. And looks great on you!! And I love it with the booties!! I would wear it all summer too!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Nikki!

  • joyshana
    June 17, 2013

    That is one pretty dress worth loosing weight for:) you look stunning, those boots gorgeous, makes the 2 of us because i still have things in my closet am yet to take out the tags hoping to fit into someday lol:)
    Shana-Style

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Aww, thanks Joy! 🙂

  • ashleigh
    June 17, 2013

    Been there, done that. I’m glad it fits now! It’s beautiful! I love that you paired it with the booties.

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Ashleigh! Good to know I’m not alone! 🙂

  • sewpetitegal
    June 17, 2013

    That is a gorgeous dress on you! Also loving the waves you’ve been sporting – makes me want to stop being so hair-lazy 🙂

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Hahaha, thanks SPG! I agree, every time I see my photo with wavy hair, it makes me want to keep curling it. 🙂

  • Fierce & Fashionable
    June 17, 2013

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

    Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Michelle!

  • Emily
    June 17, 2013

    That dress is gorgeous on you!

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Aww, thanks Emily! 🙂

  • Megan
    June 17, 2013

    That dress is gorgeous! Love how you’ve styled it too.

    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Megan! 🙂

  • Janet Mandell
    June 17, 2013

    GORGEOUS!!!! Love the dress cant go wrong with a white dress in the summer.

    http://www.fashion-a-holic.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Janet! I agree, a white dress in the summer is just perfect.

  • Sarah
    June 17, 2013

    Haha I actually have purchased things that were too BIG just because they were on sale. I didn’t plan on fattening up, I just thought it was close enough. Then of course I never wear it because I look like I’m playing dress up! Bad choices… 🙁
    But as for this dress, I’m so glad you get to wear it because I love it! The whole outfit, in fact. Superb!

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Hahaha, I’ve done that with a few skirts with the intention of tailoring them. Then I bring them to the tailors and it costs more to alter them than I paid for the skirt, so it ends up sitting in my closet unworn. 🙁 I don’t make that mistake any more. 🙂 Thanks so much Sarah!

  • Whitley Hamlin
    June 17, 2013

    Looks fantastic Jenny!!
    Hope you are well! xx

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Whitley! I owe you an e-mail. 🙂 It’s coming this weekend, I promise! 🙂

  • Tammy Jones
    June 17, 2013

    Purchasing a dress that’s a little too small because you love it? Story of my life! I call it incentive. 🙂

    You look great in it. I love the choice of colors.

    Congratulations on the weight loss. You rock!

    Cheers,
    Tammy
    Walking in Pretty Shoes

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Hahahaha, good to know I’m not alone. Thank you so very much Tammy! 🙂

  • kiwifahionblog
    June 17, 2013

    Jenny, first of all, congrats on losing the extra weight and fit into this dress after all these years! I honestly can’t tell you gained weight from previous photos anyway, you always look so good! One of the best things is to discovered hidden treasure in your own closet and you look really beautiful wearing this dress. Enjoy it!

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Aww, thank you so much! Yeah, I gain and lose weight pretty evenly on my body, so the only person that usually notices a change in weight is me, which is a good thing. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • Annick
    June 17, 2013

    That is such a gorgeous dress Jenny! Love how you’ve styled it with neutrals – I’m especially digging that jacket! Love how it drapes in the front!

    Bold Subtlety

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thank you so much Annick! I just love the draping on this jacket too. You can’t see it in these photos, but the leather is actually perforated too. It’s fab! 🙂

  • Trendy Mondays
    June 17, 2013

    What a stunning dress and how great is that feeling of fitting into something that’s been waiting for you in your closet! You look great. Love the nude accessories too – perfect additions!

    Trendy Mondays Blog

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Hahaha, you are so right, such a great feeling! Thank you so very much!

  • Niki
    June 17, 2013

    That dress is GORGEOUS!

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Niki! 🙂

  • Laura
    June 17, 2013

    Gorgeous outfit!! Loving the white w/ neutrals. So fresh and summery. It’s stunning!!
    xoxo

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Laura!

  • Kodi
    June 17, 2013

    The detailing is gorgeous on the dress! Congrats on being able to wear it comfortably — don’t we all love when we actually lose those few pounds!
    -Kodi
    grey et al

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Kodi! I agree, it’s surprising how different your clothes feel after only losing a few pounds. Definitely makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin though. 🙂

  • Meredith
    June 17, 2013

    The sequin details on this dress are gorgeous Jenny! Definitely a good dress to keep around…and it’s so versatile! Could be worn with heels or with booties like you did here!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks so much Meredith! Yes, next time I’ll definitely wear this with bare shoulders and strappy sandals. 🙂

  • Donna
    June 17, 2013

    Beautiful dress, you’re looking very slim and trim 🙂

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Haha, aww, thanks Donna! 🙂

  • jewel
    June 17, 2013

    you are definitely not the only one. I am guilty of that as well. But I usually will only do this if the item is on sale.. Have a great day, Jenny.
    Jewel
    http://www.thestyleoptimist.com

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Jewel! It’s the same for me, I only do that if the item is on a great sale! 🙂

  • Jessica
    June 17, 2013

    It is a beautiful dress! I love the neutral jacket/shoes/bag you paired with it!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Jessica! 🙂

  • Maria
    June 17, 2013

    Jenny, I love this dress and the taupe details! You look beautiful as always 🙂

    • Jenny
      June 19, 2013

      Aww, thanks Maria!

  • The Fashionable ESQ
    June 17, 2013

    You’re killing it in this dress. It looks amazing. I have def. purchased things on sale or at the Gilt Warehouse sale that are not quite my size, but that’s what a good tailor is for 😉

    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

  • Shira
    June 17, 2013

    This dress is amazing-glad you’re finally wearing it;) I totally buy things that aren’t a perfect fit-especially when they’re on sale but usually regret it. This dress is gorgeous and you styled it perfectly too!

    http://www.asequinloveaffair.com/

  • Kathleen
    June 17, 2013

    First time wearing it! It’s so beautiful! I love the detail!!!! I’ve been there though, I couldn’t tell you how many odds and ends I picked up just because I convinced myself I’d alter it, lose weight, gain weight….lol.
    This one worked out in your favor though!

    Kathleen of whenjmetk.com

  • Jackie l FWF
    June 17, 2013

    I was going to say that you look thinner — you are looking fabulous darling! And this dress is absolutely gorgeous.

    xo Jackie

  • Elle
    June 17, 2013

    Seriously loving that French Connection dress!! One of my favorite brands!!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  • Fiftyfabulous
    June 18, 2013

    Hi J you look absolutely gorgeous, the dress is very flattering and so feminine! I admire your will power and will to succeed in slimming down! I plead guilty to the same mistake, buying things one size smaller thinking that I will fit into it soon.
    Lovely ensemble with the jacket!
    FF

  • Kathleen
    June 18, 2013

    So stylish! Love your neutral color palette.
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  • Kacie
    June 18, 2013

    Amazing! Head to toe, I’m in love! That dress is gorgeous!

  • Cindy
    June 18, 2013

    You look amazing!

  • Nicole
    June 18, 2013

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous! And you’ve paired it so well with that blazer and those booties. Beautiful look!
    Nicole
    http://www.younglovestyle.blospot.com

  • Laura
    June 18, 2013

    Jenny you look beautiful in this outfit! I really love how you have a white dress with texture paired with more neutral colors. It is simply beautiful. Will you be visiting NYFW this September? Will we finally get to meet in person?

  • Sandy a la Mode
    June 18, 2013

    i LOOOVE this neutral outfit! that dress is soo gorgeous on you! and i totally do that too… buy clothes too small for me if i LOVE it hahah!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

  • thehautecookie
    June 18, 2013

    the intricate detailing on the dress is superb! xO!
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  • Cami Diaz
    June 18, 2013

    Gorgeous dress Jenny. Super feminine and classy.

    Oliviamoone.blogspot.com

  • Head to Toe Chic
    June 18, 2013

    I love your jacket with your pretty white dress!!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechicblog.com

  • Andréa
    June 19, 2013

    LOOOVE this dress. I love finding things in my closet that I have never worn & have forgotten about.

  • Chelsey
    June 26, 2013

    Seriously, that dress, that jacket = perfection!!! I’m glad you held onto it, I wouldn’t have let that one go from my closet either!!! Wear it with pride bc you and the dress both look amazing!!!
    -Chelsey
    http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      June 26, 2013

      Aww, you are the sweetest, Chelsey! Thank you!

  • Trish
    June 27, 2013

    I’m checking in again after about 4 months and I immediately noticed that you slimmed down… I remember that was one of your resolutions… It must feel so satisfying to have achieved your goal and to get to wear that dress as a reward!! Congratulations, you look great!

    • Jenny
      June 28, 2013

      Aww, thanks for coming back to visit, Trish! And thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, it is definitely extremely satisfying to know that I can fit into this dress again, but I still have a little bit of a ways to go. Seeing results definitely motivates me to keep on going! 🙂