Hello everyone!  Hope your weekend is great so far.

It’s a known fact that I love to shop, especially for deals that I can scour from places like sample sales, online flash sales, TJ Maxx or outlet stores.  One of the places that I need to pay attention to is my own closet.  I don’t think I have a lot of clothes but some friends that have seen my closet said I had too much while others thought it was not enough.  I personally think it is subjective…a girl can never have enough clothes, shoes, accessories, etc…!

I’ve learned in my early 30s (yes, I’m a late bloomer in almost everything!) that buying staple pieces was worth the investment.  A peak into my closet will find that I have a fair amount of classic staple pieces  that I can go back time after time.  This is one of the ways that I shop to stretch my dollars so that I don’t have to spend a bundle to look stylish for each season.

 //dress: Armani Exchange (old, similar here)//earrings: Zoetik – thank you (last seen here)//necklace: Olivia Welles – thank you!//bracelet: Zoetik – thank you//shoes: Steve Madden (last seen here)//

Recently, while rummaging through my closet, I found this maxi dress crumbled with another dress.  So, it was in hiding for the past few years and I had forgotten about it.  I was so happy because I’ve been looking for it for the past couple summers and sort of gave up.  I remember purchasing this dress 4 years ago at the Armani Exchange outlet store.  I wasn’t going to buy it but the dress was made of 100% silk, the color was black, and it’s a maxi style (still on trends today).  All pointed to “the investment piece” staple.  What sealed the deal was the price.  The original price was $159 but was marked down to $29.99, and on top of that I received an additional 30% off.  That was a steal!

Each time I wear a staple piece like this I try to refresh the look by adding a statement necklace, bracelet, and/or earrings.  Thank goodness the maxi trend is still alive and well.  For this look, I paired it with the bib necklace that I recently received from Olivia Welles.

I love the color of the stone, and the size of the necklace fits just right for my small frame.  If you have not heard of Olivia Welles, check out their entire collection here, and they are having 30% off on all regular price jewelry right now.

Thank you so much for visiting and have a fabulous day!


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  1. Fantastic to rediscover such a classic and beautiful dress. It looks divine with the necklace.

  2. I agree. There is no need to keep on buying. It’s more fashionably challenging to reinvent old fashion items, plus also easier on your budget! 🙂 That’s some cute maxi dress. If I had that in my closet, that wouldn’t be forgotten for sure! Ha!


  3. What a nice dress! And you’re right. A great staple. I can’t believe I don’t actually own any maxi dresses. I’ll have to get one.

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  4. Such a lovely dress…I love when I discover things in my closet!
    The color of the necklace is really pretty!

  5. I love re-discovering lost and forgotten items in my closet. Beautiful dress and I love the necklace 🙂

  6. You got an Armani dress for less than $30?! Amazing! And it is gorgeous – I am so glad you found it in the back of your closet! I also love that necklace – I feel like it will go great with so many things!

    • Janise Reply

      It’s Armani Exchange but it is still a great deal! Thanks for stopping by, Ashley.

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