Frankly, I’m the kind of gal that relies heavily on a good night’s sleep, so my nights out on the town are definitely numbered now that I can’t sleep in until noon. My borderline anti-social tendencies, however, do allow me to rely on the same two or three basic pieces every time I go out in public and need to look semi-presentable. Sadly, however, I’ve grown somewhat bored. With fall around the corner, it seems just the right time to add a little something new to the rotation.
So in an effort to widen my options, I’m always on the lookout for good deals on well-made, relatively simple clothing that will give me greater range, but still last into next season. That, of course, is why I have such a major girl crush on sites like Gilt Groupe, ideeli, and the Outnet.
While many of the sale prices presented on these outlets are still way out of most women’s budgets, every now and then you can find a price that you can justify by the quality and durability of the clothing and design.
Enter Shipley and Halmos’s Jansky dress, in a beautiful nude silk crepe, courtesy of Gilt Groupe.
Shipley and Halmos Silk Crepe Jensky Dress (Gilt Groupe, $149)
It’s exactly what I want and need and have to have for the end of summer and into the fall, and while I might ditch it over the coldest of months I can definitely see it making a major return in the spring.
Yes I know, $149 ain’t cheap, but it’s certainly better than the starting $434. For me, it’s worth that price due to the high quality of the materials and craftsmenship, the great fit I’ve experienced with the brand, the perfect color and cut (for me at least, although I’m not so sure about that model…), and the blank slate it offers for accessory play time. I’m not a romantic, but if I was this dress would be “the one.”
Assuming I can actually commit to the purchase (major buyer’s anxiety over here), there are about a thousand and one ways to wear this dress. I think it looks quite beautiful on its own with a pair of pumps, as shown above, but I can’t wait to try it with my riding boots and perhaps a fur vest over a September weekend in Manhattan.
That’s the beauty of a neutral, multi-season staple like this: no matter how your taste tilts, and no matter what trends are dictated from above, you’re ready for action.