Thursday, February 7, 2013

OOTD: At this point, you should not be surprised.

Yep, I did it again.

I once again wore something pajama-like to work.  I wonder if displaying a proclivity towards pajama-like clothing is a symptom of any major disease or disorder?  Or if it's just the biological imperative of winter?

Whatever the situation, I bought this "dress" from J.Crew Factory last week for something like $25.  The main appeal of the garment was, of course, its pajama-esque qualities and warm-weather appropriateness.  However, when it arrived, I was dismayed to see that it was quite sack-like in cut and, on top of that, I apparently ordered a larger size than needed.  (I went with a medium.)  Witness:

Right?  I mean, that's just no good at all.  Plus, even though it doesn't look like it in the picture, it's sort of on the short end.  So, really, the worst of all worlds.

(Incidentally, a few of us were talking in the comments yesterday about the difference between Kate Spade and Kate Spade Factory (we think there is a very small difference, if any).  This got me thinking about J.Crew factory, and how dramatic the difference in quality can sometimes be between J.Crew and its Factory store.  (Don't get me wrong; I love the factory store and shop there often.)  So, are you a factory store shopper?  If so, have you noticed that some brands are better than others at preserving consistent quality across their retail/outlet shops?)

Despite the relative meh-ness of the dress's cut, I loved the color, feel, and weight of it.  I made the best of it, because on one's first day back at work after taking a few sick days, and when one still has a significant amount of dental putty still in one's mouth, one really doesn't want to stray too far from her previous "post-op casual" dress code.  Plus, it was final sale so I didn't really have an option. So pajama-like sack dress it was.

^ Me making the best of it.  I'd smile, but it would pull at my stitches. :-\

I threw a belt on it, as you all have been encouraging me to do to vary the endless stream of jammies I've been showing you lately, and I like the way it worked out.  The dress was (obviously) comfortable, and the belt made it look more tailored.  I tried to keep the rest of the outfit simple with legs and shoes that mostly matched each other.  I don't like nude tights, which somewhat limits my options when I want to be subtle with my legs in winter.

So even though I wouldn't necessarily recommend this dress, it was cozy, cheap, and I feel like I will probably get my $25 out of this thing.  And maybe it will shrink in the wash?  A girl can hope.

In this Outfit:
J.Crew Factory Boatneck Sweater Dress in Graffiti Green (M)
Anthropologie Bowed Lacerta Heels (8.5)
Michael Kors Purse
Marc by Marc Jacobs Marci Watch (here)
Kate Spade Lever-Back Earrings
Anthropologie Cockle Shell Tights (old)
Anthropologie Punch Card Belt (old)
Anthropologie Necklace (name unknown?)
Glasses c/o GlassesUSA (review here)

I'd like to offer a special word of praise for this necklace, which was given to me as a post-DC bar admission gift.  I have no idea what it's called, but it's extremely lovely and gets compliments like nobody's business.  It works well as a statement necklace, and yet has a classic vintagey flair to it.  Unfortunately, I have no idea how long it will hold up since the clasp is already broken and I've noticed some discoloration around the the main chain.

But ahh, it will be loved while it lasts.

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