Tuesday, July 2, 2013

L'amour

Outfit Details:
Cutout Dress (L'Amour Nanette Lepore): jcpenney
Jelly flats: J.Crew (old)
Heart ring: Urban Outfitters (sold out)
Daisy ring: Mom's




This is the dress that I mentioned in yesterday's post.  I wasn't planning on getting a dress from JC Penney (is it JC Penney or jcpenney?  Has this changed?  I never know), but when I saw this one in the juniors section, I knew I had to at least try it on.  I love the shape and vibrant color, and the print is so interesting, with the hand-drawn anchors, lions and daisies. 



I thought these two rings were really appropriate for this dress (and the name of the line)!


I learned a really valuable lesson about sizing the day I got this dress.  Specifically, a lesson about not getting hung up on sizing!  This dress (and whole line) is from the juniors' section.  When clothes are cut for a juniors line, they really aren't well-fitted for larger bust or hip sizes.  Logically, I know this, but there is a certain amount of vanity involved when shopping for me; not only do I want to look good in clothes, but I do get a certain satisfaction about knowing I am a size ___, etc.  There have definitely been times where I don't want to buy something in a size larger, because I don't want to have to think of myself as wearing a size 10 (instead of my normal size 8)!


When I went to try on this dress, they were out of size 9, which would be my first pick for my size in the juniors' section under normal circumstances.  So I tried on the size 11, thinking it'd maybe be too big, but could work.  To my shock, I couldn't even zip it up!  I really loved the dress though, so I decided to try it on in a 13 for kicks, expecting it to be too big.  Lo and behold, the dress was pretty much perfect on me.  It looked great, but I definitely felt bummed about having to wear a dress that was two sizes larger than what I thought my normal size would be.


And then I tried on a different dress from the ladies' section.  They were out of my normal size 8, so I took the size 6 they had into the dressing room, assuming it wouldn't even zip.  It ended up fitting perfectly.  So here I was, able to wear both a size 6 and a size 13.  I'm fairly certain the other dress I tried on probably ran a little big, but it just goes to show that you can't get too hung up on the size you wear.  Because I've bought quite a number of vintage items on Etsy, I've gotten pretty good with knowing my current measurements, which has been helpful.  But when buying items in a store, you kind of just have to take a chance sometimes, since we don't have universal sizing.  I know people who cut out the tags in their clothes, which I think is a good self-confidence booster, but I think I can just be secure in the knowledge that you never really know what'll work until you try it on.  :)






I love these little jelly shoes.  I bought them 2+ years ago, before jellies were back in fashion.  I'd like to think I was ahead of the curve on that one.  But I guess it was just that J.Crew was, really.


My grandma is coming up from Florida today!  She's here for the 4th of July, though we're not doing really anything exciting that day -- we're having our big family party on Saturday instead.  But I don't get to see my grandma very often, so I'm looking forward to spending time with her!  

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xox Sammi

17 comments:

  1. Love this dress- I never have great luck at JC Penny, but it looks like you found a treasure! Love those rings too <3 Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  2. Eeekkk, this is so pretty! I love pink on you, it looks great against your dark hair! I also want your rings, so cute!

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  3. Ahh you always find the most amazing prints! I hate when that happens in sizing though, so frustrating!
    xo Hannah

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    thebraidedbandit.etsy.com

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  4. I would have never guessed that this was from JC Penney (I don't what the right way to write that is either); it's so pretty and it looks expensive! That sunflower ring of yours always makes so happy too.

    I really loved reading this about sizing because I think everyone can relate and I know I can. I'm actually the same size as you, and it's always so frustrating when I have to size up. I always tell myself it's just because of my chest or hips, but places honestly do size differently. And when it comes down to it, no one sees the size except you. I really love your thought on this :)

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  5. You sweetheart, I don't let sizing phase me! the way I see it every dress is completely different and when you make clothing it's 2 times bigger that your shop size! which is crazy! I think this dress was made for you! I love the shade of pink a really happy fun shade.

    I love how you teamed it with jellies!!! which have always rocked! xxxx

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  6. Super pretty!

    I really think ladies wear should just do it the way men's clothes do. That way you'd know what would fit you because it would be measured in inches! Then there wouldn't be the annoying "I bought a size medium online but it turns out this brand runs small" hassle! It think it would also help ladies not worry so much about sizes, maybe, and just love the way they look in a dress!

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  7. So cute, so cute, SOOOOOOO cuh-YOOT! :D

    And have fun with your grams!!!

    xoxox
    theefface.blogspot.com

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  8. This dress is absolutely beautiful! Such beautiful photos :) xxx

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  9. Oh god, I am so AWFUL with sizes--to the point where sometimes I won't consider buying something if it's not in my usual size. But I've gotten over it a little bit, I think. That sailor shirt I wore two posts ago was actually a large, when usually I'm a small or a medium. I never realized it until after I bought it, and I think that was kind of a step in the right direction... especially since I've always been self conconcious about the way I look and stuff (but ugh, who isn't, right?!). So YEAH I'm really glad that you bought the dress nonetheless. :) And that's a good life lesson indeed. Cutting out the tags... huh, maybe I should do that, lol. I adore you, Sammi!

    That dress really is cute. The bubblegum pink color pops!

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  10. Such an adorable dress! I know sizing can be super frustrating at times though. I just like wearing clothes that fit. But, I love going to Old Navy where I usually wear XS (it's awesome because I NEVER fit into XS anywhere else.

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  11. Your dress is so pretty! I love the print!
    Sizing for me is so weird because I'm such a funny size, haha...nothing in stores ever seems to fit quite right, so I usually end up altering it to the size it needs to be, which is a bit of a nuisance! :P

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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  12. Such a great find! I'm loving the print and the flats you paired it with. So pretty!

    www.thischarmingwanderer.com

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  13. Such a cute dress! :)

    I don't worry about what size clothes say they are - after all no-one sees the label but you! How it fits is the only thing that matters :)

    Away From The Blue

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  14. lovely dress!

    your newest follower on bloglovin :)
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  15. Oh Sammi, you have the prettiest and sweetest dresses! You look so lovely in this one, the prints are so cute too! haha next time I go shopping, I'm going to check out the junior section too.

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  16. The dress print sort of looks Dr Suess-y which is cool :) And don't get hung up on size, it's just a number after all! Although it is kind of fun knowing your size in the kids section lol. My friends always get a kick out of it and make me try on all the little girls clothes because sadly enough they fit >.<

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