2012-09-17

Sample

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Dress? French Connection sample (here) Boots? Ash (similar here w/o studs) Clutch? Gucci, thrifted (wheee!) Earrings? Vintage, gift from my parents Nails? Bahama Mama by Essie (here)

If you have read my blog for any length of time, the following sentence will be of no surprise. I love this dress. Afterall, short dresses with long sleeves are probably my favourite thing... besides kitten whiskers and brown paper packages tied up in string.
In general, I am a big fan of most French Connection stuff; especially when Winners (T. J. Maxx) gets a big shipment and prices most of it for $19.99. Even better is the sample rack at the front of the French Connection store in Vaughn Mills. Clothing samples are fun! The designs are sometimes a bit wackier, the prices are great and it's a link from the design process that many people never really think about. Most items on the sample rack at French Connection are usually marked as a size 10 but it's a little like a thrift store in that sense, because the fit goes from quite tiny to rather roomy.  I saw this dress on the sample rack and wholly approved of it's short hem, long sleeves, tiny shoulder pads and swingy shape. Best of all, the fit was just right; like Cinderella's shoe... though thankfully, no prince was included with purchase.

18 comments :

The Suburb Experiment said...

My ears (or I guess my eyes) perked at the mention of "a bit wackier". I'm not sure where I could find someone selling samples, but I'll have to look into it.

I like the edgy boots!

Consider Me Lovely said...

I'm not really one for black dresses, but your dress is so divine! I love the shape and details.

newpetite said...

Love the whacky dress! The structured shoulders is awesome!

Sarah said...

Ugh you kill me with all of your cheap finds. Love this. And I know a lot of people think long sleeved dresses look old fashioned, but with a shorter hem. HELLO!!!

Natasha Fatah said...

Great finds! This whole outfit is great, love the booties, and that forest green purse, and those burgundy nails - all perfect for Fall!

~Natasha Fatah~

The Merchant Project said...

I am huge fan of TJMAXX I love seeing them get some love in the blogoshpere.

Also the graffiti background is hot. Xo - Catherine

Jennifer said...

I love most short, long sleeved dresses too lol

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Andrea Kerbuski said...

short dress with long sleeves?! A girl after my own heart! That fits you so well and I love how you styled it. Love that clutch (wheee!)

his little lady said...

You are too cute, girl! Love short dresses with long sleeves. There is just something so babydoll fabulous about them. And those shoes are perfect with it. Love how you say no prince included. Too funny!
xo TJ

Laura said...

Such a cute outfit! I love the simplicity of that amazing LBD. Also, that clutch is AMAZZZZING.

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com

Sorren said...

OOooooo I have yet to experience samples [Halifax is too little for that sort of thing] BUT now that I'm in Montreal I'm hoping to get lucky. This french connection dress kind of lucky. I am also a BIG fan of long sleeves and short hems... although I suppose I won't be too picky when I happen upon my first sample. I may let a couple short sleeved, long hemmed options in.

Joanne M said...

LOVE the simplicity of this outfit and it's great that you didn't over style it. Such a great look:)

xo, Joanne

Anonymous said...

Nice to see those lovely legs again! : )

compradora anonima said...

great look

Natalie said...

I really love this dress! It gorgeous and you've accessorized it so well with the earrings and booties. I especially love the color of your nails with that clutch!

Natalie
http://aspoonfulofsparkle.blogspot.com/

Adin B said...

I love that dress too! :)

susiemaeday.com said...

Love this dress! I too am a sucker for a short hem and long sleeves.

Mark said...

long legs and short dresses, recipe to kill!