Last weekend was Andy's 10-year high school reunion. I had known about it several months in advance and as soon as I found out about it, I started looking for THE perfect dress. I had wanted to purchase a multi-occasion black dress for a while, but never had an event in mind for which it would be worn. Now I had my chance. I had had my eye on the J. Crew Origami Sheath Dress. Luckily, this one was of the small percentage of petites offered on the site. I waited for it to go on sale. When it went on sale, I decided to hold out for a an additional 30% off sale, but no such luck. It was taken off the sale section when the next 30% off promo became available. I told myself the next time it went on sale that I would buy it. It stayed in the regular price section for quite a while. Because of my faithful jcrew.com stalking, I caught it on sale again the second it was available. I pulled the trigger. I decided on the charcoal because it's a softer than black, yet neutral and flattering on me. So now I've got an LGD (little grey dress).
Next, shoes. Ugh, shoes. I hate shoe shopping in person because my size (5.5-6) is usually sold out. Online shoe shopping can be disconcerting because you can never be sure of how they'll fit despite reading customer reviews. I took a leap of faith and ordered the Naturalizer Lennox in taupe patent. The color is great for me. Nude pumps can be tricky; what melts into your skin can be too pink or too light or too dark for me. I got lucky... super lucky with these guys.
Neither of these items was cheap, but I got a reasonable deal on the dress and can wear it to multiple occasions. I paid full price for the shoes, but I can wear them in all seasons and with 95% of what I have in my closet. While they were both investment pieces, I can now call off my searches for these wardrobe workhorses that will serve me for years to come.