Dark Side

Do you ever buy a dress and you love it so much you don’t want to wear it? Let me explain. I love this little white dress. I want to wear it every day. But then I talk myself out of it — ‘you’ll get something on it‘ or ‘save it for this day or this occasion’ or ‘if you were this dress, you can’t eat ketchup so maybe don’t wear it.’ I don’t know why I do this to my favorite things, saving them for a rainy day. But I put an end to my hoarding ways and wore it all weekend mixing it with flats or heels, depending on where we went.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who buys pretty things, loves them to pieces only to store away in her closet away from the light of day. Oh wait — yep, I’m the only crazy person who does that. Don’t do as I say or do, ok?
I bought these shoes with every intention of wearing them for fall. I have to be sneaky with fall shoes because it’s not cool enough here for full on coverage shoes like booties, but I still want it to feel like fall. I feel like these booties will do the trick. Plus they are actually comfortable, something I cannot say about a lot of my shoes. I’m getting to the age where I can not lie about comfort any more — what was once comfortable at 24 is now excruciating at 29. Is my love of heels waning you ask? Never. My feet are just going to have to learn to love it … or possibly learn to go numb. I’m fine with either. 

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(see how I styled this dress the last time I wore it)

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  1. lavieenliz says:

    so cute!!! love that bag!!


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  2. Emily Jones says:

    What do you recommend to wear under shorter flowy dresses like this?

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  3. Meg says:

    I do the same exact thing. I always "save" pieces I love so much, and then I never end up wearing them! Glad to know I am not the only person who does that.

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  4. I do the same thing… sadly. haha I'm glad I'm not the only one. Also, just let your feet go numb. It's the only way.

    from – The Lion's Den

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  5. Love this dress the last time and I think I love it even more now! I definitely keep certain pieces just hanging pretty in my closet or just displayed. You're not alone;)
    xo Adri

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  6. Jessica says:

    Legs for dayysss. Black and white and edgy all over!

    26 and Not Counting

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  7. amy says:

    I am scared of white. Don't wear white around kids!! I am not sure you follow Kendall, but her style is like yours. She loves dresses!! Her blog is styledsnapshots.com

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  8. Natali says:

    Beautiful and girly dress and these shoes are perfect!


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  9. footnotes and finds says:

    yes i know what you mean! I save up a lot of my new pieces waiting for the perfect occasion! This white dress is beautiful! and love those killer shoes 🙂


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  10. Beautiful black and white. Little boho and very chic!!


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  11. Kendi Lea says:

    haha wouldn't you know i hung out with my niece and nephew in this dress! maybe not the best dress to do that in?? 😉

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  12. Oh I totally do that! It's like no occasion is as special as the dress, so I wait and wait and then the season is over and I never wore the damn dress. Ridic. Love this outfit and glad you didn't wait on it 🙂

    Dana @ The Closet Confessional

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  13. Holly + Casey says:

    Yes I definitely have had that experience. Beautiful dress!

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  14. Yes of course, especially on white, it looks adorable, love the sleeves and cute with those bootie 😉

    xo Jenny

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  15. Lindsey Brittain says:

    I do that all the time with my favorite clothes. But I saw some advice about life being too short, so we should use the "good silverware" every day, so I've been trying to do that–not saving things I love for a special occasion.

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  16. Sarah Howard says:

    I think we're all guilty of doing that! This dress is so fun and summery! I love your style, Kendi!

    xo Sarah

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  17. I have this dress too and I have the same problem, I'm too afraid to eat in it! Love how you style it!


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  18. This outfit is seriously yummy! Those shoes, I'm dying over here!! And yes, sometimes I buy things and they are SO good… I don't want to wear them until just the right moment!! xoxo

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  19. S says:

    I literally do this ALL THE TIME in clothes. It is the most ridiculous.

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  20. Zoe says:

    I do the exact same thing! I have about a billion dresses lurking in my closet, things I'm "saving" for a special occasion, items I'm hiding away that I don't want to wear out too soon. But the dress you are wearing here is gorgeous and should be worn absolutely everywhere! It's too beautiful to hide away in a closet 🙂 xx

    The What's In Between

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  21. You're not the only one! And then I can't resist so I end up wearing it!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
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  22. Feyi A says:

    lovely dress! x


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  23. Monic says:

    Perfection !
    Simply Sutter

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  24. Beautiful dress! Love the shoes and the bag too!




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  25. kate says:

    Kendi, you are so looking hot and sexy. Please share your secret so maybe I can get lots of new things too. Do you get free stuff, discounts, commission? How do companies know if your readers are the ones who buy their merchandise? Pleasssssse share how you get all these nice things.

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  26. nikki says:

    that dress is stunning!



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  27. I totally do that! Also, I lust after white things like that dress but never buy them for the same reason. I have 2 kids, soooo… I probably would get something on it. So my neighbors probably think I'm a goth queen, haha.

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  28. shyusized says:

    I totally do that too! I get new things but then I'm afraid when I wear/use them they'll get dirty, so I end up keeping them in my closet for months before actually wearing them… I just recently started to break out of this habit and I'm so glad I'm not the only person that does this haha.

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  29. I'm pretty much the same. I have so many dresses that I've picked up the last several months from summer sales and decided I didn't want to ruin anything for "just a dinner out with friends". I'm not panicking because it's August (how?!) and these are summer dresses! haha


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  30. Such a lovely dress! And I'm the same way. I'll buy a dress that looks gorgeous on the hanger…and it somehow ends up staying on the hanger until next summer!

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  31. Francisca says:

    Nope! Totally do that too. ALL THE TIME. That is one pretty dress.

    ~ franciscamay.blogspot.com

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  32. Jillian says:

    Love the simplicity of this look! Fab shoes too!!


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  33. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    love this white and black look!


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  34. Melissa says:

    Love the shoes!! At 47 my feet beg for comfy shoes. Why is it so hard to find cute shoes that don't kill your feet?

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  35. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    A) I "save" pieces all the time and it drives me nuts that I do it but glad I'm not alone B) Those booties are incredible. I'd be wearing those nonstop! and C) You rock a swing dress girl!!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

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  36. Caroline says:

    I'm totally with you, you're not crazy (that crazy) 🙂 Love this outfit to pieces!

    xo Caroline

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  37. Jackie says:

    I do the same thing. It's like, I don't want to "waste" a wear or something. I realize it's a bit crazy, but it makes sense to me.

    Loving the dress! It's so flowy and pretty and it looks great with those killer shoes.

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

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  38. I always want to save my good stuff for good days! As if its going to mean more if I wear it to a different event. Its a crazy thought process but you arent the only one!


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  39. Kimi says:

    I totally know what you mean. It kind of goes along with the quote "the fear of wasting a great outfit on an insignificant day". I always save my amazing clothes for significant days, only to realize that any day could be significant…right? Unless I know of some amazing event I need to wear it to! But yeah, I know what you mean. Lol.

    xo Kimi

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  40. Mica says:

    That is such a cute flowy dress 🙂 I do the same thing – I'm always "saving" clothes to wear later, for a "better" occasion. I'm trying to stop doing it so much, as it means I rarely wear my favourite pieces!

    Away From The Blue

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  41. Ingrid says:

    I, too, save things because I like them so much… But it is especially true with anything white… I "save" them until they are no longer in style or don't fit… Then I feel badly about the waste… Thought I was alone, but now I realize there are many of us. You look great! Glad you didn't save it for some better time!

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  42. kateprs says:

    It looks like there are a bunch of us out there who save our pretty things! I do it because I don't want to ruin them. So, I guess that's going well. I'm glad to hear you've been wearing this dress a lot! You look fantastic 🙂

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  43. Megan says:

    cute outfit, like this cute dress a lot , want have such too

    greetings meg


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  44. Ketty says:

    You are looking beautiful and very cute in this outfit. i love your shoes too.

    Cheap Brazilian Body Wave Hair

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  45. Rachel says:

    I recently did a HUGE clear of my wardrobe (closet) – the idea being that I only kept clothes that I love. Why not wear something you absolutely love every day?? Ok, easier said than done, but that's my aim.

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  46. Thistle says:

    I do that all of the time. I guess I don't want those special pieces to lose their magic.

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  48. Shoshana says:

    I do think that way but what always come to mind is…. that's what dry cleaners are for. You look great in this dress. I'm not usually a fan of this peasant inspired type of short in scale type of dress, however it looks great, especially since you styled it with such a great sandel/bootie. You look really pretty.

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  49. Maren Murphy says:

    Yes! I do this too! If I have a piece that I know I am going to wear for an occasion, I don't wear it until then. I also don't cut off the tags until I actually walk out of the house with my clothes…maybe that makes me crazy…? I a saver who can't commit!

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  50. Agi says:

    Cute dress!!!!! I am the opposite.I can't wait to wear any new piece i get.



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  51. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    this is totally beautiful! 🙂 adore the boots and the pretty details on the dress. ah! perfect

    ladies in navy

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  52. fashiondiariesbyk says:

    So cute, love that dress, looks so comfy!!

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  53. Tara CW44 says:

    Super cute. I'm loving "shapeless" dresses right now!


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  54. I love this look, and I also love that none of it is crazy $. Thanks for this being accessible to babes on budgets!! <3


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  55. Amy says:

    I used to save almost all of my new shoes so they wouldn't get scuffed or wet or dirty. I'm almost over it.

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  56. Melanie says:

    Haha, I've totally done that. This dress is really lovely–I'm glad you decided to wear it, even if you had to go sans-ketchup all day.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

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  57. Tracey O'Dowd says:

    I do the EXACT SAME THING with my favorite most beautiful clothing pieces as well *sigh* it's a daily battle we must overcome!

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  58. Esonia Knight says:

    great dress

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  59. Jessica says:

    Love those heels! Sexy and chic!


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  60. MARTA says:

    Beatiful dress and shoes! The combination is so chic!


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