striped dress

I was totally inspired by the stripes of this dress while getting ready yesterday. These pictures make me think of a effortless french girl who has a closet full of classic pieces and can whip up an outfit in less than 60 seconds. I've been trying to bring my wardrobe to represent that feeling by investing in clothing that is well made and are pieces I could wear for years to come.

I'd been looking for a denim jacket for a few months and had gone back and forth between a few. I knew I really, really wanted the J Crew version but wasn't sure about the price (being a gal on a budget, this purchase kind of made me hyperventilate. No coupons?!). I also knew if I were to purchase any others I would have regretted it and wished I had chosen the one I truly wanted.  I had some shopping money saved up for our trip to Chicago and even thought about it some more while we were there. Well, I finally did it! And it felt so great to save up and purchase something I know I will literally wear for the next 10 years. Maybe longer, because a denim jacket will ALWAYS be a closet staple.

I also splurged on a few pairs of denim, some dresses, and sandals. Those were all on sale... of course! I'll always be a savvy shopper!

Dress - Dorothy Perkins c/o Gwynnie Bee
Jacket - J Crew
Sandals - Madewell (similar here)
Tote - H&M
Hat - Old Navy
Sunnies -

xo, Mercedes