Going Out: An Alice + Olivia Dress I Had to Have

I usually avoid purchasing “dressier” dresses because I rarely get to wear them.  On occasion, however, I encounter a dress that is so fly I create opportunities just to wear it.

Last weekend, I spotted a navy Alice + Olivia dress in a TJ Maxx Runway store.  It has a pleated bodice, an asymmetric tiered skirt, and an open zipper in the back.  I knew I was in trouble as my excitement over this dress rapidly escalated because I noticed the yellow Alice + Olivia tag, which meant the dress was probably pricey.  I was right, too, it’s a $396 dress.

Guess what though?  The dress was on clearance for $59!

I was worried the dress wouldn’t fit because it’s a size 10.
It looked like it would fit, though, so I insisted on
trying it on.

A deal worth framing!

I’m planning to wear this to a fashion and beauty event I’m attending in a few weeks.  Hopefully, the Amrita Singh statement necklace I ordered on hautelook will be here by then.

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16 Comments

  1. April 2, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    That dress is perfect on you.

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks! I saw it on the rack and thought it looked like my size despite what the tag said 🙂

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:25 pm

      Girl…that's why i had to make an exception and purchase this one 🙂

  2. April 2, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    And the Fashion Gods smiled down upon you… What a terrific find! I love a navy dress… well, navy anything.

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:26 pm

      Yes, and I wish the fashion Gods would do that more often. Ha!

  3. April 3, 2012 / 12:20 am

    Oh my God, what an awesome bargain! I love Alice + Olivia, so right now I'm super jealous of you! What a fabulous find!

    Sara from A Modern-Day Lady

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:27 pm

      So, you surely understand how major this score was. I saw the label and was planning to humor myself by looking at the price. I'm still stunned by what I saw.

  4. April 3, 2012 / 1:09 am

    No Way! Why con't I ever find A+O in my TJ-Maxx??? You lucky girl, great score!

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:29 pm

      If you've got a Runway store, I'll definitely go visit now. I saw dresses by Akiko, Leifsdottir, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and so many more fab designers. Many of them were already on clearance too!

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:30 pm

      Right! These are the kinds of deals that force me to break into a spontaneous happy dance in the store. Ha!

  5. April 4, 2012 / 2:29 am

    Gorgeous! And I love your clutch! Is the dress "belt-able" so that you could add a thin contrasting belt?

    • April 4, 2012 / 4:32 pm

      For sure. It's absolutely belt-able. I'm thinking about belting it for an event that I'll be wearing it to soon. Since it's so short, though, I'm still on the fence about breaking it up with a belt. We'll see… 🙂