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Yesterday, I shared with you the first of two dresses I bought not long ago on a whimsical trip into Marshall’s. (I bet Marshall’s loves hearing that I make aimless trips into their store to peruse and end up buying two lovely dresses.) My Kate Spade dress, despite being discounted, still set me back a bit. I made a wardrobe investment. This Elie Tahari dress, however, sang a different tune.
I rarely scan the clearance racks at Marshall’s. I often review them in regular stores, but the clearance racks at Marshall’s seem like the leftovers of the leftovers. I love leftovers, but I have my limits. Today, though, Marshall’s proved me wrong. This Elie Tahari dress (in one of my favorite colors) screamed my name especially when the contrasting yellow price tag informed me it cost only $20 (a dress that generally carries of a $150-$200 price tag).
My skepticism kicked in hard, and I scoured the dress for stains, tears, and I even checked the zipper wondering if maybe it was discreetly broken. I found no flaws! My next skeptical step brought me to the dressing room, where I believe I discovered why so many others had passed up this dress. Without the proper undergarments, the front outline of one’s downtown coverage presented it’s ugly head. I wondered why with high quality material and a nice liner this happened. For $20 and under a reasonable return policy, I brought the dress home and tested out a few things from my own top dresser drawer to see if I could make this piece work wonders for me.
And…no lines in the photos! For the cost of a couple movie tickets (without food), I got myself a gorgeous, brand new, Elie Tahari dress. I consider it a serious score! After my Kate Spade gem and this wonderful find, I took two steps closer to my perfectly curated closet! (Yes, like the Kate Spade dress, I continued to follow my “one in, one out” guideline, so this beautiful number allowed an older dress of mine to find a new temporary home in the donation box, which I anticipate will ultimately find my sister’s closet before landing at a thrift store.)
Do you have any major steals you snagged from the jaws of the clearance racks?
I love the little details on the dress too that add character like the exposed zipper up the back (that I forgot to photograph) and the varied hem length in the front relative to the back.