Dress Like FLOTUS for Less

Monday, July 1, 2013

Most people agree that Michelle Obama has impeccable style. Not only is she flawlessly put together and appropriately dressed for every event, but she often sports emerging designers who then become household names (Jason Wu, for example). Prior to Michelle (excluding Jackie AND no offense to other First Ladies), First Lady Fashion, or FLF, was yawn-worthy. Pant suits (who cares if it is Armani if it looks like Alfred Dunner), boring and ill-fitting shift dresses and helmet head were synonymous with FLF prior to MO. Yikes! Thankfully, our eyes have been saved. Well, in 2009, Michelle Obama wore a gorgeous striped shirtdress by Sophie Theallet to an event. That particular dress retailed for close to $2,000 (she found it online, because she is just like us y'all). A fan of shirtdresses, I've been lusting for it since. The Limited (following the lead of Target, who have had two hugely successful collaborations with Wu), wisely launched their own collab with Theallet. At the heart of the spring 2013 collection? Four striped shirt dresses inspired by the very dress FLOTUS rocked in 2009. Although a fraction of the original $1,925 price, the dress still fell outside of my clothing budget at $118. Since March, I've been waiting for price reductions. In May, I scored the lavender version online for $18 ($100 off) and was pretty proud of myself, even though I really wanted the navy version of the dress.
I had a Sophie Theallet shirtdress. Life was good. Then yesterday, while running errands, I found myself at the mall. While repeating "I will not shop...I will not shop..." over and over in my head, I found myself wandering into The Limited when I saw the 40% off sale signs. By some small miracle, there was one navy blue striped shirtdress, and it was in my size! Even better? It was reduced to $19.99 and was an additional 40% off the lowest price. The girl at the register reminded me that it was a final sale item and couldn't be returned. Who would return this?! I couldn't be happier with my purchase! 

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