INVESTMENT PIECES

June 22, 2016

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If you love it, don’t let it go.

At the risk of sounding like Carrie Bradshaw: Men are like dresses. They’re everywhere! We buy them. We return them. We exchange them. We throw them away. We see them on the street and usually don’t even bat an eyelash. But then there are the ones that are different. The ones you can’t get out of your head. The ones you want. The ones you need. The ones you sacrifice for. With that, let me introduce you to my Givenchy silk dress.

On a humid night in Vegas, I took a stroll to the Givenchy boutique in our hotel lobby. And I stumbled across the dress hanging quietly on the rack. I slipped it on and fell in love instantly. That stomach-flipping, spine-tingling love that only Ricardo Tisci could design. But it came with a hefty price tag. So I bid it adieu, and put it back on the rack.

On a foggy afternoon in San Francisco, I took a stroll to the Barneys sale rack. And I stumbled across the dress, nestled between a Sacai sweater and a Dries Van Noten blazer. Months had passed, but like two lovers stumbling into each other on a street corner, we were reunited once again. Even with a Barney’s discount, it was still a pretty penny to pay. But I took the plunge.

So when you find yourself at the check out counter, battling between your head and your heart, keep the following in mind:

1) Does it make you feel amazing?

Some pieces of clothing transform you. You sit up straighter. You talk differently. You walk differently. If it gives you confidence, get it.

2) Is it versatile?

In my opinion, versatility is the make or break factor for an investment purchase. Can it go from day to night? Meeting to cocktails? Then it’s worth it.

3) Do you long for it?

If you’re not sure, leave it behind. If you find yourself thinking about it a day or two later, then go back and get it.

On a warm night in Brooklyn in 2014, I took a stroll to the bar of my go-to summer nightclub. And I stumbled across a tall Australian wiping a vodka soda off his jeans and cursing. It was his last clean pair before his flight home in seven hours. So he got me a drink and I got him a napkin. And two years later, I found myself booking a spontaneous ticket to Sydney to seek out something I had to put back onto the rack years ago. To my friends bewilderment, I compared my 30-hour journey to trying on an expensive dress you can’t afford. You walk into the fitting room praying that it looks terrible on you. But then, to your incredible inconvenience, it fits like a glove. So, do you buy it?

photos by Javier Oddo

makeup & hair by Betsy Elisa

32 Comments

  • Reply stylencritics July 8, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    I almost envy you for owning this wonderful dress!!!!

  • Reply Anastasia Nicole June 28, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    That dress is stunning on you! Don’t you just love when a piece rolls back around, and on sale!
    xx
    A

  • Reply Lissy June 28, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    I love your style! Such a cute outfit you got there.. :) it really suits you :)

    http://www.frugalityonfleek.com

  • Reply Maë Rzf June 26, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    This Givenchy dress is gorgeous, great choice :)

    blackhairblackdress.com

  • Reply Melisa June 25, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    LOVE this dress, looks amazing on you. definitely one hell of an investment piece!
    http://www.rebelrebel.co | Youtube x

  • Reply christianne June 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I totally agree with you on these investment pieces.
    Xo, Christianne
    http://simplychristianne.com

  • Reply Sophie June 25, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    I absolutely love the writing for this post Lily! Such true and beautiful words! Besides this dress is everything!

    Sophie xx
    http://basicapparel.de

  • Reply betsytodd June 25, 2016 at 2:25 AM

    Love it, nice post

    Betsy Todd | http://www.missygowns.com/formal-dresses.html

  • Reply Monique | WritingMonique June 24, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Oh my! You look absolutely fabulous in this outfit!

  • Reply Siffat Haider June 24, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    I’m a total advocate of investment pieces! This dress is everything on you.
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

  • Reply Alanda June 24, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    So true! This dress is so beautiful

    http://www.whiteandcapsule.com

    Xxxx

  • Reply emily June 24, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Such a beautiful dress and it definitely looks incredible on you!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

    • Reply Milly November 6, 2016 at 12:51 AM

      Just do me a favor and keep writing such trcanhnet analyses, OK?

  • Reply MyraMyla June 24, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    I follow the same rules, I love owning pieces that make me feel unique and confident and but I really love when the pieces you’ve been yearning for wait for you in the sales too!

    MM, myramyla.com

  • Reply khanhpi June 24, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    You are so beautiful !!!!

    Khanh | Best shoes 2016

  • Reply Sarah-Allegra June 24, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    You look rad in this amazing dress! Absolutely in love with the pics and the amazing setting!

    xx Sarah-Allegra
    http://www.fashionequalsscience.com

  • Reply IMAN June 23, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    This Givenchy number is a little gem! I love its effortlessly but insanely chic vibe, and you wear it really well.
    Much love! xx

    Iman @ Manigazer

  • Reply Daniela June 23, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    So pretty! This purchase was definitely worth it! :) This advice is good to remember.

    Daniela

    http://www.smellofjasmine.com/

  • Reply L Λ F O T K Λ (@LAFOTKA) June 23, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Oh my goodness! This is a dream… Not usually a big fan of prints, but this!!!

    Tatyana x
    LAFOTKA
    http://www.lafotka.com

  • Reply Tamara June 23, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Beautifully written! I definitely take my time looking into every detail when buying a rather expensive piece. I have to justify it to myself before taking the plunge.

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • Reply andy June 23, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Pretty pretty!!!!

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

  • Reply sasha June 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    I LOVE this look! Stunning! <3

    Have a great day!
    xoSE

    http://WWW.SASHAELIZABETH.COM
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  • Reply Vanessa June 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Beautifully written and amazing imagery! The dress is stunning and I agree: Investment pieces are the ones to keep!
    I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

  • Reply Claudine June 23, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Yes, sometimes there are special things or people you can´t get out of your head. And hell, yes!, buy it or try it with that person.
    The only reason to not buy such a dress (or book the flight) is when you are completely broke.
    Otherwise: no excuses!

    And this one here is so gorgeous, I´m sure it waited for you!

    xox
    Claudine
    http://www.claudinesroom.com

  • Reply rosie June 23, 2016 at 5:21 AM

    Investment pieces are so important and this look is heavenly.

    http://www.rosieleizrowice.com

  • Reply Lizza June 23, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    I like your dress!!

    xx LL

    http://www.lalouuula.com

  • Reply Meghan June 22, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Depending if I can afford the item at the moment (often times no), then I put it back. If I think about it constantly…cannot get my mind off it…I get it. I just need to have it.

    Then at times I do have buyers remorse and end up returning lol.

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  • Reply Alice June 22, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Worth every penny! I do that with every purchase, and my personal motto is “If you wouldn’t have bought it full price, don’t buy it just because it’s on sale”!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  • Reply Raysa Garcia June 22, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Beautiful piece!
    Xx, Raysa

  • Reply Taylor June 22, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    I’m definitely the same way when it comes to pieces I can’t get out of my head.. sometimes you just have to bite the bullet, but it’s always worth it when you’ve been lusting over it for so long.
    The dress looks great on you!
    Xo.
    http://www.itswhatsin.com

  • Reply Lizzy June 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Oh my gosh this is one hell of an investment piece! I LOVE it! It looks so incredible on you too!

    http://www.shotfromthestreet.com/

  • Reply Keri June 22, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Omg that piece is so freaking beautiful. I am glad you waited a it more so you could get it on sale :) That always makes me feel less guilty!

    Enclothed Cognition

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