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It's Spotty

After all of the conversation yesterday about Outfit Photo Gawkers, on this rainy day I was the only crazy person wandering about in the park. I almost missed my ogling friends, because, if I say so myself (and I do) I love this outfit!

I purchased this dress a few weeks ago on a lazy Sunday while Mr. BF and I were strolling up Newbury Street. We popped into Zara, ostensibly to look at the men's clothing, and this dress was hanging right in front. It practically jumped off the rack and into my gleeful, waiting hands. I essentially lounged in the dressing room, just hanging out in this dress, while Mr. BF shopped.

I received a number of compliments today, but honestly, despite it's obvious appeal, I don't think it was the dress. I think a lot of people don't even notice what you wear, but they certainly notice how you feel while you're wearing it. When you are uncomfortable or uncertain about your clothes, even if they look great, you don't. You end up looking uncomfortable and uncertain! I think this is why we fall into the 20/80 rule of wearing 20% of our clothes 80% of the time - we know we like and feel comfortable in the 20%, so we keep wearing them.

Every time I do a major closet clean out, my goal is to get to the point where the only garments I have in my closet are the things I really love - I want 100% of my closet to by my 20%! It's a work in progress, especially for someone who keeps saying, "Oh, but once I take that to the tailor, it will fit perfectly!". But I know that the more things in my closet that I truly love, the easier it is to get dressed every morning, and the happier I am with my daily sartorial choices. And the happier I am, the more beautiful I am!

How about you? Can you pare your closet down to the things that make you feel amazing? I'd love to hear about your closet-taming experiences! (And check out Awkwardly Chic's Out of the Closet series!) Also, a huge thank you to all who have voted this blog as Best Local Blogger on Boston's A-List. There are still twenty-two days left, so, if you haven't voted, please swing on over Boston's A-List and cast your vote for The Boston Fashionista!

Dress: Zara
Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)
Trench: Zara
Necklace: Daisical
Ring: Modcloth
Watch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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  1. omg i want this ENTIRE outfit!! including the nails- great idea! Happy weekend- hope we see sun soon :)

  2. @Jaime @ La vie...J'aime Thanks! I'm hoping it will stop raining for the weekend...I hope I hope I hope.

  3. Ramon Ramon6/24/2011

    That is a seriously seizure provoking ensemble. You look cute.

  4. That dress is fabulous, good choice! As for the closet thing, I totally agree with the 20% rule because I so do that! haha it would be nice to LOVE every item in my closet though!

    Have a great day!

  5. Anonymous6/24/2011

    oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

  6. Legs for days in that last picture - wow!

    I'm constantly working on a project I like to call "Closet Refinement." I want to know that I could reach blindly into my wardrobe and love absolutely anything I pulled out.

  7. I LOVE that dress! these days I'm wild for leopard, and I especially love how this print gets bigger along the center! It's really flattering :). Thanks for your comments!

    --Megan//The Martian Tide

  8. I love everything about this especially the nails and the shoes! You look amazing! I'm definitely guilty about wearing the same things over and over most of the times. & yet I'm ALWAYS shopping- how does that happen? LOL

  9. Love this dress! I love the blurry photo because it reminds me of an animal running like a cheetah (different colors of course)

    Live Life in Style

  10. I don't even know where to begin. This outfit is AMAZING on you, Kristen! (I'm also completely stealing this manicure.)

    I've spent the last week visiting my mom on vacation and she loves to take me shopping. She thinks everything looks good on me (I know, she's awesome) but I've leaened over the years only to let her buy me things that *I* really love. If I don't absolutely adore it, it just hangs in my closet.

    Paring down what's already there is a different story -- I'm not so good at letting go, even if things don't fit or don't make me feel that way. I'm learning, though, and prepping for a move sometime soon is helping. I don't want to pack and move a bunch of things that I never really wear.

  11. Love.That.Dress!!!! Love Zara too! Great find and looks great on you!!

  12. the first photo is SO CUTE. and i love your bunny ring. xox

  13. i absolutely love this dress! what a great funky mini! i need to find something perfect like this for summer.

  14. @Bostonista Oh I SO hear you! This is why Jaime laVie, Michele Musings and I are all on shopping diet!