(ACTUAL dress! You can buy it! And it’s on sale!!!)
Dress : Target (Xhilaration Summer ‘11) $19.99
Cardigan : Target (Mossimo Fall ‘10) $10?
Wedges : Target (Xhilaration Spring ‘07) $ inflation-makes-it-irrelevant
Purse : Nine West (TJ Maxx Spring ‘09?) <$20 because that’s my TJ price limit
Instructions for a Sarah-Soon-To-Be-inspired look :
Go back in time at least eight years. Enter your local Target store. Collect random items you think you “TOTALLY need” or “could wear with _____ outfit” off the clearance racks. Repeat quarterly, at the least. Wear a few items until threadbare, leave tags on a few, and forget you ever bought the others.
(Fast forward to the present)
Impulsively buy a bright, colorful sundress you’d normally never be drawn to. Leave it in the bag for a week after you come to your neutral&boring fashion senses. Be too lazy to go across the street to return it.
Notice the ratty purple cardigan you discarded into the heap of clean-but-worn clothes on the floor next to said Target bag matches crazy-Sarah’s fun dress perfectly. Have an “aha” shoe moment about those red wedges you’ve been meaning to donate for years.
Pair with your buttery yellow cross-body bag – mainly because it gives you full function of both hands and therefor maximum beer-consumption efficiency, but also because hey! it matches!
Note that you probably cashed in some karma points on this outfit magic. Be ok with that.