I can’t remember if I’ve told you guys this story or not, so bear with me if I have. Once upon a time in 2010, I used Rent the Runway for the very first time (#earlyadopter) and fell head-over-heels in love with the dress that I wore. (You can see photos of that day here. #Throwback) Turns out, it was already sold out everywhere so I didn’t have the option to buy it. I stalked eBay for about 3.5 years without any luck. So sad!
Then one day this past September, I was walking on 5th Avenue and saw that Rent the Runway was having a sample sale at 260 5th. I immediately had this feeling that my dress was in there. (If you haven’t already figured this out, I’m f*cking crazy.) It was the last day of the sale so it was kind of a mess — I realized that the dress could just be in the wrong spot. So I searched and searched and searched some more. I rummaged through every. single. rack. there. I finally found my beloved size 4 on a size 8 rack. For like $50 or $60. #HAPPYDANCE Yes, it’s been worn by one million different girls and wasn’t in perfect condition, but I just had to put an end to the 3.5 years of searching. She’s hanging happily in my closet as we speak.
Anyway, when I saw this Vineyard Vines dress at their Spring preview in November, I was absolutely smitten! The navy dress with off-white rope detailing reminded me so much of the dress that I obsessed over for years. But it had sleeves!! (I’m a total sucker for a short dress with sleeves.) I knew I had to make it mine. While the suspense of having to wait until spring for the dress to become available pretty much killed me, I finally got the dress a few months ago!
And now for some not-so-fun news… Since we’ve had the worst spring here in New York, I was just able to wear this dress about a week ago. And now it’s sold out. I feel like history is repeating itself and now you’ll be on the hunt for a magical nautical dress for years to come. Maybe try checking your local Vineyard Vines store? Good luck!!
On a side note (apparently I am full of stories today), I feel like I’m going through the same situation right now with the Tibi Lobster Dress from last spring. Major Savers Remorse! I search for it at least once a week without any luck. If you EVER see it anywhere, please let me know!! #ShoppingKarma
Vineyard Vines Dress c/o | Red Valentino Bow Wedges via Nordstrom Rack (very similar) | Clutch from Marshalls (old) | Michael Kors Watch | Capwell + Co Ring | Barton Perreira Sunglasses | Essie ‘Blanc’