When does cluelessness absolve one of trendiness?
I started crying in Target Saturday night over this dress.
I was obviously on my period.
But the wonderful Art Deco pattern, the colors (my colors!), and the cut were still very much speaking to me. It reminded me of how I wanted to acquire lots of 1960s Alice in Wonderland-type looks as worn by Yvette Mimieux in Light in the Piazza.
My boyfriend, despite his best efforts, is easy prey for tears and dutifully purchased said dress at $60. Not a ton of money, but also not pocket change as we’ve happened to have just paid our year’s worth of property taxes (Disclaimer: in the 2nd most expensive county in the country), and planned a trip to Mexico in the same month.
Said dress is Anna Sui for Target. This was temporarily exciting, as I’ve never really been tempted to “splurge” on any of the “designer” Target collections before. Said collection is based on Gossip Girl characters. Uh oh. Dress is now losing points.
Quick Google search reveals debut of collection in trendy “pop-up” SoHo boutique. (Why can’t they at least let us suburban girls have Target!?)
Dress looks massively heinous in look book as featured in NY Magazine. (NY Magazine?! It’s a Target dress!) Minus more points.
But why would I base my decision on how a dress looks on someone else?!?!
Dress is also rip off of original Anna Sui design from 2007. This actually gains points in my book–from where I see it, it’s less actually based on anything from Gossip Girl, and more of an original Anna Sui. Plus I easily like the Target one much better than the original.
Is it even likely be seen or known by someone else? Nobody who saw the look book would go out in search of it; no one on LI would buy it, and how well-attended would an Anna Sui for Target temp boutique be in the midst of fashion week anyway…
Do I keep it?
Target has a 90-day rumination policy, so check back then…