In the world of fashion, everyone has an opinion about when to splurge and when to save. In my opinion, you should splurge on classic pieces, that will carry you throughout multiple seasons. By splurging on wardrobe staples, you get more bang for your buck. This is why I’d argue that if you’re going to splurge on a dress, it should be a little black dress.
There’s no denying that a LBD is a wardrobe staple, so if you have to spend a little bit more to find something you love, it’s justifiable. You can wear it time and time again, while always feeling sophisticated, professional, beautiful and maybe even a little bit sexy.
But…considering I practically live in dresses during the summer, I need more than one! The problem is, summer is such a short season, so I can’t justify spending a lot of money on a dress that may only get worn a handful of times in a year. This is why I typically like to go the “save” route when I’m shopping for summer clothing.
Needless to say, I was excited to partner with my friends at the Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga – just outside of Toronto. With over 120 stores to choose from, the Dixie Outlet Mall is one of Canada’s largest enclosed outlet malls, so you know there’s some serious deals to be had. They provided me with a $150 gift card to use towards putting together a stylish, summer outfit.
Upon arriving at the mall, It didn’t take long before I found some great pieces. Bluenotes was a gold mine for affordable boho clothing, all of which would have looked adorable with the accessories I saw at Ardene. I left those behind, since I wanted a cute dress that would take me from office to patio to dinner party. Since I typically do well at Winners, that’s where I went hunting for dresses. Of course, they had tons of great options to choose from and almost all of them were very reasonably priced. I ended up with a beautiful white eyelet dress, since it fit me like a glove…and it had pockets. I would even go as far as saying that this dress may be cuter than my other white dress!
Next, I went to the Aldo outlet, where I found a pretty, pastel pink bag with an oversized bow on the front. Very designer-inspired! I also couldn’t help but try on some of the fun and trendy statement sunglasses they had on display. I went with a girly, oversized pair, with pink accents to match my bag, since yes, I love to match! Last but not least, I wandered into the Laura Outlet. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting to find anything “trendy”, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful marble and gold choker. So yes, they have trendy pieces.
Dress – Winners
Handbag – Aldo Outlet
Sunglasses – Aldo Outlet
Necklace – Laura Outlet
All and all, my look came in below my $150 budget. The outfit and individual pieces I left with are girly, versatile and perfect for summer. A great #DixieDeal, if you ask me!