had to have it
I bought this because I had one of the moments where you just can't bear to leave something behind. I wasn't 100% certain that it worked on me, but I liked the way it looked, I liked the print, and all those folds were very appealing to me in how they swished about. I usually refuse to buy things I know I won't get much wear out of, but I made an exception this time.
The price definitely had something to do with it - I bought it at office clearance sale, and it was very reasonable for an unworn Paul and Joe dress, and it just seemed silly to pass it up. I would be happy just to see it hanging there, looking pretty.
It goes against the grain of my buying philosophy and I am just a tad ashamed for being competitive about shopping (buying something because you can't bear the thought of a good buy in someone else's hands). I had a similar moment at a sale a few weeks back, where I nearly cracked and bought a Neil Barrett wool and jacquard dress completely wrong for the weather, not to mention far too fancy for my life.
This dress is a far more sensible option, though perhaps still a bit fancy for most days. At the very least, I can give it away to my more glamorous older sister, who will have no problem rocking it just to go shopping.