Do you see the demure, T-shirt-like neckline, the trim-but-not-super-fitted silhouette, the lightweight-but-lined fabric (okay this is not visible). It's the perfect basic dress in my head made real.
It's also rather expensive for me because I rarely spend so much on clothing. (Also because I think A.P.C. is overpriced, no matter how much I like them.) This dress sells for S$575 in the A.P.C. boutique in Singapore. On A.P.C.'s international online shop, it's 248 euros with shipping, which works out to be S$429.
It doesn't look that appealing online, but trying it on, it fit like a dream. One of those things that require no adjustment after you put it on. Perfect fit on the shoulder and waist, hit the right spot above the knee.
When I discussed this with friends, the reaction was uniform: "I wouldn't pay so much for such a plain dress."
And yet why not? I suppose their response comes partly from not having actually worn the dress, and touched it for themselves. But I also know that for some, there isn't a point in buying an expensive garment that isn't obviously expensive. This is why people buy status bags.
And for others, spending so much on clothing at all is absurd, and wasteful. I'm the same in some ways. There's a reasonable limit to what I will spend on clothes.
But this dress challenges me to rethink my limits and my principles for shopping. Do I need another dress? Definitely not. But does any dress in my wardrobe come close to fitting like this one? Definitely not.
This dress also comes at a point where I am upgrading the not-so-well-made items (bought when I was poorer, but with no less a need for clothes) in my wardrobe. I have some clothes of which I love the design, but have always been bothered by the construction, and when I find a better replacement, I give the old one away. I could think of at least 2 dresses this dress could replace. But is it worth the cost?
It's been a week. I'm still thinking. At this rate, the dress will probably sell out in my size by the time I decide. Or even better, go on sale.
Anyway, this whole affair reminded me of this post from Le Portillon, who has started blogging again, incidentally.
Pictures from totokaelo and la garconne