There’s something about this shirt (also seen here) that calms down an outfit. Why would I want to calm an outfit down, you ask? Sometimes geometric-patterned tights (seen on my second outfit post ever) and flouncy girly skirt needs a little gravity.

So I can anticipate this shirt being a staple in my closet for a very long time. Well worth the too-high price tag.

I tend to be really tight-fisted about average, daily purchases, thanks to my tighter-than-liquid-leggings-student budget. But when it comes to major purchases, investment pieces (a watch, a bag, camera, or computer) I tend to splurge and then rationalize my purchase by any means necessary. Does this happen to you too? Please tell me I’m not alone.


Photos by HB!

P.S. – I’m selling my iPad (WiFi version) since I never use it and already have my laptop. Email me if you’re interested! Free shipping. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. 03.28.2011 / 2:09 am

    i am totally the same way! i buy a lot of cheap high street clothing, but when it comes to coats/jackets, shoes, and bags and anything classic i splurge. i mean if i know i'm going to be wearing it for a a long time or reach for it often, i think it's totally worth it to make the investment. in the end, we 're actually getting more bang for the buck! well, that's what i tell my hubby. ๐Ÿ˜›




  2. 03.28.2011 / 5:34 am

    I am so there with you when it comes to buying more expensive pieces. I, though, live on a student budget and it is sometimes disturbing how much such a purchase cuts into my daily budget. I really think long about it, but some things (camera, phone, pc, bags, coats etc.) afe worth it. These pieces will be used for so long and should stay pretty, so it is worth it!

    I ADORE this outfit, so pretty!! Love that camera bag, I think that might just be the next splurge!

    • 03.29.2011 / 4:46 pm

      I'm the same way with the student budget + big purchases cutting into my daily budget. Right there with you, Anja!

  3. 03.28.2011 / 6:37 am

    I just live my life like I'm living on a student budget so I understand the neccessity of making well thought out purchases. I tend to put more money towards accessories and jewelry. That shirt will last you a lifetime though. My mom still has the perfect chambray blouse that she bought from a store about 20 years ago. I think it's Landsend.

  4. 03.28.2011 / 7:11 am

    I just made a splurge on a gorgeous Coach bag in Atlantic City. And before I bought it I walked around the store with it justifying the purchase to myself (on a student paygrade, $132 is a lot). "It's gorgeous." "It's a good size, a neutral color, and great quality. I'll use it every day for years and it'll be worth the money!" "It's a great sale!" (no, really. The original price was near $400. I have no idea how I lucked out on that one) "It's worth it." "I work hard. I deserve a reward for killing my eyes daily." And then went to the register and bought it. And use it daily. The best reasoning for an expensive purchase. ๐Ÿ™‚ And when it looks as cute as your outfit does, it makes it worth it.

    • 03.29.2011 / 4:46 pm

      Sounds like such a great deal! Congratulations! I couldn't agree more, if you use it every day it ends up paying for itself.

  5. 03.28.2011 / 7:48 am

    All the time… you are most definitely not alone!

    Ahhhh those tights are love!!!

  6. 03.28.2011 / 7:48 am

    This look adorable! The patterned tights and chambray shirt are perfection!

  7. 03.28.2011 / 8:12 am

    I am totally the same way about investment purchases! We are not alone ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 03.28.2011 / 8:56 am

    I am the queen of justification. You are definitely NOT alone in that!!!
    But even apart from my royal tendencies, your shirt is a totally justifiable wardrobe staple. Nice purchase.

    Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

    • 03.29.2011 / 4:48 pm

      Haha I loved that…"royal tendencies"…I have my own, to be sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. 03.28.2011 / 8:59 am

    Definitely – splurge first, rationalise later… that strategy has always worked for me! I love the skirt you have on in this post – a perfect neutral for summer. Hope your weekend was good. x

  10. 03.28.2011 / 10:12 am

    ahh i love these geometric tights! so funky fresh and your so right. this skirt is the calming element so you dont look like a crazy pants. lol.

    cute to boot as usual my dear :)) xo, Kim

  11. 03.28.2011 / 10:54 am

    I have a similar denim shirt that I've taken to pairing with everything!! My favorite is knotting it over a dress that's a bit too much for the occasion. Instantly toned down! That said, I love the outfit – especially the tights. While I've been open to playing with colored tights, I've stayed away from patterns. Looking at you here, it seems like that was a mistake. They make the outfit!!

  12. Lynn Z.
    03.28.2011 / 11:16 am

    Besides the outfit (and model med student!) being stunning and chic, that camera bag is fabulous! If you didn't tell us (and show us) it was an actual camera bag, I would have never guessed it!

    • 03.29.2011 / 4:50 pm

      Isn't it wonderful??? Did you catch my review of it–it shows the inside. So chic and organized.

  13. 03.28.2011 / 2:38 pm

    I am the same way when it comes to purchases! However I too have been wanting to splurge on a well made chambray shirt

  14. 03.28.2011 / 3:15 pm

    DAAAYUMM! I love this! Such a great outfit you styled and now I'm thinking how I can style my identical tights like that the way you did! Gorgeous photos, lady!

    • 03.29.2011 / 4:51 pm

      Haha thanks Andrea for the laugh! "DAAAAYUMM!"

      I love that you have the same pair of tights and now you know you HAVE to style them up too! <3

  15. 03.28.2011 / 3:28 pm

    Hi sweetheart, I love your look! That skirt is stunning, I adore the pleats, especially in the back. Lovely!

    x Anika

  16. 03.28.2011 / 10:11 pm

    RT @PrttyShnySprkly: style post "geometric" feat. @madewell1937 @Forever21 @THEITbags & @MichaelKors via @shopbop

  17. 03.28.2011 / 10:54 pm

    Beautiful outfit! I agree – an easy going chambray shirt can really even out an otherwise ultra-girly too much outfit. I really like how this turned out. I also want those tights super bad!

  18. 03.28.2011 / 11:47 pm

    Girl, you are most definitely not alone!! I am this way with purchasing designer jeans, gadgets, shoes and I'm sure some other things. There are just those certain items that you have to splurge on by any means necessary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 03.29.2011 / 10:27 am

    I definitely believe in investment pieces. I'm always upset when I buy cheaper items that fall apart within the first month of wearing it. I'll buy cheaper things if I'm trying out a trend that I may not be as interested in, in a months time, but otherwise I usually wear and re-wear my clothes so I'm not turned off my investing in less pieces that are a little more expensive. Like that chambray shirt! You'll wear it all the time and definitely get your moneys worth. I wear mine almost every weekend, such an easy neutral shirt to throw on and go!

    p.s. not sure how I missed the older double rainbow post, but I love that outfit. So classic and wonderful in every way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 03.29.2011 / 1:46 pm

    I always rationalize purchases, haha. It's a gift. I actually talked myself out of that same shirt and I've been regretting it ever since. Now I have three chambray shirts that were all cheap but I don't like any as much as that one! I agree that the shirt does a nice job of "neutralizing" the geometric tights!

    xx, Katrina

  21. 03.29.2011 / 10:30 pm

    I really just need to go and buy that camera bag. I can't get over that it's a CAMERA bag – not a purse. Love it.

    Oh, and you don't look too bad yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your geometric legs have me in a trance!



  22. 03.30.2011 / 9:49 am

    I have a really tight budget as well. I work full-time and am debating whether I should get a part-time job too- one to pay bills & one to shop with! Shopping is addicting!!!

  23. 03.30.2011 / 11:45 pm

    Love the tights! They are so fun and interesting. I have a favorite denim top that works perfect with all of my vintage rhinestone necklaces without them seeming over the top for day.
    Just came across your blog- Love it!

  24. 04.01.2011 / 8:13 am

    Wow, who doesn't love shopping? Anyway, i like those clothes, a lot.And the purse looks terrific, the polish also it's grate.
    Thanks for the post.

  25. 04.09.2011 / 6:47 pm

    Is your watch Michael Kors? I believe I have the same one.

    • 03.28.2011 / 7:21 am

      Kristina, gotta be honest, most of my major purchases involve shoes. Stuart Weitzman, Ralph lauren, Via Spiga,–well that is my weakness and where ALL my major justification comes in. I DO like the pink skirt and can see why you love it too. This isn't my favorite outfit but then some of your outfits actually educate me on new fashions, so I will have to see if it grows on me. For example, I wasn't sure if I loved your sheer top and the darker pants in one of your other outfit posts–now I am seeing it everywhere! HA! Thanks for the fashion direction.
      Might be interested in IPAD. Emailing you for specifics!

  26. 04.26.2011 / 7:41 pm

    Every time I see that camera bag, I'm reminded of how badly I NEED it!! Love the colors in this outfit, too.

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