How I Bought this Dress & Fancy Friday linkup

how I bought this dress again

Okay, so this is another story of how I had this dress before and now bought it pre loved again. Maybe you think, what is she talking about. You might want to read back here. But this story is even more fun! For me anyway, lol. I styled this dress two ways and would love to know which one you like best!

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I’m going to tell you the story about this dress. When I came to work in 2007 at Steps, a trendy ladies fashion store, I first had a month of training in Enschede to be a shopmanager. During this month you did not have the privileges of buying the clothes with a 50% discount. And what came into the collection that month? Right! This dress. And I was in love with it straight away. I loved the beautiful colors, the frivolous design and the high low hemline. In short, the dress was crying out for me to buy it.

But I gave it a damn buying it for the full price. Luckily the person who trained me was so sweet to buy it for me and I was so super happy with the dress! I enjoyed it for years, until it was completely washed out and worn out. A long time ago I saw this one on the online pre loved site and I decided to buy it. By the way, this design sold so fast that many were designed in various color combinations. So this was a bit of a surrogate dress. And in the meantime it is no longer a dress but a skirt.

Oh I am so thrilled about this gorgeous dressblack outfit with a shimmering dress

And then ….. I saw the dress and in my size online! Of course I had to have it. The lady who sold it had barely worn it and I got a nice discount from her too. I paid € 7.50 for the dress. And the black is just as deep black as it once was when I bought it! Gosh I am so happy with this one. I can’t believe that after 13 years I found that dress again. I remember I wore a short black cardigan back then over the dress and cognac boots. I don’t have those boots anymore but I love these underneath. You already saw them here.

I styled the dress two ways. As you can see the waistline of the dress is a bit to high for me. So in the second look I am wearing a belt to make the waistline lower. And I thought perhaps black leather leggings and suède wedged ankle boots would look better. But I prefer the shorter cardigan( which I tied at the back so it looks like a bolero) and the cognac boots better! But with the belt. Did you ever buy the same item again?pre loved dress

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PS: Maybe I alter this one in a skirt too, as I think it is a bit to short for me. What are your thoughts??

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77 Comments

  1. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Nancy what a luck you found it thrifted again. You look amazing and itβ€˜s not to short. I enjoyed your story.
    I wish you a great weekend 🌸

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Tina, have a great weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Anna!

  2. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    It’s the perfect dress for you and all the more precious because you bought it twice! The same thing happened to me with a green and navy patterned skirt, I wore it out and then saw the same skirt on eBay and snapped it up!

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Aren’t those the best finds! Thanks Gail!

  3. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Ha! I can see why you bought that dress again! Beautiful! And I truly can’t decide which look I like best. They are both fabulous!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Michelle!

  4. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    What a great story Nancy. Love that you found it again. It is a lovely dress.

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

  5. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    What a story! I can understand why you like that dress so much but what a journey! Somethings were meant to be and you owning that dress is one of them!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      So true! Thanks Kellyann!

  6. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Great story Nancy , it goes to prove what a great dress it is , that you fell for it twice. Many thanks for hosting Nancy, enjoy your weekend.

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Indeed! Thanks Jill, have a good weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Indeed, and that after such a long time! Thanks Jill!

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Kathrine!

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

  7. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    That’s a beautiful dress and I love the belted cardigan over it! πŸ™‚ It’s so fun you could find a piece that was so special to you! πŸ™‚

    I once thrifted a dress I was sure I had owned before – same style and print, just different colours. Unfortunately the thrifted dress fell apart πŸ™ But a few years later I found a photo of me in the old dress! And I did, so briefly, have owned and wore the same dress just in a different colour! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the link up πŸ™‚

    Hope that you have a nice weekend planned ahead of you πŸ™‚

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, funny is that isn’t it! Have a great weekend Mica!

  8. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Nancy, what a fantastic dress! And how great that you were able to find it again! I hate when my favorite things wear out beyond repair and very rarely can we ever find the exact same thing to replace those worn out favorites. That is a lovely gift from the universe that you found the dress in your size again. You look wonderful in it! I really like the color palette and the fun pattern and the cool handkerchief hem style of the dress. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much! I love it too but I wonder if I should make a skirt out of it?

  9. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    I can see why you wanted to buy it again, it’s such a beautiful dress! it looks gorgeous on you!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Jill!

  10. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    What a treat to find something you loved before, pre-loved, again! It’s like running into an old friend when you are nowhere near home. I had the same experience with a backpack/purse. And I love the new color combination even better than the old!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Liz!

  11. Caroline
    23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    That dress is so pretty Nancy! I work at a ladies clothing shop and I try hard not to buy everything! Haha. Have a great weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, I never could resist new collections!

  12. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    How lucky are you to find the dress again??! I would be so delighted too! It’s absolutely gorgeous, and you look fabulous in it. I can’t decide which look I prefer because I adore them both!
    Have a fabulous weekend, Nancy!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Suzy!

  13. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    That is such a unique dress and beautiful on you! I can see why you would re-purchase it, and am so glad you found it a second time. I would definitely buy some of my favorites again that have become worn out if I had the chance. Thanks for sharing the amusing story. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Di!

  14. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    I adore this dress with the cognac boots! So rich and lovely.

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Ha what good! Funny is that isn’t it!

  15. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Oh Nancy this dress is the ultimate!! It’s gorgeous every single way you’ve styled it up!! Love it!!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Lucy!

  16. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Aww! Thank you for featuring me as your ‘favorite’!

    Lovely dress and great looks! This dress looks really pretty and how great that you managed to buy the exact same dress again after all these years!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      My pleasure love! Thanks!

  17. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    How lovely that you found your favourite dress again, and in your size and in perfect condition too! Of course, you had to be buy it again, and I can’t believe you only paid € 7,50 for it.
    Your first styling, without the belt and with the tan boots, is my favourite!
    Wishing you a wonderful and hopefully sunny weekend Nancy xxx

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      I like that one the best too, but feel I need to wear that belt with it! Thanks Ann!

  18. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Wow, Nancy, you having that dress was meant to be! ANd it is lovely. The tapestry design in those rich browns and bronze is just gorgeous! I like it both ways but somehow the version with the cognac boots just speaks to me. I guess I like the contrast and the emphasis on the brown tones.

    xx Darlene

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Yes I like that version better too! Thanks Darlene!

  19. Joanne
    23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    How lucky to have found that dress a second time!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Indeed!

  20. jodie filogomo
    23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    Now that’s a fabulous story Nancy. You know you’ll get your money’s worth when you wear something out like that. And to have it again is serendipitous!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      It is, I loved that dress so much!

  21. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    What a fabulous story! And how wonderful to have a second chance at love πŸ˜‰ I often think back fondly on garments that I adored but no longer have and wish that I could find again. Your tale gives me hope.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Yes I do that too, especially with clothes that I wore when I was in puberty! Loved so many of my outfits!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      I guess so Emma, thanks!

  22. 23rd April 2021 / 18:22

    That is such a story behind that dress! I just love how it looks on you! Gorgeous!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Laura!

  23. 24th April 2021 / 18:22

    I adore this handkerchief hemline and how funny that you bought the same dress you had before. I have also rebought something that I used to own, but in both cases, the things I rebought were likely mine. One was a skirt that I’d given away to a friend – I found it again a few years later at Value Village and bought it again (it’s long-gone now). The other was an eelskin bracelet in blue that I owned back in the 80s. I donated it decades ago, then saw it in a thrift store a few years ago – it had to be my own bracelet again! of course, I bought it.

    Thanks so much for the link-party, Nancy!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, now that is a funny story! Much better then mine!

  24. 24th April 2021 / 18:22

    I love the story behind this dress! So cute!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Grace!

  25. 24th April 2021 / 18:22

    I love the hem of this dress and those leggings with it!!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Heather!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Amber, have a great start of your week!

  26. 24th April 2021 / 18:22

    Hi Nancy
    I dont think it would be too short as a skirt ! I can see why you loved the dress! I love the hankerchief hem and the scarf style print. You look so good in black, love the layering. I have been mostly buying Poshmark thrifted items lately.
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      It’s not a good collection this spring is it, in the shops! I only see things 15 year old would look good in! Thanks Jess!

  27. 25th April 2021 / 18:22

    It’s just meant to be! I have rebought items that I have owned before because I love it that much. I am so glad you came across the dress of your dreams again. It looks stunning and fits you so perfectly!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Maureen!

  28. 25th April 2021 / 18:22

    I did that with a jumpsuit, bought it in a smaller size! I think maybe I should be something in two sizes to help with my fluctuating weight! Lol.
    Jacqui x

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, that’s a idea!

  29. 26th April 2021 / 18:22

    That’s such a lovely dress on youβ€”I can see why you’d be so excited to be reunited with it. I love a good happy ending!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, me too Cheryl!

    • nancy
      Author
      26th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

  30. 27th April 2021 / 18:22

    Such a lovely story. Aw the joy of finding a pretty bargain. The skirt of it is amazing. You know I am a huge fan of vintage so really stoked you found something you love!!! And thank you for hosting Nancy. xo Sabina

    • nancy
      Author
      28th April 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Sabina!

  31. 28th April 2021 / 18:22

    What a gorgeous dress Nancy! It’s not too short for you, looks very stylish with tights and boots. I say, keep it as a dress.

    ❀️carmen

    • nancy
      Author
      28th April 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, thanks Carmen!

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