The Basics: My Self Invoked Rules


I’ve always been prone to the occasional purchase that ends up hanging in my closet for months, tags still attached, until I remember I bought it. Or the, “I’ll wear this all the time it’s so fun” piece that I only wear once. Not that those pieces are bad. Fun is good. Fun creates variety. Yet, when I have too many “oh how fun is this,” pieces I often find myself saying “I have nothing to wear.” Anyone else? Or, maybe I’m alone. Either way, I was recently asked to describe myself in three words. I said practical and sarcastic (fun, huh?) and I can’t remember the third word I used (#MomBrain). In that vain, I decided to start applying practicality to my wardrobe by invoking 3 rules for 90% of the purchases I make:

1. Can I wear it with at least 3 other clothing items in my closet and 2 different pairs of shoes? If I can answer “yes” then it’s a go. This works with dresses perfectly. Is it too dressy to pair with a pair of sneakers? If so, I should probably think twice before buying it… unless it’s a “special” occasion dress (like my wedding… just kidding).

2. Can I name 3 places where I would wear it? Can I wear this piece to lunch and date night? Can I wear it to a shower? To a meeting? How creative can I get in the dressing room in about 5 minutes? If the options are flowing,  it’s a go.

3. How trendy is it? All pieces are likely to fit a certain trend of the moment, but asking myself if I really think the item will be in style the following season helps me make that decision.

So…. based on those 3 self imposed rules, I opted for this dress, twice. When I was deciding what I wanted to wear to Hawaii on a night we have planned out, I went between several different dresses. I kept looking at brightly colored, tropical prints. While I love them, and think they are so “fun” (that dang word again…), I wanted something I could wear all summer…. and change up with different accessories. Knowing how much I already loved this dress in olive, I decided to opt for the white version knowing that I can wear it over the next few months. And can I just add… these kicks are absolutely amazing? Super comfortable, lightweight… for sure my go to #SummerKicks.

{Outfit Details || Tank Dress: Topshop (have it in white too, wearing size 2 for a looser feel) | Shoes: Lucky (so comfortable, 3 color options) | Jacket: Nordstrom | Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff (love this option too) | V Necklace: Gorjana | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Pendant Necklace: David Yurman}

tank dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

tank dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

tank dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

tank dress, itsy bitsy indulgences





tank dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

sneakers and backpack, itsy bitsy indulgences


  1. Such a great slip dress! That color is gorgeous on you!

  2. Those are good rules! I will have to keep them in mind.