Roped Into It

I can’t remember if I’ve told you guys this story or not, so bear with me if I have. Once upon a time in 2010, I used Rent the Runway for the very first time (#earlyadopter) and fell head-over-heels in love with the dress that I wore. (You can see photos of that day here. #Throwback) Turns out, it was already sold out everywhere so I didn’t have the option to buy it. I stalked eBay for about 3.5 years without any luck. So sad!

Then one day this past September, I was walking on 5th Avenue and saw that Rent the Runway was having a sample sale at 260 5th. I immediately had this feeling that my dress was in there. (If you haven’t already figured this out, I’m f*cking crazy.) It was the last day of the sale so it was kind of a mess — I realized that the dress could just be in the wrong spot. So I searched and searched and searched some more.Β I rummaged through every. single. rack. there. I finally found my beloved size 4 on a size 8 rack. For like $50 or $60. #HAPPYDANCE Β Yes, it’s been worn by one million different girls and wasn’t in perfect condition, but I just had to put an end to the 3.5 years of searching. She’s hanging happily in my closet as we speak. πŸ™‚

Anyway, when I saw this Vineyard Vines dress at their Spring preview in November, I was absolutely smitten! The navy dress with off-white rope detailing reminded me so much of the dress that I obsessed over for years. But it had sleeves!! (I’m a total sucker for a short dress with sleeves.) I knew I had to make it mine. While the suspense of having to wait until spring for the dress to become available pretty much killed me, I finally got the dress a few months ago!

And now for some not-so-fun news… Since we’ve had the worst spring here in New York, I was just able to wear this dress about a week ago. And now it’s sold out. πŸ™ I feel like history is repeating itself and now you’ll be on the hunt for a magical nautical dress for years to come. Maybe try checking your local Vineyard Vines store? Good luck!!

On a side note (apparently I am full of stories today), I feel like I’m going through the same situation right now with the Tibi Lobster Dress from last spring. Major Savers Remorse! I search for it at least once a week without any luck. If you EVER see it anywhere, please let me know!! #ShoppingKarma

Vineyard Vines Dress c/o | Red Valentino Bow Wedges via Nordstrom RackΒ (very similar) | Clutch from Marshalls (old) | Michael Kors Watch | Capwell + Co Ring | Barton Perreira Sunglasses | Essie ‘Blanc’

Lydia Hudgens Photography

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  1. 5.23.14
    Natali commented:

    Absolutely gorgeous dress and you look so pretty in it!

  2. 5.23.14
    Rose commented:

    I’m on #lobsterwatch for you, seriously (side note: went to wear a Tibi skirt today after we talked about it last night & discovered stains on the silk

    • 5.23.14
      Rose commented:

      idk why it messed up my comment but the rest of it said praying for a miracle at the dry-cleaners, ha

  3. 5.23.14
    liz commented:

    Love the dress and those heels are absolutely adorable!

  4. 5.23.14
    Meagan commented:

    What a cute dress! You look fabulous!

  5. 5.23.14
    Esmeralda commented:

    This dress looks GREAT on you, very slenderizing!

  6. 5.23.14
    Cheri commented:

    What lipstick are you wearing in this post?

  7. 5.23.14

    This is a super cute dress! And such luck finding it!

  8. 5.23.14
    Dana commented:

    That story was absolutely hilarious – I find myself stalking EBay and Poshmark when I see something I missed out on!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  9. 5.23.14

    This dress is gorgeous! Hope you find it!!

    Liz @

  10. 5.23.14
    Zoe commented:

    Love your shoes! πŸ™‚


  11. 5.23.14

    I adore the navy sailor dress, you just can’t go wrong with navy and white!

  12. 5.23.14

    I am in love with this look! It is SO chic! I’m glad you were finally able to get that other dress :)!

    Crumbs & Curls

  13. 5.23.14
    Monica commented:

    Amazing dress and the shoes are so cute!:)

  14. 5.23.14
    Andrea commented:

    I’m loving both of those navy nautical dresses!!! How lucking finding that one at the Rent the Runway sale! I’ve never used them but am planning to for an upcoming wedding I’ll be attending this summer!


  15. 5.23.14
    Vera Sawicki commented:

    Pretty clutch!!

    Vera Sawicki

  16. 5.23.14
    Alexandra Aimee commented:

    The navy with the white rope detail is perfect for NYC fleet week! Great look!!

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  17. 5.24.14
    Chrissabella commented:

    The dress suits you perfectly and I love when you find something you were craving for ages in the sale πŸ™‚

  18. 5.24.14
    Courtney commented:

    What a cute dress for summer! I do the same thing when I really love something, it will haunt me until I find it!


  19. 5.24.14
    Lisa commented:

    What an absolutely gorgeous outfit! The accessories are stunning too! HAGW!! πŸ™‚


  20. 5.24.14
    Tatyana commented:

    Love the dress! So cute.

  21. 5.25.14
    Katherine commented:

    I know the feeling! I have this list in my head of things I completely regret not buying (one that comes to mind is this red and cream stopped rugby sweater from Anthropologie with a lace collar from, like, 4 years ago). Or, the J.Crew bow coat!


  22. 5.26.14
    Stacey commented:

    I love when you find an item that you have been hunting for! I stalked ebay daily for a dress a few years ago and finally found one! The crazy thing was I didn’t even know who the designer of the dress was until I found one haha! I love the the rope detail on your dress!

    Five Minute Style

  23. 5.26.14
    Christina Storm commented:

    Love that dress on you! So pretty!
    Gorgeous backdrop and photos!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  24. 5.26.14
    Lindsay commented:

    Love this dress!!

  25. 5.26.14
    Agi commented:

    Very cute dress. Glad you were able to find it!!!!!


  26. 5.27.14
    Rachel commented:

    OMG this dress is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!