I bought these polka dot jeans from the Gap several months ago for
pennies; I had unexpectedly come into a substantial amount of Gap Inc.
rewards* and wandered into the store expecting to spend my windfall on new pajamas, only to walk out with two oversized shopping bags
full of sale clothes instead.

 *an aside: not completely unexpected as I bought my dad some weekend
clothes from Banana Republic and in one trip managed to spend more money
than I normally blow through in a year on myself, resulting in a scary
amount of rewards. My point: BR store card, would recommend if you are a frequent

Among my haul are these jeans which I almost
immediately regretted buying (the fit was unappealingly baggy at the time). But I started wearing them with frequency after I intentionally “cultivated mass
(video link; has sound)” for the winter and found that my skinny jeans had become
unbearably restrictive. These jeans got me through a few rushed mornings
when “I have nothing to wear” which, given the size of my
wardrobe, the irony was not lost on me.

I was trying to glean
a transferable lesson from this story but alas, shopping is a fairly
empty exercise. And I am always delighted by its trivial exuberance.

H&M Fitted Coat | CherryKoko Lace Blouse (similar) | Gap 1969 Destructed Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans (similar) | Marc Jacobs Quilted Westside Bag | Miu Miu Taupe Pumps (similar)

A recent purchase that I would unconditionally recommend is this white fitted coat from H&M; it’s fairly unremarkable as far as workmanship is concerned but the lightly puffed sleeves are so irresistible. You can also visit Extra Petite for more styling ideas.