Must-Have: Self-Portrait Cut-Out Dress

“Where’d You Get That?”

Here, let me tell you… (And you do NOT want to miss this sale!)

If you absolutely can’t wait, here’s the sale I want (need) to tell you about.

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I’ll never forget the first time I wore this dress on a date.

It was a few months back over the summer, and it must have been an hour into our conversation — at least. Mid-sentence, he stopped, audibly exhaled and laughed, saying something to the extent of “Oh my god, okay. So there’s a slip under there — I get it.”

Uhhh, YEAH!

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No, homie.

It’s completely see-through.

(It does kinda look that way, in his defense… Gotta keep ’em guessing.)

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But no… I’M A LADY!

Most of the time.

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As much as my style has simplified over the years, the fact remains that I love slipping into a beautiful dress. There’s something about it, you know?

This intricately designed find is by is Self-Portrait, a London-based brand and one of my absolute favorite designers for occasion dresses and those “wow-factor” finds.

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I’ll be honest, though: Most of my pieces that fall into the latter category — the “wow-factor” — I can’t afford at retail price.

But when I find a dress or piece that I really, really love… I stalk the shit out of it.

And, guys. I mean I stalk. That. Shit.

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Self-Portrait is expensive, yes, but I love their aesthetic. The quality is top-notch and the designs are freakin’ striking, as you can see. And as I mentioned, it’s been my go-to for fun and fancy occasion-type dresses for all those life events that seem to come in waves — much to my girlfriends’ delights.

Gotta treat yo’self, right?

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Real quick, before we move on: The only point of contention, I will say, is the sizing; I’m not sure why it seems to be off most of the time, but I’m generally an 8 in Self-Portrait versus a 4 or 6 in most other brands.

Just in case.

The more you know…

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Anyway, when this little number finally went on sale (at none other than Shopbop), I pulled the trigger without hesitation.

And reelin’ it back in, that’s where most of my “wow-factor” purchases happen: Shopbop’s sale section.

(Many of my purchases in general, come to think of it…)

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The site launched a two-day surprise sale that ends today (I just found out!), so I thought I’d share some of the best deals and designer pieces that I found– the two of which overlap in many cases. (I had to stop and buy these red ankle-tie pumps before I even finished this sentence. Obsessed!)

Bags, shoes, denim — you name it.

After doing some browsing, I noticed that a lot of things on sale are pieces that I already have in my closet, too — including my leopard-print fold-over clutch, the classic Hunter rain boots and rag & bone Harrow booties (the most comfortable booties — go up a half-size, though).

In terms of closet staples — and in the winter especially — I’ll pretty much rotate solely between these rag & bone denim leggings (my favorite pair of black “jeans”) and this pair of classic leggings (the material is thick, which is hard to come by).

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Oh, and — of course — my dress.

This exactly style that I’m wearing in the post today is sold out (natch), but here’s a similar style (that I also purchased and felt justified in doing so). It also comes in a short black-and-white version. Length-wise, this all-white midi style is the closest thing to the dress I’m wearing.

TGI… Payday tomorrow, huh?


Here’s some of the site’s sale finds — act quick if you like something, the good finds always go fast. If you have questions for me about sizing or anything, tweet me or leave a comment below. You can shop worry-free for the most part, though, Shopbop always has free shipping and returns unless otherwise noted.


1. Self Portrait mini dress, 2. Schutz ‘Delza’ tie pumps, 3. Madewell black cross-body bag,4. Illesteva mirrored sunglasses, 5. Blank Denim classic skinny jeans, 6. Hunter Original short boots, 7.JOA cold-shoulder sweater, 8. English Factory ruffle sweater, 9. Eugenia Kim pom-pom fur hat, 10. Sam Edelman suede mules, 11. Alice & Olivia ruffle crop top, 12. Stuart Weitzman suede pumps, 13. One Teaspoon denim shorts, 14. rag & bone Harrow booties, 15. Clare V cross-hair fold-over clutch


To break it down a bit further, if you’d prefer to shop this way:

Here’s what I purchased:

Here’s what I already have in my closet:

… Shit, I do shop too much. 

And here’s a few more sale finds worth noting: 

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*In this post: 


Cut-out maxi dress: Self-Portrait
Sandals: Schutz ‘Glendy’ sandals
Clutch: Vineyard Vines
Sunglasses: Le Specs


Lipstick: NARS velvet matte lip pencil in ‘Luxembourg’

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