Sometimes you find gems in the unlikeliest places. Take, for example, this $12 greenish-blue maxi dress, which I found last month while wandering the posh Upper East Side, a.k.a. the last place in NYC I expect to find a shopping deal. Bypassing Barneys (ha!), I bought the maxi off a street vendor's rack, and even picked up a few extras to gift to friends. Never underestimate the street vendors of NYC, people!
I wore the dress for the first time on another trip to the UES last Saturday, this time for breakfast at Gracie Mews Diner with a friend. I paired the maxi with a black belt ($6, NY&Co.), creating a mini-peplum, my black sandals ($1, from Cure Thrift Shop) and the oversized black bag ($5) I scored from a friend's recent closet clean-out sale. With my $6 sunnies (also bought from a street vendor!), the whole look came out to $30.