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maxi dress

I've talked a bit about few my past high school-era retail gigs in previous blog posts, but this post definitely brings me back to working the cash register at New York & Company during the summer of my junior year. Naturally, the biggest perk of a retail job is the employee discount, so while my peers were splurging on really cool stuff from Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister, I was digging through the racks at NY&Co., which was definitely not targeted toward the 16-year-old teenage girl demographic. Let's just say I ended up with wayyy more blazers than someone my age needed at that point. But hey, it was all like 50% off!

ny&co maxi dress
maxi dress

After my last summer working at NY&Co., I didn't shop there for years--my college town's mall didn't have one, and then when I moved to NYC, there were just a million other places to shop, so I kinda forgot about it. But last winter, I wandered on to the NY&Co. site out of nostalgia, just to see whether or not the store had stepped up its game since my high school days. 

ny&co maxi dress

I totally wasn't intending to buy anything, but this printed maxi dress, which was part of NY&Co.'s Eva Mendes collab (I know, who knew, right??), was on sale as part of a summer clearance for just $15. At that price, I figured, eh, why not? Once it arrived, I was in love with the off-the-shoulder detailing, and the print, which I was kinda iffy about, was even better in person. And it's also super comfy. Of course, since I had purchased it at the end of the October, I had to wait until this week to wear it but hey, it was definitely worth the wait! I styled the dress with a pair of $5 sunglasses from eBay, a pair of secondhand peep-toe heels from a friend's swap party, and black crossbody c/o Furla.

maxi dress

P.S. You'll prob have to wait til the end of summer to find any $15 steals, but NY&Co. is having a sale on a lot of super cute spring/summer dresses from their Eva Mendes collection--all under $60!