One up on Cap't Ahab...

...in a manner of speaking. You see, I've finally taken down one of my White Whale* retailers (City Chic) and scored a purchase! This dress brought to you by the serendipitous convergence of free shipping and rock-bottom pricing!

I've heard a lot about City Chic since I've become really interested in plus-size fashion. I've always really liked their aesthetic, but have never even dreamed about getting anything from them, because they are based in Australia. Shipping from the States makes me sad, let alone Down Unda. Didn't even bother. Imagine my surprise, when I found out that not only have they expanded their operations into the U.S., but they have FREE SHIPPING INTO CANADA.

I'm just going to leave that there for a second.

You 'Mericans have no idea what that does to my little ole Canadian heart. Palpitations, I tell you PALPITATIONS.

As soon as I found this out, and found their little section called "outlet" I was feeling a little light-headed. I was torn, see, because I didn't know how their sizing was, I don't really know what size I am anymore (been a WHILE since I bought new clothes, and also in a little bit of weight-gain denial, maybe. So what. Whatever, lets move on). I did some research, thought I might be a 16 (Small, in City Chic sizing) and ordered some really nice pieces. Long story short, I never did end up getting the things I had placed in my cart, but I did get this "tunic" (you say tunic, I say dress). And holy smokes do I love it.
It fits me like a glove. Is has volume on the bottom half (which I like because it makes my top half and middle bits look smaller). IT HAS POCKETS. And its just so interesting, with all the gathering, and the architectural-ness of the draping. It's just rad. 
I am making it work for winter here with my fleece-lined tights (cue choirs of angels singing), but I  am totally planning on wearing this in the summer, probably with some brightly colored shoes and accessories. I wish I had this in every color, but sadly, there is almost nothing left in the Outlet section . I just checked again, and there is quite a few things. I suggest you go there now, and check it out. I just bought another tunic like this in a tangerine color. FOR $10!! They also have a robust sale section!

From what I have seen of their stuff, the quality is totally there. Which is nice, because their non-sale prices would have to be justified buy high quality. But, I think you already know that I am kinda... shall we say, frugal. 

After weeks of not giving a rat's ass, and feeling zero inspiration, today, I was struck with the desire to turn it up. So I did, so I've got some decent face going on today, so we have a selfie!

These pieces in action in past OOTD posts:
 Tami  | Shoes / Shoes (tumblr only post)

*retailers that I want to own something from, but probably never will because the items or the items plus shipping are too rich for my blood. Not exactly parallel to the literary reference, but close-enough, capice?

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