How I Applied Marie Kondo to My Shopping Strategy (And the $45 Joy-Sparking Purchase I Made Yesterday)

This pastel dress sparks so much joy.
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Late last year, on a quick work trip to Dallas, I wandered into a charming vintage shop. It was packed from floor to ceiling with furniture and clothes, but this pastel floral dress caught my eye almost as soon as I walked in the door. It had rips at almost every seam and had been marked down so many times it was practically free. It had clearly been hanging there for over a decade, waiting for the right person to discover it. I fell in love with it almost immediately. When I KonMari-ed my home late last year (and again last weekend), I was introduced to the idea of surrounding yourself with items that "spark joy" and used that as a barometer in deciding what to keep. But the same applies to adding pieces to your wardrobe. I don't wear this dress often—it's difficult to style and requires a half-slip—but it sparks joy every time I see it in my closet, and each time I wear it I'm flooded with compliments. While the exact dress isn't available anywhere, I was able to find a few similar options online:  

A floral dress with a similar (but edgier!) lace insert: WAYF Lace Trim Slip Dress ($110)
I love the fluttery butterfly sleeves on this short yellow dress: Line & Dot Jamie Mini Dress ($92)
The most similar dress I found is a splurge, but from one of my favorite brands: LOVESHACKFANCY Stacy Duster ($475)
This one is a close second, at a quarter of the price: Rahi Staycation Dress ($128)
A pretty pink option, at just $52: ASOS Pleated Pink Dress ($52)
This dress sold out almost immediately the first time we put it on the Shop, and it's back: Ry Midi Dress ($199)

P.S., Speaking of recent purchases that sparked joy, I've received so many questions about the iridescent shell clip I wore in my Instagram post yesterday. My friend Cristina wore it today with a white tee and vintage jeans and looked so cool. You can buy a set of two here! x

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These images were shot at The Line in DTLA.