Dressed for: Purple Ponte

Already Pretty outfit featuring navy blue blazer, purple ponte dress, gray Falke tights, CC Corso Como Del pumps, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, feather brooch

Blazer – Tahari via Opitzsimilar
Dress – Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar shapesimilar color
Belt – Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar
Tights – courtesy Falke (no longer available) similar
Pumps – Del courtesy CC Corso Como
Bag – Mid City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Brooch – J.Crew (no longer available) – similar items
Earrings – gift – similar

This purple dress was one of the first ponte knit items I ever bought for myself, and I bought it on a whim with a gift card. It’s three or four years old now, and has held up beautifully. I know I’ll be wearing it for years to come.

Do you have any impulse buys that have turned out to be closet staples?


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9 Responses to “Dressed for: Purple Ponte”

  1. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    What a gorgeous color, Sal, and the dress looks so versatile — no wonder it’s a favorite. Yes, I have enjoyed a lot of impulse buys over the years, the latest a bright orange patent bag from Target!

  2. jamie

    Last winter I bought a knee length down black North Face puffy coat, it was on super-sale at REI and for $40 down from $300, I jumped at the chance. I never thought I ever wanted a long down puffy coat, but it turns out I’ve worn it every single day and it’s so nice to keep my bum and my legs warm in the winter! I’ll be wearing it till the feathers pop out!

  3. Gel

    Just tonight I was thinking about my most treasured impulse buy, actually, which I just realized I have owned for 10 years. It’s a silver Christian Dior watch that I came across in the jewelry case at TJ Maxx. I was just a year or so out of college and had never bought anything remotely close to that expensive (and really had no business buying anything that expensive at that time), but I fell in love with it and had to have it. Despite how expensive it was at the time, it’s actually *saved* me money over the years because it cured me of my watch habit. Prior to that watch, I’d buy a new watch every six months or so. But this is such a beautiful, versatile, well-fitting watch; I wear it almost every day, and I’ve only bought one watch since (a Movado museum watch with a leather strap–slightly more casual). It hardly shows any wear, and I’ve only had to have the battery changed once, and that was just a year ago! Sometimes it pays to listen to love at first sight.

  4. Cath

    Well, kind of an impulse buy. Attended an themed event where dress was what you could call “goodwill fashion”. It was a hilarious and fun night! I purchased a poly short-sleeved, white stetch poly lace layered over an awful plain white poly lining buttoned blouse, very likely dating back to the 1980s, to wear over an equally odd dress. The whole outfit cost me $4. For a start, I don’t EVER do lace, so it was suitable for an out of the ordinary party. The night was going to be too warm for the two layers and I so i cut off as much of the awful lining as i could at the last minute. For some stupid reason it’s been a staple ever since. Usually over strong coloured singlet tops, sleeveless dresses, etc. Its been one of my favorites for two summers. And no, I’ve never found anything else lace-like that I can even tolerate, this will probably be the only one.

  5. Cath

    Forgot to mention that I adore this featured outfit! Esp the blazer. All of it except the brooch. It’s pretty and suits you, Sal, but definitely not my own style.

  6. Fran

    Beautiful color Purple is my favorite color looks so good on you love the way you paired it with the jacket!!!
    And yes have a few impulse buys that have turned out to be my favorite ones..

  7. Latresa

    Last year I wanted a pair of prada heels that I had been eyeing for a while. I kept telling myself that I would never own a pair of prada shoes because I didn’t want to pay that much for shoes….. But fate would have it that they were discounted so low that after I put my credit card information in I closed my eyes and pressed purchase! LOL! I have only worn them 2 times and each time I told myself I will never do that again! But I love my shoes! LOL!