Now I can be as snobby about polyester as Stacey-and-Clinton, but I couldn't resist the combined temptations of this dress: the comforts of sweats with the polish of an accessorized outfit requiring no other decision from me than which pair of black shoes or boots to wear over the black tights.
Whatever the case -- and my sunny walk to work, with the double endorphin hit of sunlight and physical activity, surely played a role as well -- if I never wear the dress again, its already repaid its cost-per-wearing repaid simply in its single mood-enhancing contribution. That said, I will wear it again, and often (although not regularly, if I can help it) despite its potential for eliciting those "Oh, she's wearing that dress again" responses. Far from neutral, it nonetheless made me feel good. Have you got any wardrobe items like this, clothes that you're willing to make a tradeoff for, just because they make you feel powerful or upbeat or confident? Do tell.