WHY I STILL WEAR MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION DRESS

   Believe it or not this was my high school graduation dress. I bought it about 2 days before my high school graduation at H&M and here I am 7 years later and I'm still wearing it. (shout out to H&M for making something that has actually lasted through the years..) It's the most comfortable, simple throw on dress for the summer. I always recommend buying dresses for events that you can wear over and over again by styling in different ways. I style this one with sandals to the beach or I'll elevate it by pairing it with summer heels for a date around town. This is also a great way to really use items that you might buy at a "fast fashion store".

   Over the years I have really tried to steer clear of stores like H&M and F21. However, I understand that when you're younger, you don't have as much money or you live in places like Maine where your options are significantly limited and these stores are your best outlet. I get it, but if you do shop there, look for something you can get multiple wears from so it's not being wasted. Sleeping in your closet forever until you do a closet clean out 6 years later and throw it away because you only wore it once. I own more than one piece similar to this where I have worn it over the years, I just adapt it to my style with different accessories. Accessorizing is a great way to change up the look, or make an item look more expensive than it is. On the contrary, if something doesn't fit you anymore, get rid of it at your local goodwill, it's not doing you any good and somebody else will get a lot more use out of it.

Nikki Hirst summer style
Nikki Hirst summer style

Side note: this isn't a true off the shoulder dress but I like to wear it like one! 

Nikki Hirst summer style
Nikki Hirst summer style
Nikki Hirst summer style
Nikki Hirst summer style

WHAT I'M WEARING

dress - H&M (similar here & here)

bag - Anthropologie

shoes - Madewell (similar here and here)