Friday, 5 April 2013

One Dress Multiple Ways

When thrifting, this is bound to happen.

You get presented by a certain article of clothing that's not a 100% but for some reason too good to pass up

As if you know it has unbelievable untapped potential.

For me it happens way too often. But recently it manifested itself in this school marm-y vintage dress.

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress

As is this is a very boring article of clothing. Ill fitted and drabby.

But look at the print and the button!

vintage floral dress pattern, vintage flower button, floral print

My original plan was to cut this into a top and a skirt. Hands itching to start on another sewing project.

Just at home, I gathered up the hem and tied it and realized that keeping it intact gives me so many more options.

Option 1. Tie at the waist

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress

It was just a test run when I first tried it on at Value Village. I ended up really liking the length of the ties and ultimate to decided not to cut it up.

Option 2. Bow at the waist

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress

This is the second easiest way to style this top. Just take the waist tie and make it a bow tie.

Option 3. High low shirt

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress

I found this style when I was playing around with the extra long ties from the first option.

To achieve this, find the last button at the tail end of the ties.

vintage floral dress pattern, vintage flower button, floral print

Then take them and wrap them around and button it up at the back.

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress

This is how it looks like from behind

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress

Viola, a super cute high low top. I liked it so much, that's what I left the house in that day.

Where to buy:
For similar suede jacket see here
For the pants see here
For similar boots see here

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress, vintage sued jacket, american apparel disco pants in ink blue, louis vuitton monogram speedy 25 with strap, outfit of the day

Option 4. Belted

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress, large elastic flower belt

I lied, this is probably the easiest way to style this piece. Any belt would do really, I just love the look of chunky belts.

Another plus, there are many other looks that can be achieved with the belt's presence.

Option 5. High low dress

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress, large elastic flower belt

I love how cute this looks, and it's very simple to achieve. The belt acts as a great accent.

leave the bottom half unbuttoned and pick up the corners of the hem.

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress, large elastic flower belt

Then tuck the hem into the belt. It works much better with an elastic belt as it will hold the dress up better.

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress, large elastic flower belt

I like to leave the flower exposed. It spices up the whole look.

You can also use a plain belt and not expose any part of the belt in front, it will achieve a more seamless simple look.

Option 6. Long tail shirt

vintage full length floral dress, school marm dress, floral print dress, large elastic flower belt

This look is super simple as well and it works especially well with high-waisted pants. You can also layer this on top of another dress or skirt.

To achieve this look, all you have to do is leave the bottom portion unbuttoned and gather the skirt portion behind.

This might be my favourite look yet. I can't wait to layer it over other things and play around some more.

Next time you go out thrifting and come across a fabulous dress like this, I hope you will remember this post and take her home with you.

2 comments:

  1. Such a pretty dress! I really like that you experimented with wearing it differently; my fave was the bow tied one :]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Youri :) the bow tie has been popular :)

      Delete