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.

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

But look at the print and the button!

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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This is how it looks like from behind

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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

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Option 4. Belted

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wantering Spring Trends

I have been meaning to tell you about Wantering in the form of the post. My Tumblr friends are already the wiser since they did a feature on me.

They are a fabulous team that works to deliver you the latest trends and where to find them straight to your email inbox.

For this lovely season of flowers and birds and bees they have concocted a fun instagram initiative.



Wantering Spring Trends calls together the style community with instagram hash tag of #wanteringtrends.

Here are the following 9 trends. I am sure you all have some of these items in your closets. But if you are looking to update your spring wardrobe, click on the images to see where to get them.

Does anyone of these trendsetters look familiar to ya? I hope at least one of them do, as yours truly is representing the ankle strap sandals.

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Don't forget to join in the instagram fun when you do wear one of those trends.

Hash tag #wanteringtrends to see your submissions featured on their website for the whole style community to see.

Here are some of my own submissions.

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Striped top from Necessary Clothing
Leggings from Necessary Clothing
Similar boots from here

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Similar leggings here

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Mesh maze leggings from Necessary Clothing
Similar jacket from here
Similar shirt from here

I hope to see all your instagrams soon, as well as part of the Wantering community.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Vintage Floral Dress Alterations

Spring has sprung and Vancouver has been blessed with many beautiful sunny days.

Finally better from the flu and with my spirits lifted by the sun, I have been thrifting up a storm as well.

One of my favourite pieces called to me when I first saw it in the display window.

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As always, Community Thrift and Vintage worked their magic on their display windows.

The also 70's cape top really caught my eye.

When I sought it out, I discovered that it's actually a super long dress.

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I almost passed it up. I definitely won't be able to rock that dress as is.

But channeling the display window dressing, I could at the least tuck it into a high waisted dress. At the most, I can continue to hone some alteration skills.

It looks much better as a short dress already.

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I actually didn't really document of transformation, it's actually rather simple.

I just bunched up the hem and whip stitched a few loops.

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Yup, much better short and oh so bright and cheery.