This dress was made with a self-tie belt but didn’t come with it when I purchased it on eBay.
No matter, since I don’t do belts anyway, but without it, the dress was a shapeless sack. Enter my intrepid tailor who thought it could be remade into a shift and whacked off a good 4-5 inches all over. I thanked her kindly and paid the fee but was still unsatisfied when I put it on because I feel she didn’t whack off enough.
Still, I kept the dress instead of culling it because now I’d invested in it by having it tailored. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
Now, of course, I feel tethered to it because it’s part of my 50 Dresses collection and, in the immortal words of Tim Gunn, I was compelled to make it work. I knew my only option was to use a completer piece, but which one? The dress’s puffy, three-quarter, elasticized sleeves made it unwieldy under a blazer. Its tent-like cut made it bunchy under a cardigan. I’d already used my denim vest yesterday.
I was this close to throwing it in the cull pile after all and renaming my challenge 49 Dresses, when I spotted these sandals from Payless, one of my final purchases of the summer before I clamped down with my spending fast. It so happens that the color of the shoe was the exact shade of my utility vest.
Matchy-matchy? Perhaps. But book-ending the dress with the olive tones helped mitigate its blowsiness, giving it a more serious air. Or so I’m telling myself so I can feel good about it. Of course, if any of you have a different way for me to save this dress, then please comment below. Just no belting advice, please. My non-existent torso refuses to play nice with belts.
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – The Webster @ Target
Wedges – Payless
Necklace – it’s from high school, yo!