OOTD :: of impossible dresses and Tim Gunn




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!

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed

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9 thoughts on “OOTD :: of impossible dresses and Tim Gunn

  1. I do like the dress with the vest over it. Between my height and my boobs I can’t wear anything flowy without looking pregnant. I’m not much of a belt wearer either so I think the vest was definitely the way to go.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yep, I always worry about looking pregnant and yet I’m still drawn to that shift shape. It’s the modster in me, isn’t it?

  2. I love olive! It’s one of my favorite neutrals.
    Do you have any sleeveless button down tops? They can be worn unbuttoned and knotted at the waist – a quasi vest.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ooooh! Yes! Thank you! I shall try when I go home! Audrey @ Putting Me Together suggested lopping off the sleeves too. Thoughts on that?

      • If cutting of the sleeves means you’ll wear it more, go for it. I’ve done that before. 🙂
        I actually need to do that with a couple of my son’s shirts. They’re long sleeve t-shirts but the sleeves are a bit too short (he’s all arms and legs). Since the torso still fits and they’re some of his favorites I’m going to salvage them. 🙂

  3. It’s really pretty! The print is so fun. And you never wear belts??

  4. Patti says:

    you are making it work! I just bought a huge dress yesterday (90’s hippie revival), and now you’ve inspired me on how to re-work it. xox

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