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I’m an avid fan of wild and outrageous prints. I wear them all the time. When I came across this dress while thrifting I jumped up and down while screaming at the top of my lungs,
” Winning! WINNING! WINNNING!!!“
Well inside my head anyhow.
The good people working at Salvation Army already have enough demanding and slightly psychotic customers to deal with.
I’m now a pro when it comes to concealing my secondhand scores while shopping. My heart rate rises, my face flushes and my blood pressure goes up but otherwise I’m as cool as a thrifted cucumber. Good thing I don’t play poker.
Isn’t this dress insane?
The mix of clashing patterns, frills and ruffles is overwhelming. The designer had a seizure and vomited up every idea they ever had onto one dress.
Let’s be clear… I freakin’ love this dress. I was a graphic designer for years working often on pattern creation and this delirious mix makes me salivate.
The Dress That Wore Me
So what’s the problem?
The issue I have is that the dress is a good two sizes too large and this is how I feel about that…
(I’m having a bad hair day above but on the other hand that Retinol A cream seems to be doing wonders.)
It is one thing to carry off this much crazy when it fits but when it hangs in strange ways, especially through the shoulders and armpits I feel like the dress starts wearing me instead of the other way around.
Tailoring & Thrifting
That is the thing about thrifting, sometimes you’ll fall in love with something you find that doesn’t fit. If I were a brilliant seamstress like my friend Sue I’d be able to fix these issues myself. Removing and repositioning sleeves, especially those with ruffles at the shoulders, is not easy, particularly if you sewing skills are as
crappy limited as mine.
After seeing these photos again I may decide to take this to my local tailor and see how much it would be to size it down. I’m not willing to spend big bucks on tailoring if the item isn’t vintage and this is not vintage, it’s Gucci inspired but by H&M.
Here is the Gucci dress which I think was the inspiration for the dress…
I don’t often buy fast fashion when I thrift but this wild dress was too fun to ignore.
If you buy secondhand clothing do you often end up getting your pieces tailored?
Have you ever had a dress wear you? Did you get rid of it?
I’ve been a longtime fan of stealing some ideas from the guys to pump up my style.
Vintage Menswear Style For Women
In the photo below I’m wearing my own tie I bought some twenty odd years ago.
The red tie below was stolen from my husband’s tie drawer. He has quite a collection, many of them purchased secondhand.
Buying items in the same colour palette ensures everything you own will automatically work together.
I had all of these items in my closet just waiting for a chance to shine together. Taking the time to create with the clothes we already own stretches our imaginations and helps save the environment. Shop your closet first.
As A Taste Of France so eloquently put it,
“Creativity without consumption is great.”
You’ve seen this vintage suede skirt loads of times on the blog. It is one of my favourites as it matches my hair colour perfectly.
People often assume that it is their skin tone which decides which colours they can or cannot wear.
I disagree. The colour of your hair plays a much larger role than the colour of your skin. Try on a wig and notice how it changes your skin tone.
What do you think of the print mix? The blouse has small polka dots creating a quirky medley of dots, diagonal stripes and horizontal stripes.
I’m really happy how this came together. It hits the five descriptive words of my personal style statement dead on; artistic, unique, relevant, fun and strong. I know it’s not for everyone but I think that is exactly why I like it so much.