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?