Jan 4, 2011

Vintage Dress

Last August I went to a local festival that promotes local businesses and has great music.  There were all of these vintage booths and I spotted a dress that I couldn't make up my mind about.  It was a little odd yet fun.  Would I look weird in this?  How could I alter it to make it look more less prairie life and a little more modern?  After asking my friend a million questions a girl walks up to me and says " I think you should get it, its actually really cute.  I'll get it if you aren't."  I took that as a shut up its just a dress ( and it only cost me $10..)

I bought it.

I tried it on when I got home and really didn't like the way I looked in it.  There were shoulder pads (which I immediately ripped out).  It felt oversized yet fit perfectly.  I just felt awkward in it, but I still didn't want to give up such a great dress.  When I look at it hanging up it looks fun and different.

So here's where you come in!  How should I style the dress?  I'm thinking to take in the sleeves a little bit and to add a fun belt ( I have a DIY tutorial coming up for that!).

 I felt like I was on Little House on the Prairie.

I tucked in the sleeves a little and added this brown belt.  Looks better but still, the belt isn't quite right.
 So not feeling it.

This is the belt I made for it. (I'll show you how tomorrow).
Doesn't it look so cute on the hanger?  Why can't you look this fun on me?!

I really want this dress to work .  What do you think?  Is it completely hopeless?


  1. I like it. Its different and I think the belt looks great with it!

  2. i don't think it's hopeless at all - it's totally adorable! i LOVE the sleeves.

    my vote would be to bring up the hem by 3 or 4 inches. i don't know what kind of fabric it is and since it's already pleated it might be kind of tricky, but i think a shorter hemline would bring it into modern day!

  3. Oh I love the colours!! Reminds me of sorbet, is that bad?? I think I agree with Valerie though/ A shorter hem might be chic, or perhaps a different sleeve? Ahh I don't know, I'm not the most fashion savvy person hehe but great find!! xo

  4. i think your ideas are good ones, and the colors of the dress are gorgeous. they absolutely pop with the dark belt, it makes a huge difference in the "feeling" of the dress. i'm looking forward to seeing how it looks with the belt you made!
    xo meg

  5. the colors are cute and i love it with the belt you made!

  6. TOTALLY NOT HOPELESS! Don't worry - it will come to you! It looks like there are some good suggestions in the commments. Hmm... I think I would butcher it and make it racerback or something ridculously funky. But my style is a little odd ;)

    I look forward to seeing what you try! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. well how cute are you?! this dress is adorable. DEFINITELY needs the shape of the belt. maybe you could add some pockets of a different fabric? or some glitzy buttons down the front??

    thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  8. perfect for spring! love that belt too. love belts period and this one is so much fun!

    and i agree with mara, get it shortened so it doesn't eat you all up. other than that, i love it all!

  9. I'm a bit confused as to why this post is linked at Life in Grace? Is the link incorrect and there is another post somewhere here about Edie?

  10. Anon- I must have misunderstood. I thought leaving a link was to show your support for her. I (or you) could remove it if you'd like.

  11. You should try taking up the hemline a little and making it sleeveless! It would be totally cute! And adding a belt is a great idea. I think this dress is a steal.

  12. SO cute. change the sleeve to a short puff sleeve with a 1" cuff, then style with wide dark belt to emphasize your tiny waist, and matching slingback peeptoes. if all else fails, mail the dress to me! :)


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