Thursday, October 14, 2010
Target dress - 2009 - $17 (similar)
Gap belt - 2010 - $10 (similar)
Steve Madden mary-janes - 2003 - $20 (from mom; similar)
Urban Outfitters ring - 2010 - birthday gift (here)
Ball chain necklace (similar)
Having read about Shabby Apple on many a blog over the past several months, I've completely fallen in love with their dresses. Since I'm on a shopping diet, I can't really pull the trigger on any of them (plus they are pricier than I normally spend on clothing). I bought this dress over a year ago, on sale at Target, and to be honest, it was one of those purchases that I bought mainly because it was on sale. It didn't really fit well, and it was too long. So I hemmed it myself (poorly, I might add), and wore it a few times. Earlier this summer, I put it on and found that it actually didn't fit too badly (I gained a little weight, but who doesn't from time to time?), but that now it was too short for my preferences! So down went the hem (you can see a fold where it was in the first photo). Doesn't it look like it could have been a Shabby Apple dress (except about 90% cheaper)? I have been considering taking in the sides of the skirt to make it straight rather than flared, but for now I think I'll leave it as is.
I wore this outfit about two weeks ago--the day I debuted my double-finger ring at work. I was a bit nervous about how people would respond to it (it does make a pretty big statement), so I toned it down with some sweetness. My mom bought me these mary janes when I was a sophomore or junior in college (can't remember), and I liked them mostly because the lining is pink. And I don't even like pink. But I love these shoes. The red belt breaks up the expanse of black.
It was a bit of a pain to keep the belt inside the built-in waist detail of the dress, but other than that, I liked the outfit a lot. What I don't like is how red my skin looks against a green wall. Time to change photo locations.
Do you ever find that you want to change a piece of clothing right after you buy it, only to realize later that you prefer the original state of the garment?