An outfit post for you today. For two out of the four days of birthday celebrations I had a couple of weeks ago, I wore the same dress. A home made 1980s batwing full skirted dress to be precise and I paid a mere £10 for it in Camden about 9 years ago. It’s served me well and I believe the trick to getting a lot of wear out of something is as follows…
a) Buy something classic, e.g Black pencil skirt, LBD, White shirt etc.
b) Buy something well made so it can survive a lot of wear and tear.
c) Buy something that ticks both a and b and you’re onto a real winner!
The dress is kind of a mixture of both as it has a classic 50s feel to it, it’s fairly well made in a durable cotton but the giant polka dots make it quirky and fun. It has a bateau neckline, nipped waist and, 3/4 sleeves and a very full skirt. The trick is to then learning how to wear it in different ways to make it versatile. And by wearing it different ways, I don’t just mean by pairing it with a different pair of shoes/belt/sweater etc, I mean also trying to put it on in different ways. Turn it back to front, turn it upside down, twist it, pleat and pin it, fold it, have fun! Here’s an example…
On my birthday I wore the dress as a skirt. I simply turned the torso inside the dress, so that only the skirt part was visible. I teamed it with a black and white striped long sleeve top, pink sweater, pink tights and patent boots. Oh, and a leapord print hat/scarf with ears thing I made last summer. I also wrapped one side of the skirt across the front and pinned it to the side to give it an asymmetric drape.
That weekend I wore same dress but this time I wore the dress properly, I pulled up a corner on the left and right front and pinned into place. I added a bow brooch to one side and finished the outfit off with a black 3/4 sleeve sweater, black tights and metallic silver converse…and pink animal ears, why not?
I think I may do a series on wearing the same thing different ways, I may even post more outfits with the same dress. I’d love to see how you dress up your favourite items to get more wear out of them.
That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading as always.