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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Closet Inspiration- When 2 Hang Side By Side

The overall patchwork style of the fabric is really not me, and the length of mid calf does not work with my proportions (dumpy,) yet I'm oddly attracted to it this Alberto Makali skirt...

It's hard to tell from the photo, but it has a little bit of hand beading around the flowers and thicker yarn woven in and out of the fabric...

(Close up of the fabric...)
Anyway, I had it hanging next to this Forever 21 jacket (which I seem to be wearing a lot lately,) and decided that I liked the 2 of them together. But the thought of chopping the skirt into a more suitable length, (which I would normally do,) killed me because it would just ruin all the hand sewn details. So it became a strapless dress...

Much better, yes?
Now, you might ask, "Don't you think it was actually supposed to be a dress?"

The answer is no, it doesn't hang quite right to be a dress, there's extra fabric in the weirdest places is hidden by the jacket. But the two together = closet magic for me!
J.

34 comments:

Misery said...

so I think that this skirt wouldn't look half as good without the roses on it! :) I must say that your fashion choices are quite brave, or I'm just a fashion coward!

AH said...

wow, that skirt really did look great as a dress! maybe you could take it in in the waist, and make it a dress so you wouldn't have to wear a jacket?

i'm still considering bleaching my ends, but i'm afraid it will totally ruin my hair...

La Société de Mode | The Fashion Society said...

I do this with ALL of my skirts that just look a little frumpy - turn them into dresess! and it works like a dream!
You look GREAT.

kirstyb said...

great look great pattern xxxx

Diya said...

...belt it? or maybe a couple stitches at the waist? :) anyway it looks awesome.

TeenageDirtbag said...

I haven't been for such long time.. so sorry. I love the shoes and the roses really give the skirt "the life" :).

michelle_ said...

the skirt is fab !!
better fact that it works as a dress :)

Pearl Westwood said...

The skirt is really stunning! I actually think it looks good at the longer length, but looks great as a dress too. Glad you didnt chop it as now you have the versatility. You can always just pin it in if its not hanging right at the waist or belt it. You have the best legs! x

Melanie said...

I really like it as a dress--well done!

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

Kristin said...

That jacket positively makes the look. Fabulous styling!

mxrosie said...

Thanks! Are you going to the ATX Ladies who Lunch this week? Hope to see you again =)

Charleston said...

really great and unique print x

www.pinstripeprince.blogspot.com

Anna said...

Yes, the "dress" looks much much better than the original skirt! What a difference it makes and I love the unusual fabric matching, it looks really good.

gleenn said...

I like the pattern and the details. I'd take it as mini. Below the knee just don't work on me. :)

Meream said...

Short is the way to go! You look sexeh :)

Mish Dish said...

You are right on track with that little creation of yours. Fabulous little dress you created. xo Mish

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh YES! The way you transformed this piece from a skirt to a dress is phenom - the length is so incredibly flattering on you!! :)

MalibuMara said...

i like it! and your purse,
speaking of purses THEY STILL HAD IT!
i put it in my latest post :)
i was soooo happy PLUS it was only $22

bravegrrl said...

i am sooo attracted to anything patchwork! i guess it's the 70s grrl in me :) and i love it as a dress... if you don't want to wear the jacket sometime, it might work with a belt too!

Audrey Allure said...

It does look a lot better as a strapless dress!

rouli said...

amazin post!

lovely look!

cute shoes!

kiss


www.thebeautifulandthehard.blogspot.com

Vintage and Cake said...

That is a brave look, and like others have said the rose saves it. Looking great hunni xx

kirstyb said...

im in love with your shoes xxxx

TeenageDirtbag said...

I don't know exactly what kind of job I'm looking for... I just want to do SOMETHING but.. small chances.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That skirt does a great conversion to a dress and I love the details.

Fashion Butter said...

I. LOVE. THIS. ANnd the jacket ans shoes! Such a lovely silhouette.

Sophie said...

such a cute skirt♥

xx Sophie

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh wow! You are so talented! I love it- it's so textured and lovely. And that jacket with it is genius!

Fashion Tidbits said...

well it looks better as a dress, so score!

Dyanna Pure said...

Much better! <3

-Dyanna Pure
www.thesfstyle.com

Fé... said...

The fabric's not at all my taste. But you make it work, J dear! The ensemble's kinda cool...

michelle_ said...

I LOOVVVEEE THE SHOESS TOO bythe way :) !!

thanksss sooo much for your sweet comments on my latest post :) :) have a nice weekend
www.glistersandblisters.com

emily viveur said...

i love how you wore this as a dress! i also like the eclectic feel of it compared to the simplicity of the jacket.

mystylescript said...

Joyce, you're such a sweetheart for putting my link on the side!! I recently changed my name to mystylescript.blogspot.com just to be more reflective upon fashion. Hope to see you again soon for some chatting and more cheesecake?? haha jk Have a good one!

-rose
http://mystylescript.blogspot.com