Saturday, 10 March 2012

Make Do And...Restyle!

A new work outfit...with a difference. In keeping with my last post and avoiding buying anything new I delved deep into my wardrobe to see what's lurking in there and found this dress:

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Dress: Zara, Jumper: Uniqlo


I bought this dress 4 years ago in the Zara sale for £9. It still had the tags on. I think that must be a record, even for me of not wearing something for a long time after purchasing it. Just think how much the world has changed in those 4 years since this was bought.

I didn't even try this dress on when I bought it, if I had I would have realised that it cannot be worn without something underneath (unless you have a radically different line of work to me). I try to avoid buying clothes that need "something" to make them wearable as in reality, it's impossible to find that item and the sheer shirt or too short skirt end up languishing in the back of the wardrobe until a shopping ban forces them to, somehow, be made wearable.

I ended up layering the dress over a plain short-sleeved jumper as even with a vest top underneath I still felt too exposed. I like how this turned out, I don't usually do layering of wear below-the-knee dresses so it made a nice change and gave me the novelty of wearing something new without denting this month's bank balance.

Do you have clothes in your wardrobe that need "something else" to make them wearable? How would you style this dress?
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18 comments

  1. The two tone dress looks great on you!

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  2. Love this combination! I'm got so many things that need to be worn with something else, it's quite bad really (as I generally use this as an excuse to buy more clothes!)
    x

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    1. Me too! I seem to spend ages hunting for things to go with those items that need something else to go with them...

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  3. I tend to Ebay stuff as a way of justifying buying things rather than keeping things a long time - what can I say, I'm fickle! :-)

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  4. I love the dress. I think I have a lot in my wardrobe with tags still on! At least you managed to wear it, and it looks good layered.

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    1. Thanks! I seem to shop faster than I can wear new things, I'm aiming to have worn everything with a tag still on it by the end of the month...

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  5. I have a couple of dresses that look better layered up. That's a great look I think and such a great bargain!

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  6. I wish I had things this nice lurking in my wardrobe! Really like it layered but completely agree, it'd be a bit "say hello to my friends" if it was worn solo

    xx

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    1. Haha! I do wonder if anyone else has ever worn it solo. I really hope not!

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  7. Lovely dress! I think it would look amazing with nude heels. I really do need some work wear! xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  8. 4 years!??! WOW, you've beaten my records! :) I think you've styled it really well Lily! X

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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    1. I know, it's so bad! Couldn't quite believe it myself when I realised I'd bought it in my first year of uni...how the time flies.

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  9. omg love that dress, would also look amaze with a simple black fitted cardigan

    http://studentoutfitters-hairandbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  10. I would wear it with a blouse underneath. And yes I do have items in my wardrobe that I need to wear with something else - I can't help myself :) xx

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    1. I need to try it with a blouse underneath next time I wear it.

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