Unflattering Target Dress Before&After

I wore this dress once before, after snagging it at a clothing swap. I love that it’s striped, obviously, and the pleats and colors give it that preppy vibe I’m so fond of. But it is seriously unwearable as a dress. It’s just totaly shapeless, and the way the dress falls away from my boobs and hides my waist is just not so great. I mean, it makes me look like a weird striped triangle (with a tiny head!):

Unflattering Target Dress Before&After

So, I have found this to be my second solution for wearing this dress, and I prefer it this way. It still looks like a dress rather than just a pleated skirt, because a little bit of the top still shows. Incidentally, this type of cardigan-vest thing is great for summer, because it’s a layering piece, but it’s super lightweight. Add a belt, and suddenly I am no longer a triangle! I’m a person-shaped lady!

Unflattering Target Dress Before&After

Dress: Target (swapped), Vest: UniQlo, Belt: JCrew, Shoes: Miz Mooz (Stella Says Go), Earrings: Kendra Scott


Unflattering Target Dress Before&After


Unflattering Target Dress Before&After

Have you guys got any unflattering dresses that you have figured out how to modify into wearable outfits?

May 12, 2011

16 Responses to Unwearable/Wearable

  1. i am digging it! love all the color

  2. Kristin says:

    What a gorgeous dress! I love the way you styled it to make it figure flattering. Great, great outfit!

  3. Stef says:

    Love it! Great layering, you look awesome :)

  4. Love this dress – you look lovely

  5. I love what you did with this dress to make it wearable!

    I’m like you, I have a strange attraction to architectural – pretty much unwearable as-is – pieces. It just means we use more of our styling brain juices!

    (BTW, way back in an old post of you, I noticed you have a pair of Worishofers. I am actually looking at ordering a pair myself – do you love them? How do they fit?)

    • Thanks, Lisa! You have an eye for color yourself, lady!
      I love my Worishofers and in fact, have four pairs. They are kind of beat-up, which is why I don’t have them on the blog more, but I really love how comfortable they are, and the old lady vibe kind of mixes into my wardrobe nicely. I think they run pretty true to size, and are fairly narrow. They have tons of styles on http://www.buddysmoccasins.com if you are looking to get them online!

  6. lisa says:

    person shaped lady, there you are!!!! i LOVE that dress but yeah….totes shapeless. for extra hot texas days, lose the cardigan and just belt that sucker up!

  7. I have a dress like that- so pretty but no shape. I will have to try your suggestion- thanks for the tip! PS, your bright pink toenails are awesome :)

  8. annebeth says:

    I think it would work perfectly fine with just a belt too, and I actually don’t dislike its weird shape on you in that last pic without the vest! 😀

  9. Lyddiegal says:

    Nothing like a belt to swiftly and effectively define a waist!
    The print is a lot of fun, glad you are finding ways to make the dress work.

  10. kelsey says:

    This is fabulous! I love the way you remixed it.

  11. Yes, the after is definitely better than the before!

  12. jkru says:

    I have a couple huge drapey dresses and my only solution has been to belt them. It’s okay though because I think that belting really works for me. Otherwise I just look like a ginormous sack of boobs. Waistline ftw! :)

  13. Michal says:

    This dress looks so amazing the way you styled it! It’s amazing what a belt can do. 😀

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