Take Two

button up: target (altered), dress: gap (refashioned — two shirts made into a dress (tutorial coming someday)), leggings: target, socks: target, boots: target
Sometimes an outfit looks better in the mirror than it does in real life. Case in point, I got dressed yesterday, went through half my day, and then finally got around to taking pictures. When I uploaded them, I realized that all those stripes were pretty overwhelming, and I didn’t love it. 
I threw on a belt, did one more roll on each sleeve, (fixed my hair), and re-took my pictures (this time I was too lazy to go outside):
 belt: macy’s
One little change and the outfit is a million times better (in my opinion). A public apology to all those who saw me before 2:00pm today. Their eyes are probably still spinning from the miles of unobstructed stripes.
  • I follow you on Pinterest too, and I love seeing you incorporate styles you've pinned into real outfits. It really inspires me to be more creative with the clothes I own (instead of swooning over clothes I wish I owned!).

    Love your blog!

  • It's crazy to see how a little thing can make such a big difference. It's a cool aspect of having a style blog, to play around with those things and learning!

  • You are right the belt really pulled the outfit together, I'm so glad you tried it because the final look is pretty amazing (pinning it!) I didn't expect taking pictures of my clothes to my so educational but you really do get a different perspective from a photo than a mirror.

  • This is what I love about clothes–little details make all the difference. I love this look with the belt!

  • I love this! I almost wore my denim shirt under a dress today, but then I chickened out of wearing a dress on a non church day 🙂

  • Mel

    The belt definitely elevated the outfit! Great eye for the change! Gorgeous dress, also!

  • Wow! I am shocked that something so small, like a belt, can make such a huge difference. The outfit is completely changed. You look great, as usual!

  • Both are awesome, but the belt adds so so so much! I love it! And your braid is so cute! Another thing I'm jealous of besides your sewing skills… your braiding ability! Haha.

    And we are kinda twinners. I wore a a dress similar to this a couple weeks ago with gray socks but black boots. I didn't love it on me, though, so I haven't decided if I'm going to post those pics or not.

  • JMc

    I love it! It's like you were in my closet, lol. I got a dress that looks a lot like this this weekend and I was thinking I'd have to wait until it gets warmer so I can wear it with my spring navy shoes…then I see that I can pull it off with boots. I can't wait to get home and try this look out!

  • Nice! I feel like I didn't realize the outfit was missing anything, but the addition of the belt was like…Ohhh yeah! That looks a lot better! Someday I'll be fashion savvy…until then I'll just follow your blog:)

  • Love your striped dress! You look great! http://www.casualglamorous.com

  • So cute! Love it with and without the belt.

  • Definitely improved by the belt.

    I have the opposite problem – I think the pictures of my outfits look better than I look in real life.

  • I like the second look better definitely, the belt definitely adds to the outfit.
    I have done this a 'come home and mix things up' thing a couple of time. It's editing, like the Director's cut.

  • Ugh, I HATE when an outfit is better in your head than in actuality. The changes you made really made a huge difference!

  • I LOVE that dress!!!! So cute!

  • The dress is AWESOME. Perfect length and it looks super comfy! Can't wait for the tutorial!

  • Such a great way to style that dress! I just got a similar dress from F21 in the mail and am excited about trying some of your ideas. I found this blog earlier today, and am loving it. 🙂

  • I think you look great both ways! This dress is so fabulous.

    See Me Rwar

  • I just discovered your blog and am so happy to have found it! I love blogs with refashions and tutorials – so inspirational. Great job on the 2 tees to a dress!