How I took my dress from drab to fab – without a trip to the mall!

As I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day, I noticed a sale rack of summer items. My eye was instantly drawn to a chambray shift dress. I like to have a few easy dresses for hot summer days, Saturday running errands or throwing over my bikini to hit the beach.

I kept picking it up and putting it down, picking it up and putting it down, until it was finally my turn to put my groceries on the belt. I asked the cashier what the return policy was on these dresses, it was a good policy, so I yet again picked the dress up, paid and proceeded home.

One of the reasons I asked about the return policy was because I didn’t try it on – I wanted to know if I didn’t like it or if it didn’t fit properly, could I get my money back.

It fit just fine; it is super comfy, good length: coming a touch above the knees and has pockets. Got to love a dress with pockets!

But there was one issue.

 

I looked like I was wearing a hospital gown!

 

 

Regardless of the fact this was a casual ‘Saturday’ dress, it needed a little something-something to snazz it up. I would not be seen in a hospital gown running around town.

My creative genius was alive and excited to see what would become of this drab dress or was I destined to get my cash back?

I knew, for starters, I needed to create angles and interest but nothing over the top.
I thought about where I would potentially be wearing it; outdoor concerts, running errands, meeting friends for an iced tea on a hot summer day to name a few.

In my own closet I began by grabbing shoes without any heel or wedge, a handful of necklaces and handbags, scarves and hats to play. The scarves and hat were eliminated quickly, they brought the eye upwards but looked a little top-heavy and then still boxy from neck down.

 

Here are 3 looks that came together fairly quickly,

in about 20 minutes.

 

 

How I took my dress from drab to fab.

  1. Using a full-length mirror is essential for dressing and creating outfits, it helped me evaluate and identify how to snazz this dress up
  2. I tried a few different necklaces to add length, angles and interest. Creating a balanced look meant the necklace should not be too chunky or too subtle. I personally don’t have many long necklaces so I will be keeping my eyes open for another one!
  3. Experimented with handbags. I bet you won’t believe me when I tell you in my thirties, I would only have 1 handbag per season. Shocking! These days I have a collection, many bought at thrift stores and I use them all as I finish off an outfit.
  4. Choose footwear for casual comfort and a balanced look keeping in mind my outings in this dress.

 

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Less is more.

I was at it again yesterday, pairing down my own wardrobe with an extra 20 minutes I had between my lunch date and a client.

This spring had been so busy I hadn’t taken the time to purge myself, instead, my closet was a mess of shoes strewn on the floor, as well a handful of items to be donated and on the hangers a mix of winter items with spring/summer. I am almost embarrassed to add an unpacked box from when we moved in 9 months ago.

When I walked in to change my pants (it’s super small by the way and I am hoping for a closet system to organize better soon!) something snapped inside of me and I began to grab and toss items that needed to go.

The limited time added some pressure which made me more ruthless and thus freer by the end!

Two kitchen catcher garbage bags full and a few items my friend is happily taking – I was texting her some items during my purge I thought she would like, suit her well and appreciate since I had spent good monies on them.

We put too much value on pieces we spent good money on but continue to sit in our closet unworn.

So, how did I decide what stayed and what went?

Many of the pieces – the ones I spent more money on and still fit me well hadn’t been worn because they simply didn’t suit me anymore, so my younger girlfriend gladly took them and I feel good about that; they suit her at the stage she is at in her life.

The other items I was bored with, so they sit there waiting to be worn and not getting picked – so they went too!

I LOVE to purge. Having uncluttered space throughout my home, not just the closet feels great. So, it’s no surprise that over the next week every time I am waiting for the kettle to boil or dinner to cook, I will likely be cleaning out a drawer or two.

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