Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My new favorite summer dress


This is my new favorite dress.


I can't tell you how many times since I took these pictures I've worn this dress...seriously. It's the comfiest, most flattering dress ever! When I rescued this beauty from the thrift store it was a long, very unflattering 90's era dress with a mid-calf length, much like this dress. I simply chopped it off and gave it a new length, with a subtle scooped hi-low hem.




It was just under 110 degrees (!!!) here in Idaho on the day that I wore this dress, and I felt cool and cute all day despite the heat. I of course paired it with my mint green necklace that I made and have worn a million times (and I show you how to make your own, here!).


 I also threw on my new thrifted American Eagle Outfitters nude wedge heels! These go with everything and are perfectly summery and casual.


This is a simple outfit that is just chock full of DIY. I really wanted to show how you can incorperate DIY into your daily style without anyone ever knowing. DIY style doesn't always have to be crazy, artsy or obvious. Sometimes it's just an understated cool way to dress (if I want to pat myself on the back a little).


Dress: Gap (thrifted, from the 90's) $6. Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters (thrifted) $8. Belt: Thrifted, $.99. Necklace: Made by me!

Outfit total cost: $14.99!

What do you think of my new dress? I'm trying to come up with ways to transition it into the fall...any suggestions?

~Jessica 


26 comments:

  1. That is so cute! It's amazing what a new hem line belt can do! The print doesn't even.look dated. I would have guessed Forever21 or something. Good job! :)
    Elle
    Www.MakeSmileRepeat.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I am sometimes guilty of thinking that a belt + a new hem will fix any hideous thrifted thing, so I'm really happy that this one turned out!

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  2. It's my new favorite dress too! I love the buttons up the front! Another great refashion:)

    A cardigan, leggings & boots would work just fine for fall.

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    1. You're right! I was thinking that some tights and boot socks, tall boots and a chunky white sweater over the top might be cute too. But I like the idea of the cardigan because I could belt it and still maintain some shape!

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  3. What a great dress! I love floral dresses for the summer.
    www.shannonheartsblog.com

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  4. Super cute! A little cardigan would be cute for fall.

    Julia @ Mom on the Run x2

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  5. That's such a pretty sun dress, and like Amy said you can go from summer to fall with no problem! Very versatile. :)

    xo,

    Ana Paula

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  6. I just love navy. You look super:)

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  7. Fun outfit - So darling!

    Thank you for choosing to link up with Style Sessions.

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  8. Very delicate and pretty!

    http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

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  9. Love the color!
    :) Liz @ www.rusticpeach.com

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  10. Super cute! love it!
    Morgaine @ Madcap Frenzy
    P.S. I would love if you would link up any of your awesome posts at my July Totally Tuesday Link Party: http://madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/07/july-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
    Hugs!

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  11. What a cute floral dress!! I love your sandals too!
    Christy
    Sunny with a side of...

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  12. what a great dress!!! so cute. stopping frm one artsy mama!

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  13. So cute! That's my thrifting motto: "cut it and belt it." My best friend taught me that. I've gotten some amazing outfits because of it!

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  14. Love that dress!!
    :) Liz @ www.rusticpeach.com

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  15. Looks darling!

    I've done something similar to a couple of sleeveless dresses from the back of my closet this year. Instead of chopping off the bottom I chopped out the middle to make an empire waist bodice and a gathered skirt. On hot days I don't want anything with a waist band or belt and these dresses feel like there is a cool breeze flowing from hem to neckline. (Plus these dresses don't require me to keep my tummy tucked in.) I added ties at the side seam where the skirt meets the bodice. Usually they are loosely tied at the back but when I want a trimmer look I tie them a bit shorter.

    I just took these dresses on vacation and I received so many compliments on them.

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  16. Love this dress! They would work so well here right now in the heat!!
    Nightchayde

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  17. i can see why that dress is your favorite! the cute print, the buttons, the high low! super cute look!

    kelseybang.com

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  19. Cute! I would add leggings a sweater and some boots and maybe a lacy scarf for fall. :)

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