10.16.2012

Altered State: Floral Secretary Dress

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Here's the before and after. I think it's a definite improvement, how about you? The simplest changes can make all the difference!

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All I really did was cut and hem the bottom to a shorter length, and give the dress short sleeves. Often times I'll take the sleeves off of vintage dresses entirely, but I really loved the puffy shoulders on this one. Adding elastic and making short sleeves seemed like the best way to keep the shoulders, but update the look. It's the first time I've tried this, but I think it really worked out well!

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Whatcha Wearing?
Vintage dress from an estate sale
Tights from We Love Colors
Hat from Buffalo Exchange
Belt from Crossroads Trading
AK Anne Klein boots from Beacon's Closet

I wore this out to happy hour on Saturday and it felt so perfectly fall. It's already hot out again, so I'm glad I wore this while I could. Hopefully there will be plenty more cool days coming up to remix this dress into other outfits!

I'm linking up with Thrifters Anonymous, #YOLO Mondays, Steppin' Out, Rolled Up Pretty, and Real Girl Glam.


18 comments:

  1. Hi there found on Thrifters Anonymous
    Pretty what you did to the dress
    I did that too shortened but kept the sleeves
    Love your blog, very pretty
    I will follow you

    Ariane xxxx

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  2. Definitively an improvement, love the red tights and boots, give the dress it's modern edge. Great designing!

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    1. I agree, the tights and boots are really what pull it all together.

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  3. Wow! You did such an incredible job! It looks amazing. What a pretty dress and I LOVE your hat!! Gorgeous outfit :) visiting from the real girl glam link-up!

    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Jessi! The alterations aren't perfect, but they're good enough for me!

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  4. You really fixed up this dress! I love doing small alterations on vintage to customize it. The hat is excellent as well!

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    1. I have to make a point of not wearing this hat all the time. It just seems to go so well with everything in my wardrobe!

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  5. This is great Chrissi, so creative. Wow, you are so GORGEOUS, what a FACE!!!! xo!

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    1. Awww...now my face is blushing. Thanks for the nice compliment!

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  6. oh look at you!! the dress definitely looks better with the improvements you did. good call on keeping the puffy sleeve and shortening the length. the blue hat and orange tights are great as is your awesome fiery hair!

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    1. My fiery hair matches these tights!

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  7. Dying! In LOVE! If you ever put it in your shop, it's MINE!

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    1. I promise you first dibs if I ever decide to sell it :)

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  8. You did a good job with that dress.
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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. such a great idea. thanks for sharing-i plan on copying this soon :)

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    1. It was super simple to execute...you should definitely go for it!

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