2010-07-25

Old Dog, Same Tricks

knot1

knot4

knot2

knot3

knot6


Dress? Thrifted
Broaches? Antique store and borrowed from my parents' stash.
Shoes? ?, DSW, super old
Snakeskin clutch? Saks, Winners


Just a week ago I wore a dress of synthetic material and tied a knot in the hem and here is the same trick again. Practice makes perfect? I found this handmade dress thrifting last week and I was hoping it was silk (no tags obviously). Judging by the fact that I was sweating like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee (sadly that is not my line...), I'm going to say that this dress is polyester.

What is a new trick is that I pinned the dress to my bra. The broaches were so heavy that it pulled the material down and made my chest look prematurely low. I pinned through my bra to stabilize it and keep things uplifted. A good bra and a pretty broach are going to make plastic surgeons unemployed.

61 comments :

briannelee said...

I love how you tied and pinned it. Super cute!

Sabrina said...

Love the print on this dress, its fantastic! Very crafty how you pinned and tied it all. I might have to try the broach/bra trick, but I don't think it will work on me.

A.Co said...

Great dress, love the knot - smartie pants.

Your legs look phenom in this set!!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

406 Olivia said...

Fabulous print and colors on the dress...and the broaches + knotted hem are genius!

xoxo,
~O~

nic said...

Love that first pic - your smile is gorgeous and your legs are spectacular...I didn't even notice the dress. ;-)

Chaucee said...

Very very cute! I really love how you did you hair in this post! Can you post some pictures on how you did it?

Eunice said...

great dress!


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Natasha said...

I love everything about this outfit...I really need to try more brooching/tieing tricks!!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I absolutely loveee this dress on you! And your legs look AMAZING! Ah!! :)

Linda said...

Love how you tied it up! Looks great.

The Pretty Pauper said...

I wish I had legs like that to tie my dresses like that! Such a great look on you!


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Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Beauty and brains! ;)
Gorgeous dress too. I'm so jealous of your tan. *Sigh* I try to console myself with the fact that it's winter. But if we're being really honest I'm a ranga and well...you know.

eleanor said...

That dress is amazing, I love what you did with it! You mixed all the patterns here really well. And I'm repeating myself you are seriously so beautiful.

X

Nadine said...

That brooch-pinning is sensational!

As is your hair.

Fashion Butter said...

Love the knotting/pinning. I am going to have to steal those ideas. Thanks.

ciupa said...

great look on you!

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That dress is gorgeous, particularly with the brooches.

Tiffany said...

I'm definitely going to steal this idea. That dress fits you perfectly! perfectly inspirational.

Half Dressed said...

Really pretty dress, and the knot in the hem is a fab idea, especially if a dress is a tad longer than you'd like!

L x
http://only-halfdressed.blogspot.com/

Christina said...

Lovely. Good thinking with the broach!

Holly Courtney said...

I really like the tying/pinning and the fabric of the dress. You have beautiful legs BTW!

Fancy Pants said...

Fabulous!
--Katie
www.redlipsandbardothair.blogspot.com

KT said...

Love the pinning technique. I was looking at the picture trying to figure out if that is how you bought the dress and then read your explanation. Great idea! Now, I've got to try it.

tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

ahhhhhh i love it. the lighting, the dress.. the DIY shaping.
good job.
2 thumbs up, wayyy up.

Emily

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

as soon as i saw this, i thought "i wish i had somewhere fancy to go where i could try to dress up as pretty as jentine."
but seriously--this is gorgeous.

Lindsey N. said...

I have never seen anyone tie dresses like you do, but I absolutely love this. I'm so going to steal it someday. When I'm brave enough, lol-I don't know if I can look as gorgeous as you!

Lindsey Soup

Becky said...

That pinning trick is genius! I'm gonna have to try that. You're inspiring me to go thrifting more with each post.

Lauren said...

Unbelievable styling - just perfection. I love the paisley paired with leopard print shoes!! Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

Small Time Style

joelle van dyne said...

this dress looks great on you! i love the pattern and the way you pinned and tied it to make it more fitted. i'm going to keep these tricks in mind next time i'm out thrifting. ~joelle

La Historiadora de Moda said...

You look gorgeous! You have the best legs, lady!

Amy said...

The print of that dress is just gorgeous!

ag. said...

i LOVE that first photo of you! super cute outfit!

just my style said...

GAAAH! Can I say I hate you but actually mean you are a fashion genious, I love you and your amazing style? You never cease to amaze me...the outfits keep gettig better and better I SWEAR! Ok I digress.... Nice outfit....

Nicki said...

That dress is fabulous! I really like the knot addition =).

Linda said...

It wasn't silk? balls!

I think you will be starting a new trend...knot skirts anyone?

Rachael said...

This is my absolute FAVORITE of yours so far! You look stunning. What a great way to wear that dress. :)

merl said...

So here's me, sitting on the ipaddizle after dinner while in Seattle contemplating a run (let's be honest-fast walk) and the longer I sit, the more hold the Cesar salad coma takes hold. And then I clickity click over to your new post....and I see your legs. Which take one look at my pasty out of shape stems and fall over laughing. I both hate and love you for guilting me into the workout.

The broaches? Ugh you kill me.

Kees.

Julia said...

Awesome! I'm tying my hem tomorrow, dude. So cool. I adore this print (Ive been way into prints lately!) and may I say you look HOT in these photos. Adore.

xo

casual ambiguity said...

oh I love the print of this dress! and you are the second person (Second skin is the other!) I've seen today whose tied the little knot in the dress. I will have to try that myself!

Destined For Now said...

You mix of colors and patterns is so surprising and really great! I love your aesthetic.

closet365 said...

Genius! I have a couple of dresses I should try this with.

And the print on that one is fantastic. Love!

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

I love the silhouette you created with the brooch and the knot - such easy ways to totally transform a dress. That print is fantastic, too. You look so pretty in these pictures!

Elaine said...

I love the broaches! I'll have to remember that next time instead of always belting bigger dresses.

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

Anthea said...

Very chic look!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Glitter Scrubs said...

good lord woman how do you plan on topping this one? freaking beautiful! there are 45 comments on here for a reason. i'm jealous and inspired all at once. there will never be another print out there like this one and this is exactly why i hate and love thrifting.. haaaamiltooon share your thrift stores with the rest of us!!

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E said...

Oh the way you pinned it is GENIUS! It looks perfect with this dress!

H to the izzo said...

Holy wow I love this! The knotting of the hem echoes the pleating up top and throughout and looks like it was made that way. Love the pattern. I like the addition of the brooch (I love a sparkle like you do). Plus, it shows a bit more of your legs, which look fab here!

ash said...

what a great idea!
thx for sharing :)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

I really love the mixing of the prints! So chic and unexpected but still doesn't look contrived!

Bekah Mae said...

Fab idea! It's like the 80s tshirt clips, but so much more classy! Way to save that vintage number...love it. You look great.

Kyla said...

You are so clever! I'm totally ripping this off someday - no worries, I'll cite my sources :)

brooke said...

love love this idea!

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Katie said...

I usually don't comment much on bloggies, but I just HAD to tell you what a great idea the brooch pinning this is! It serves almost the same purpose as a belt but it much fresher and pretty!

Since I am here, I should tell you that I love reading your blog, your writing is hilarious!

:)

Katie said...

Omg I need to proofread!! Embarassing! My grammer is horrible...at least you got two comments out of me!!! :)

Shane Radbone said...

love your outfit so so so much. so sexy

Family Lawyers Sydney said...

such a fancy floral dress. love a lots

Clare said...

This little knotted-up dress looks INCREDIBLE (I say, a whole damn week late in commenting to this post)!

Kate said...

polyester or not, the dress looks gorgeous on you! Love the broach, and great idea pinning it to your bra to avoid unnecessary sagging! ;)

sartoriography said...

WAAAH! I'm obsessed with this dress. I love it to an unnatural degree. It's completely gorgeous in every way. Even with your invisible Mike Tyson-worthy sweat, it's the prettiest things I've seen in (in the words of the kid from "Sandlot") "fooor-evvv-errrr."