Dress? Wayne Clark, thrifted Shoes? Aldo (still love 'em, on sale here) Purse? Beverly Feldman, bridesmaid gift Necklace? Clyde's Rebirth (here)

This dress was a bit of a hassle to figure out, but obviously well worth the effort because it has a polka dot circle skirt. Really anything with a circle skirt is worth the effort.
What makes the dress tricky is that the fit on the chest is a little snug compared to the fit of the rest of the dress and then on top of that, the waist sash is supposed to be a drop waist. I tried to respect the slight 1920's nod that the designer obviously gave this dress but I spent half the day wearing it with a drop waist and I fidgeted the entire time. The waist sash is huge and really awkward (picture of it undone here, it's like the size of a skirt in itself...) and I couldn't figure out how to raise the waist and hide some of the volume of the waist tie in a half elegant manner.
And then I remembered being in Grade 11 and learning to tie a Windsor knot so I could wear a tie to school, just like our Canadian hero Avril Lavigne. And that bad moment of fashion direction totally redeemed itself because I tied the waist sash in a loose interpretation of the Windsor knot and suddenly the dress made sense on me.
Sometimes you need to make bad fashion choices in your life, just so you can appreciate your personal style growth. And so you can learn to tie a tie.


his_girl_friday said...

What a great find! I love the way you've tied it. Avril would be proud.

CodeOverdressed said...

Pretty dress! Glad you figured out a way to make it work cause the feminine silhouette is amazing, not sure Avril would wear it but she'll be proud of you!

Cee. ♥
Code Overdressed

Gwen said...

Damn that dress looks elegant on you! Good idea with the knot, we'd never have guessed about the awkward drop waist if you hadn't written about it... Are you going to chop the sash off so you can play around with other belts (like that kickass leopard print belt you have) or would the construction of the dress make that difficult...?

HandJ Cobb said...

Love it! I was wondering what you were going to do with this dress when I saw it during the winter posts, damn it's fabulous!


Ladies in Navy said...

amazing dress!
kw ladies in navy

Van Nguyen said...

*applause* because you're curtsying. I love it when you have that AHA! moment. I like that midi dress very much.

Dana Jo said...

Gorgeous summer dress! Looks vintage and romantik.. beautiful.
Love your sandals :)

Dana, Germany

gleeps said...

Never would've known it was a struggle to come up with this effortless look. You look amazing in this dress - love the way you tied the sash.

Leah said...

This outfit is pure perfection! Where are the glasses from?

myedit said...

Leah- Old Navy maybe???

Anja said...

This is my dream come true dress!! Lovely!I definitely would wear it any day!