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.