Yes, this personal stylist is advocating for the wearing of a dress that does not fit. Fashion rules dictated that you really should only buy and wear pieces that fit you well. You have also heard me harp on the importance of a good fit. Thus, to hear me say that your dress doesn’t always have to fit should come as a surprise to you. However, this is not an open invitation to embrace all ill-fitting clothing.
During a Goodwill visit in Annapolis, MD, I spotted this beautiful dress. I love the old-school look, and the various color lines that run down the entire dress. Best of all, the price after my military discount was a $1! I honestly assumed it would fit, as the size 6 on the tag was my exact size. Therefore, I did not believe I needed to try it on.
When I got home, I immediately tried on the dress. While the arms fit perfectly, this dress could barely reach together to button up. I am convinced that it was a vintage 6, which probably means a size 2. I was so disappointed, but rather than place it in the donate pile, I hung it up, determined to find a way to get my dollar’s wear out of this dress.
As the summer ended and the fall season rolled in, I pulled this dress out as a last minute option while heading out to a garden party with some friends. I had originally planned on simply wearing an all-white outfit. Before you say anything. Let me just put it out there that you can wear white after Labor Day. In fact, this is probably the first time that I have seen white worn after Labor Day as just another thing. So, don’t stress yourself about those antiquated fashion rules.
My all-white outfit consisted of a simple white tank top and some awesome white skinny jeans from Old Navy. I love the distressed look with these jeans and got a lot of wear out of them this past summer. And, I as I looked at the outfit in the mirror, my $1 dress popped in my head. Why not simply wear the dress over the entire outfit, and keep the buttons open. No one needed to know that this dress definitely did not fit me. The look simply came together, and appeared as though it was meant to look like this!
I could have worn any color heels to bring out the white, but wanted the dress to do the speaking, so I finished the outfit with these thrifted Nine West heels that I picked up from Buffalo Exchange in Washington, D.C. for $9. Finally, to complete this look, I went with this Kate Spade clutch that I got from an estate sale for $2. I LOVE estate sales. You can definitely get some amazing and beautiful pieces at some ridiculously low costs. If you are not busy on the weekend, simply google estate sales in your area. I promise you that they are worth the drive to check them out.
Do you have a dress in your closet that may not fit that well anymore, but can easily be salvaged if worn over some jeans and a tank?