Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY Fishtail Maxi Dress

Alright, I'll admit it... I'm a self made fashionista. I do not have the room in our budget to adorn myself in the latest fashions, so I have to make do with what I've got! Don't we all? I am certainly not complaining, the opportunity to express my creativity is fulfilling!

I am not sure if it was last year or the year before but I spotted a dress I fell in love with when I was out shopping with friends. You know the one, the loose fitting slightly draped gathered waist dresses. I think I was at JCrew but I know I saw some at several of the outlet stores. 

Surely you've seen the type, these are from Revolve Clothing:


Anyway, I hardly ever shell out full price for anything and before I even dare go shopping I see if I can make do with what I've got. Well, let me tell you... I did it! I have this maxi dress, see... I bought it on sale for like $8 from ASOS (excellent site for sale shoppers, btw) and I wear it everywhere. I pulled it out while on vacation and it was hot so I wanted something shorter. I wanted a day dress. So I reached down and grabbed the sides of the dress right at my thighs and I hiked it up. I then took my most used fashion accessory, a men's belt I found at a thrift store that's about an XXL, and I did what I always do with it: I wrapped it around my waist to hold up the excess fabric. Then I untucked the dress a bit and VOILA! I got what I was looking for. I EVEN got the added surprise of the fishtail in the back!!! I couldn't believe it, a double whammy! I paired it with my brightest fuschia colored lace bra to add a pop of color and I could not have been happier with the look. Just between you and me, I wore this for like 3 days in a row.

Ugh! Terrible posture, eh? Whatev's... we were on vacay!

So that's that, my DIY Fishtail Maxi Dress. I would imagine any maxi dress would work and any type of waist belt would, too. I hope it works out for you!

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  1. This is a GREAT idea!! You rock, girl!! ;)

    1. Thanks! I was so excited I jumped up and down like a school girl! I wanted one of those dresses so darn badly!

  2. YOU are seriously a genius ! I am not nearly as creative as you are with making clothes work when the money just isn't there! I need to get more creative, because the money certainly just is not there right now!

    1. We can play with your closet when I come visit! I seriously missed my calling as a stylist. Well, budget stylist! I LOVE finding new uses for old things. Sometimes just a fresh eye does wonders for an old, loved garment!

  3. the dress looks so amazing on you!you're so good in matching pieces. love it! :)

  4. That looks so amazing, and for $8 and a little creativity added, you could hardly do better!

  5. I also enjoy the gray strapless dress you posted!


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