26 April 2010

The long and the short of it

Have you ever chopped off a dress you bought? I hadn't considered doing this with any of my dresses or skirts - mainly because I am scared of ruining a beautiful vintage number, but also due to my non-existing sewing skills. Until I saw a photo of myself...

But before I come to this, let me digress for two moments.

I want to show you that I am following through on my resolution to start wearing hats. This time I sneakingly borrowed one from my friend Danah's boyfriend, who is back in Paris...

And here are my new oxfords!! They are super thin and soft - they feel like dance shoes - and are very comfy! I am thinking about replacing the laces with black ribbon.

So back to that dress I was talking about. It's the dress I bought on my first Adelaide Opshopping trip. I wore it for a recent lunch outing. But when I looked at the pictures I took for an outfit post, I actually didn't like it at all. It needed to be chopped!
So here is the before picture:

Hat: borrowed
Dress, Salvos originally Target
Belt, from Vinnies
Tights, Sportsgirl
Oxfords, Steve Madden

And here it is once I chopped it off:

I like it better - what do you think?


Anonymous said...

loving the whole outfit! want a hat like that! ;)

SarahAnn said...

Absolutely like it better! I'm only 5'3", so the length of my skirts matters a great deal--especially since I have no height in my legs. One of my favorite things to do is thrift some vintage pieces and transform them!


Eli said...

I would say about half of vintage dresses need to but cut shorter! You did a great job,

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I absolutely love your style! Just wanted you to know that I made you "outfit of the week" on my blog. Dont worry, I added a link back to your blog. The only thing is that I'm not sure what your name is (how embarrasing) so if you wanted me to add your name, please email me at

thejoyoffashion [at] hotmail [dot] com

Hope you like it! Congrats on having such a great style!


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