I missed this month's Petite Fashion Challenge, but please visit Megan's post to check out all of the participants' outfits. This month's theme was "Chic Pin-spiration." I created a Pinterest account but haven't used it yet - I'm excited to start after my exam! As we take inspiration from photo sharing sites, however, I think it's important to remember to credit the original source versus just show the image.
For those who have asked about getting soft, wavy hair...it can be very simple with no curling iron required! Please see this video from 1:30 - 2:20 where I do a quick demonstration. The only difference is now I usually do two buns in the back (one on each side), and sleep on them (removing the butterfly clip) after my hair is mostly dry. I am relegated to this hairstyle every few months when I'm overdue for a haircut and my hair is so long when straight that it doesn't look professional.
After assessing this dress and reading all of your opinions (thank you!), I decided to keep it even though it's not perfect. The spots are fun and I am a fan of the feminine draping. If this dress doesn't get enough wear, I hope to pass it on during a future closet clean-out. I took up both shoulder straps by an inch, which helped address the low neckline, but didn't do much for the roominess/length.
On a whim, I tried something here that I preached against in this post. This boyfriend-length blazer looked disproportionate with a below-the-knee dress, so I tried to fold up several inches of dress length above the waist belt (see above pic). I went for a vintage grecian-inspired look, but the results were more reminiscent of stomach flab, especially from the back. Going forward, I will be sticking to shorter, cropped jackets for longer dress/skirt hemlines...
I got this jacket for under $25 at "Lefties" in Spain, which supposedly is Zara's outlet. It is a regular size S and was roomy throughout, but fit in the shoulders (important). When I was in China earlier this year, I brought a suitcase filled with clothing that desperately needed alterations. I remembered there were several "street-side tailors" by my relatives' homes, but unfortunately everyone was gone for Chinese New Year.
After wandering around unsuccessfully looking for options, I ended up taking a huge risk by going to a dry cleaner. I don't recommend dry cleaner tailors for anything other than a simple hem, but I was about to leave for the Philippines the next day (Nick was already there and said there were no tailors to be found). Shockingly, there was no area at the cleaners for me to even try on my skirts/pants and get "pinned" to fit (and I was wearing 10 puffy layers in the cold). Imagine me loudly and adamantly protesting as the lady just marked up my clothing by eyeballing/roughly measuring my body.
Lips: Revlon "Ravish me Red" (a juicy red-orange)
After meticulously re-taking all the measurements myself and hounding her about how many years she's been tailoring (8+) ... I warily paid the $18 bill to alter ~7 things. It was $2 USD to take in skirts with lining, and about $5 to completely take in this blazer including side, back, sleeve length, and sleeve width. My aunt warned me not to bargain over the price (even though we bargain everywhere else in China) because she didn't want the tailor to do a sloppy job.
The next day, I sprinted to pick up my stuff and rushed right back home to try it on. I was generally pleased with the workmanship, but there were three issues: 2 skirts were taken in too much, and a sleeve lining on this jacket was botched. I picked my battles in the essence of time, ignored the sleeve lining, and bravely asked for re-alterations on the two skirts before jetting off. The same bill would have been about $200 at my Boston tailor. Despite saving 90% on alterations, I do NOT recommend hastily taking beloved clothes to a tailor before doing proper research on their skills (see my old post for some tips), especially if you can't even try on the garments for a fitting. One skirt is sadly still too butt-hugging on me for work.
I saw these adorable little bows at Madewell which reminded me of a long-lost accessory. I tried these clips once with tan pumps, but wasn't sold on the look. Now that I have perfectly matching navy shoes, the bows look more integrated. I'd love to DIY some over-sized bow clips next, Valentino style.
Readers - Have you ever taken alterations risks in order to save some $$? What was the outcome and would you do it again?