Autumn Wedding Wear: Jewel-tone floral & necklace as a belt

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H&M dress from Khatu (semi similar), Louboutin Simple 85 pumps, Chanel WOC, Talbots jewelry

Last weekend, I had so much fun in Dallas for a close friend's wedding. The forecast showed sunny skies and a high of 85, but my mind was in full-on autumn mode. The night before my flight, I was still at work with no dress, and texted Khatu in a panic. She was a lifesaver and swung by my office with the perfect solution.

I absolutely loved the rich, dark hues on this dress combined with the floaty chiffon layering. Ruby red pumps and hunter green stones were an easy choice for accentuating the colors in the print. On a whim, I held my necklace up against my waist and rather liked the look of a jeweled belt. Despite all the opinions received from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram friends...I couldn't make up my mind, and ended up doing belt for the ceremony and necklace for the reception.
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The necklace only reached partly around my waist, so I rummaged around for a connector of sorts. A navy, full-bodied chiffon sash would've been ideal, but in my last-minute searching fury, I couldn't find sash, ribbon, or neck ties of any color. I ended up taking a pair of old black stockings and cut out two strips with angled ends to sew together. After temporarily removing the clasp on the necklace with small pliers, I simply strung the stocking sash through the two chain link ends of the necklace, and finished with a festive bow.
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My date in a Theory suit and shirt, with yet another pocket square made out of thrift store project scraps.
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My gorgeous friend Vy on her special day:
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Below left: Got to meet two sweet readers Julie and Jennifer - we had a wonderful time chatting about chasing our dreams, as well as lighter topics like our mutual favorite bloggers. Below right: dress twins! Below Center: Can't resist photobooth fun.
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One of the best part about borrowing items from a crafty, like-sized friend is that they are already pre-altered to perfection. This dress was from H&M "trend" and was designed for a taller figure. Khatu took up both shoulder straps, and used the excess fabric to make a connector across the back so that a bra band can be concealed (my dress twin at the wedding had to wear pasties). The resulting neckline/back was perfect for wearing a light push-up bra for extra oomph, but of course I forgot to pack mine.

Also switched to darker lip color (Rimmel Bordeaux) for the evening reception:
vywedding9 Just wanted to show a close-up of this pocket square fabric, which was left over from a thrifted skirt hem. I balk at the price tags of squares in stores, and thankfully Nick doesn't mind my DIY ones. Ever since realizing how easy they are to make (see last wedding), I'm always keeping one eye open for scrap fabric with character - especially ones that can coordinate with my outfits too : )vywedding8 Readers - Will you be trying the necklace as a belt?

75 comments:

  1. Such attractive people! :) You both look divine!!! I love how you decided to wear that necklace both ways. So creative!

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  2. Clever, clever, ingenious with the necklace-as-belt and transforming hose into a sash/connector!!!! Perfect autumn wedding attire. Fall is always tough to find non-LBD wedding attire.

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  3. Wow! I'm blown away by your flawless outfits. You truly have a gift with styling and DIY jobs. Thanks again for another great post.

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  4. How funny that you ran into someone wearing the same dress! That makes 3 of you with excellent taste. :) Pink lips work better with this dress than ruby red, I think.

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  5. You always have great DIY ideas, Jean! ever consider being a stylist instead?

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  6. wow you have great ideas!!!
    and of course look amazing
    kisses from Milano!
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it

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  7. The idea with the cut up stockings is amazing! I'lll definitely have to keep that one in mind!

    x
    Sabrina

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  8. Beautiful! You and your BF make such a gorgeous couple! :)

    KT

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  9. wwoow wow both of you look so amazing and stylish!

    Laura x

    demure-porcelain.blogspot.com

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  10. Yeah, without the back strap, one has to wear a low-back bra with that dress.

    You guys look great.

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  11. you're so creative! i love how the black bow looks with your necklace as a belt.

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  12. You both look fabulous! If you don't mind me asking, what do you do (career, etc.)? For someone your young age and the wardrobe you have, it is beyond anything most people I know have! I am just curious! Thanks! =)

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  13. You both look amazing!! Love the print of the dress and am always impressed by your creative accessorizing! Also LOVE the darker lip color on you! Love this post! :)

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  14. The dress is perfect on you, you guys make a gorgeous couple :)

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  15. You look great, that silhouette is perfect for your figure. I have not tried a necklace a belt yet but it's great idea.
    Xo
    Rachelle
    Http://pinksole.com

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  16. Wow, you look great! So beautiful!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

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  17. both your eyes are so sparkly! i like the muted florals of your dress and how nice of khatu to come to the rescue! it fits very well and the jewel necklace as belt was a brilliant addition

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  18. Thank you for so much inspiration and fun while reading this post:-)
    You look great as always, and make beautiful couple with Nick:-)

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  19. I do already use a necklace as a belt, and pretty often, too. :) You look gorgeous in that outfit and ingenious of using old stockings to sew the necklace to be a belt!

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  20. You look so stunning in this dress! And I love the necklace as a belt look, just gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia

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  21. Reallyyy Cute jean...ur a professional career woman, but i was always curious what does nick do?

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  22. You both look very lovely. That is so nice to have a life size, life saver friend on situations like last minute panic. The necklace/belt are great fun indeas and work well worn separately.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi Jean! It was so good to finally meet you! I hope our enthusiasm wasn't too much for you. ^_^ I have been reading your blog for a while now and always love your DIY's, style, and updates. I thought you looked lovely at the wedding and loved that you creative with the necklace. I had no idea the bow was created that way. I also thought how classy it was when you met your twin at the wedding and took a picture with her. I hope you visit Texas again soon and would love to take you out for more Boiling Crab and good Tex-Mex.

    Take care,
    Julie

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  24. Loving the H&M dress!

    We're *dying* over oxblood at The Glitter Life! http://the-glitter-life.com/2012/10/29/oxblood-2/

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  25. Love the necklace/belt idea! What a crafty way to add some originality to the outfit!

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  26. Hi Jean! Love the necklace/belt idea! You're so creative!

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  27. This is such a gorgeous dress. Love the alteration idea for the back.

    XX,

    Christie

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  28. You look absolutely stunning, Jean! The burgundy pumps were a fantastic edition to the outfit, and the jeweled belt ended up looking fantastic!

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  29. oh yes, i love the dress with the belt! all looks fabulous

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  30. You're so resourceful Jean! I love how quickly you were able to make the connector. Amazing.

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  31. you and khatu rock the alterations - this dress looks amazing on you! the wedding looked like a blast and the bride is gorgeous!

    xox

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  32. This outfit really epitomizes how creative (and stylish) both you are Khatu are. You look amazing! N and I are on our 4th wedding this year and I'm running out of outfit ideas... thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Such a gorgeous outfit. The colour really suits you!

    www.petitestyleonline.com

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  34. Beee-u-ti-fulll!

    Nick, you lookin` darn fine yourself!

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  35. Dang! You are just taking it to a new level each time. I love it. I'm so excited since my sewing class starts this Saturday (thanks to your inspiration). I NEVER would have thought to use a necklace that way... so cute.
    I used your packing tips on my recent business trip. I felt so put together too. And, I used your idea of wearing nicer flats for commuting. I wasn't embarassed when I pulled a pair of nude flats vs. lugging around tennis shoes/trying to walk all of SF in heels.
    I love the new direction of your blog. It's more focused on the fit/general sytle vs. trying to buy specific pieces.

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  36. Omg, I was at Ha Vy's wedding too! What a small world! I wish I could've run into you at the wedding and met you; your outfit was perfect! :)

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  37. Love the crafty ideas with Khatu's back band and your belt bow with stockings. You and Nick look great!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  38. Jean, I believed you live in the East Coast. Just want to leave this message here and tell you to be safe during Hurricane Sandy.

    Thank you so much for having this blog. It is an inspiration to me.

    Best regards,
    Grace

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  39. Necklace as belt = AMAZING. You better believe I'm going through my necklaces in my head to think if I have any that would make good belts!

    Sarah's Real Life

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  40. Gorgeous outfit! I use my necklaces as belts too! Just can't have them too tight or they might break!

    Kim
    A Pretty Thought

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  41. sucha cute couple, And this dress, mmm like a dream:)

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  42. You are smoking!!

    Http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com

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  43. I actually got this dress too (for only $17!) and was wondering how I would alter it...any tips of how to shorten the straps would be awesome (I am not very DIY with the alterations). The extra strap in the back to hide the bra strap is awesome though.

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  44. Pls. tell your boyfriend, he is pogi/guapo. You are maganda and cute as a button.

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  45. the dress is amazing. you look fantastic! xxo
    ewa

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  46. I have no words ... you're beautiful

    http://siempremisspetula.blogspot.com.es/

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  47. Jean, you look beautiful in these photos. Texas light is so much better than this gray! Hope you're well!

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  48. You look stunning! This dress is so classic and elegant, and I love how creative you were in pulling together that belt. Khatu's alterations are genius, too! I can see why you are friends!

    -Erin-
    OneTwoSummer

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  49. Amazing dress! You two look so cute together!

    xoxo
    Narae

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  50. Wow, I can't believe that dress was from H&M! So glad you wore the necklace both ways. My fav was wearing it as a necklace :)

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  51. Stunning dress - the colours are so beautiful!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

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  52. I loved the necklace when you wore it as bracelet. This way is great too ! Lovely dress :) - Aleena

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  53. You looks so stunning! I definitely love love love the HM dress.

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  54. You both look so gorgeous together!

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  55. Very nice dress, very nice ensemble. you guys make a beautiful couple!
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  56. Love this! You guys are such a sweet couple =) Lookin' Good! Love how you styled everything. And the Pocket squares are amazing!

    BTW. I just checked out Jennifer's Youtube. WOW She is one talented lady!! I just watched and loved all her videos!!! WHY IS SHE NOT FAMOUS!!! She's got an AMAZING voice. My Favourite videos are Payphone and Super Bass. Totally watched both videos twice and bookmarked her page. Thanks for sharing Jean!! GO JEN!!! You totally have what it takes!! =) xoxo

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  57. =O Didn't know you came to the Big D. Hope you had fun here! You and Nick are so absolutely cute, and I love love love your outfit ideas. It inspires me to get out of my teal scrubs and get dressed on the weekends. I think my husband has seen a change in my outfits..more accessories/colors/layering. Thanks!

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  58. I was wondering if you ever shop on J.Crew Factory? They have size 00 however it is not petite sized.. I was wondering if I should consider it? Especially for jackets.... Thanks!

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  59. Wonderful outfit - great last minute DIY with the belt, too!

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  60. You have such a creative mind. You look classy and beautiful as always.

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  61. Cute outfit! Love the purse!!!

    http://beauu-papillon.blogspot.com

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  62. OMG! I can't imagine how you felt when you saw someone with the same dress!!! Must've been stressful!

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  63. Jean, I've been reading your blog since last year, and all I can say is you are soooo pretty =) wish I could dress like you, but as a broke university student with a job that allows me to wear jeans/runners/yoga pants, probably not going to happen anytime soon. You're an inspiration! Love from Canada! <3

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  64. Woooow! you are looking super pretty:)

    Check out my blog where I posted my first fashion magazine, http://gemmamonclus.blogspot.com.es

    Love,Gemma

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  65. There are so many wonderful things about this post! I love that you met readers, that you didn't mind running-into a dress twinsie, and how you turned a necklace into a belt, and then wore that "belt" for the reception! And great job on the DIY in the back, Khatu. What a FABULOUS idea!

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  66. LOVE this dress, so pretty! Just found your blog, I love it! Now following! :)

    The Style Storm

    xo, Christina

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  67. Jean,

    I am SO SO so proud of you and all that you have accomplished! You inspire SO many people worldwide with your blog and you inspire me!! I just get so overwhelmed with how much love comes pouring into your blog that I am continually floored. YOU are AWESOME! I can't wait to see where else this takes you!

    love,
    Voluptuous Vy ;)

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  68. You look so gorgeous! Love the print of your dress

    <3 KellysKouture.blogspot.com

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  69. you 2 look amazing! cutest couple.

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  70. So you used the necklace as a belt! Smart girl!

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  71. I’m impressed with the way you think, absolutely it looks very trendy. It adds value even for a simple dress.

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