• Rainy Day Patterns + Tip for getting more wear out of dresses

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    True Decadence petites dress (sold out), Ann Taylor sweater (similar)

    I get so many questions on these old Talbots sandals, I’m excited to share what looks like a very close dupe! Unfortunately no customer reviews yet, but small sizes are already going quickly. In the world of flat shoes, I also like the look of these cute studded espadrilles in the neutral “light camel” color.
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    Here we have a dress I bought over a year ago (see on me), back when either my weight was distributed differently or perhaps I liked my clothes much tighter. Either way, I can’t zip it up all the way anymore and my bust looks a bit indecent stuffed in the V-neck. It’s also a little dressy worn by itself for everyday occasions. I couldn’t bear to part with it yet, so re-styled it simply in a way that addressed all of these issues!

    navy striped umbrella rainy day spring outfit

    I’ve shown styling a “dress as a skirt” several times now – it doesn’t work with all dresses like bulkier ones, but I do love it in general as a way to stretch more wears out of some pieces. There are several ways to create this faux look:
    1. Wear a cropped-length top or cardigan over the dress that ends right at your natural waistline, as shown here in the last photo.
    2. Wear a button-up blouse over the dress, with the ends of the blouse knotted at your waistline (belt and additional tucking-in optional) as shown here.
    3. Tie a pullover top or sweater by your waistline and tuck the excess end in underneath. This last way works best with looser, lightweight tops or knits that don’t button down. As demonstrated above, gently loop a hair tie or elastic around the excess fabric at your waistline, then loosely tuck the knotted part in. This will result in a little bulge at the waist which is why it works best with looser, airy tops that would billow a bit anyways. This brought me back to high school days when I used to do this with my oversized tops (since Mom was always buying me 2 sizes up, anticipating growth that never happened ; )
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    I found this navy striped umbrella at a local store but they have the exact same one by Tri-Coastal Designs at Nordstrom for a steal and free shipping. When opening it, you do need to give it a firm push for the umbrella to lock into place and also a firm tap to collapse it back down…but I’m not complaining given the cute print and price point!

     

    42 thoughts on “Rainy Day Patterns + Tip for getting more wear out of dresses

    • Jubetanya LeSar April 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      I just bought the sandal! I'm excited!

    • Jubetanya LeSar April 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm

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    • Michelle Lu April 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Great post! What a fun way to spruce up a dress!

    • Carla Krae April 3, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      If the bodice no longer fits, you could turn the dress into a skirt if you love the fabric enough. Or, in an obviously more expensive fix, figure out a way to let the bodice out with a tailor, maybe by adding some fabric panels.

    • Shridevi April 3, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Haha, so, my mom wasn't alone! She always bought my clothes in one to two sizes up, highly anticipating that I'd grow into them but that never happened. I got so used to wearing large clothes, that now when I buy stuff that actually fits me, there's a light nagging feeling in my head like I'm doing something outrageous.

    • Sasa Zoe April 4, 2016 at 12:01 am

      Such a great way to re-style the dress:P

      Shall We Sasa

    • Dressed With Soul April 4, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Love the cute spring looks you wore! My favorites are the outfits with the floral skirts 🙂
      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
      http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • Trang Do April 4, 2016 at 1:39 am

      You looks so pretty dear! Love your dress so much!
      Hugs,
      Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Amanda Lim April 4, 2016 at 2:15 am

      Loved your tips – thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I remember those days when I had to tie any shirt promoting my school/clubs/organizations because a standard small is always too big :/ That sweater and dress go perfectly together by the way! Beautiful.

      – Amanda
      http://thesimplepetite.blogspot.com/

    • BAMBI BOHO by Sylwia Badora April 4, 2016 at 3:55 am

      AMAZING Sweetie.
      I love this photos

    • Happy Tiffin April 4, 2016 at 5:42 am

      I'm in love with the style. I'm just curious if this will fit on me.

    • Lilli April 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Such a lovely post 🙂 The last picture is my favorite, you look so happy 🙂

      x Lilli | http://www.LilliFerreira.com

    • Julie Hiller April 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I love that technique of using a hair tie to wear a billowing top over a dress. I'm so trying this!

      Lifestyle by Joules

    • Thuy | Dress Up, Chow Down April 4, 2016 at 11:10 am
    • Daniela DT April 4, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Love all these tips, I'm gonna try them out. Great post!
      xx Daniela / Fashion Shower Blog

    • Alice April 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      This is so creative, love this look! The sweater and dress combo is gorgeous!

      xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Helen Veyna April 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      You look gorgeous in shades of pink! I love the pattern on that dress and I like how you made it work for every day!

      -Helen
      Sweet Helen Grace

    • Yonosoyunaitgirl Sandra Cuiña April 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I love your skirt! XX

    • Amanda Heurich April 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Love the dress! I do that all the time with my dresses, so cute on you 🙂

      Satin Sundays

    • Jenn April 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      I love this look! it's also one of my favorite ways to style dresses, especially when I don't feel like sporting something sleeveless. Throwing a sweater on top is easy and keeps me warm in the spring when it's still breezy.

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    • affecionada April 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      I still love this dress! I was sad to see it sell out, though I'm not sure how it would have fit in the bust area.. Anyway, it's gorgeous!

      http://www.affecionada.com

    • Aditi April 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm

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    • Anonymous April 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Cute outfit! I realize it's a whole different price point, but do you like your Pasotti umbrella featured here? http://loveallseasons.myshopify.com/collections/umbrellas/products/extra-petite-bloggers-favorite-umbrella

    • Melissa April 4, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks for the tip on the sweater. Would've never thought to use something as single as a hair tie.

    • IT Girl April 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

      I love the way you do your hair but I am too lazy to use an iron. Have you ever tried a Japanese digital perm to achieve a similar look? Would love you opinion as ill be seeing my hairdresser soon. TIA!!
      Also, as always, I love you style and outfit ideas. I wish I had a wardrobe like yours 🙂

    • Mlle Coconath April 5, 2016 at 7:13 am

      You look so pretty! Love your dress!
      xx
      Mademoiselle Coconath
      http://mllecoconath.com

    • Pamela Gonzalez April 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      This is so cute! I love the entire outfit♥

      http://www.pamelayaquelin.blogspot.com

    • Sapphire Greene April 5, 2016 at 9:08 pm

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    • Sapphire Greene April 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      I remember the hair tie trick from middle school but you made it look way better. I just received the sandals you mentioned in the mail today and was pleased with the quality. I wear a size 5 and they fit me well. The front was a little narrow but that might be since my feet are on the wider side.

    • Sapphire Greene April 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      I remember the hair tie trick from middle school but you made it look way better. I just received the sandals you mentioned in the mail today and was pleased with the quality. I wear a size 5 and they fit me well. The front was a little narrow but that might be since my feet are on the wider side.

    • Anonymous April 6, 2016 at 12:01 am
    • Maria April 6, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Your outfit is so beautiful 🙂

    • Leah April 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      I love your floral fit-and-flare True Decadence dresses – but they're both sold out. Do you have any recommendations for similar-looking dresses?

    • Lex @ Flecks of Lex April 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      What a smart (and cute) idea!

    • alessandra April 9, 2016 at 8:02 am

      this is genial!

    • Jean April 9, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Huh so odd they used my photo there! My umbrella isn't from there…it's from a brand that begins with an R that I can't recall unfortunately and it seems like the one they're selling is made by their own brand so I can't speak to it at all…

    • Jean April 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I've only gotten a Japanese straight perm but never a curled one! Hope it goes well for you!

    • Jean April 12, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      I actually have one of these in size 2, didn't fit me and I had to go up a size. I messed up the return, so I still have the dress. Hit me up if you wanna by it!

    • Jean April 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      I actually have one of these in size 2, didn't fit me and I had to go up a size. I messed up the return, so I still have the dress. Hit me up if you wanna by it!

    • Myy Dulcea April 30, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Wow, I just watched all your videos on YouTube!!! I've been following your insta, blog and snapchat for a while now but never knew you actually started on YouTube! You are so pretty and talented, I know I'm a bit late but wanted to congratulate you and Nick on your gorgeous wedding, the vows actually brought tears to my eyes. ❤️ from very big admirer

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