Wide Stripes / Thin Stripes

by - Thursday, September 04, 2014

My maxi dress is a couple inches too long, but I'm too cheap for a hem job that likely costs more than what I paid for the dress. So as a quick and easy DIY fix, I pull up the skirt portion, tighten the drawstring waist, then fold over excess fabric. I normally "secure" the waist (to prolong gravity from weighing down the fabric) by adding a belt or knotting the hem of a top. A third method that I've recently re-discovered is to simply tie a shirt around my waist. This brings back flashbacks of wearing fanny packs on childhood vacations but hiding them underneath a tied sweatshirt around the waist due to embarrassment. I find a tied top to be more comfortable than a belt because fabric is stretchier than leather. As a bonus, it's another way to accessorize because I have plenty of shirts to choose from.

rugby striped maxi dress, striped shirt, orange clutch
denim jacket, rugby striped maxi dress, striped shirt, orange clutch
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
bracelet: Madewell knot cuff (similar; similar)
shirt (tied at waist): Saint James Galathee tee (similar; similar - on sale)
nail polish on toes: Sally Hansen in mellow yellow (sold here, here)
shoes: Old Navy faux-leather capri sandals (sold here - 20% off w/code SAVE)

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