Thursday, August 26, 2010

Second Thoughts

Yet another black wardrobe item in the unworns pile.  Purchased at The Limited on one of those rare shopping trips with the husband...probably in our first year of marriage.  It was this little black jersey number and a red one in a slightly different style.  I wore the red one until it pilled and faded.  Yet this one still had the tags on it as of last week.


For as many things that are easy and right about this little dress, other elements just didn't work for me - the neckline too low, the hem too short, the color too black, ect.  And I just couldn't seem to get the layering right.  Knowing I either had to wear it or lose it, I came up with what you see here.  Bright leggings to bring in some happy color. A layered tank to bring up the neckline.  The waist tied in front to make the empire waist less maternity-like.  Strategically placed accessories for added visual interest.

In the end, lot of effort went into making this little black dress wearable for me. Until writing this post, I was sure it was a keeper...now I'm having second thoughts.  Dang it.

Headband:  Etsy - Two Young Hearts
Necklace:  Forever 21
Dress:  The Limited
Leggings:  Target
Shoes:  DSW

5 comments:

Mary said...

I give you such major kudos for this project, Jill! I don't have any completely-unworn clothes in my closet, but there are so many things that I barely ever touch that I absolutely need to implement a little experiment like this in my own life!

Rebecca said...

I like that dress! It looks really cute with those colored leggings.

NoGuiltFashion said...

I think with all of your additions I would keep this piece. You can always wear a bright tank underneath instead of black.

By the way, tying it in front is very smart. I may have to steal that idea.
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Anna said...

Love the leggings!! I think this dress works well on you. But of course, it's all about how it makes you feel.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

It does look really cute with the bright leggings and it's super flattering on you. I understand, though, that if it takes that much work to get a wear out of it, it might be better off in someone else's closet.