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Monday, 7 August 2017

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange & Green

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange Dress & Green Tunic

This orange dress seemed like a good idea at the time.
A great colour.
A good fit.
The perfect (strapless) shape for warm summer days.

Except when it arrived it was far too tight, and (as it rode up while walking) far too short.
Oh dear.

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange Dress & Green Tunic


As much as I am against 'rules' when it comes to dressing, and always up for wearing whatever you want (regardless of age) feeling comfortable is key.
Unfortunately, this dress made me feel VERY uncomfortable!

Skin tight.
Over-exposing.
A little bit 'too much'.

I regretted it immediately.

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange Dress & Green Tunic

The dress is well made and comfortable to wear but I felt like a sausage ready for the pan!
Not a great look.

I decided to make the dress more wearable by adding an interesting tunic over the top (see this green top styled HERE with even more layers!) in a satisfying clashing colour.
However, almost any long layering piece would have worked perfectly.

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange Dress & Green Tunic

Simple, neutral shoes and small grab bag grounded the bold colours.
A chunky necklace finished things off nicely.

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange Dress & Green Tunic

Do you own a dress that's a little 'too much'?
Could you use layers to make it more wearable?
I love hearing from you so please leave me a comment!

DRESS: Baukjen
TUNIC: Asos
SHOES: Clarks
NECKLACE: Boden (old)... this one is stunning!
BAG: Hidesign (old)... this one is lovely.

How to Tone Down a Tight Dress | Orange Dress & Green Tunic

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11 comments

  1. You salvaged the orange dress in a unique and creative way. For me, though, I would clear it out of my wardrobe. If I'm not totally comfortable in a piece, without having to worry about it bunching up or exposing too much, it's not pulling its weight. Life's too short for clothes that aren't "you"!

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    1. I'm normally with you there Susan but this dress feels lovely on the body.... which is SUCH a shame!
      I'll keep it for one of those hot summer days that just involves sitting outside reading and relaxing.
      :oP
      XXX

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  2. what a cool layering!, and lovely summery colors!, and lovely how your beautiful necklace tie colors together nicely.
    I own some 'unwearable' pieces that can be worn only under other garment, so I take the most of them in layered outfits!
    besos

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    1. Layering is (almost) always the answer, isn't it Monica? :o)
      XXX

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  3. A wonderful idea! It could almost be a one piece with two layers. I love the green and orange together too! Kx

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    1. I love green and orange....if mother nature thinks it's a good combination then that's good enough for me! :o) XXX

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  4. Very clever idea! I love the colours together.

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    1. Thank you Gail, they work surprisingly well don't they? I felt like a summer bloom :oP
      XXX

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  5. Not only is this terribly clever, it is divine. The colors are so fresh and lovely together and the flow of the tunic over the sheath is perfection. That fab necklace completes the look. You are a master of layering!

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  6. You certainly know how to make lemonade out of lemons my dear! It occurs to me that these are the colors found in watermelon! What says summer more than than the fresh colors of fruit! I hope the little orange dress washes well. Any shrinkage and it could be a ruched look top!!

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  7. What an ingenious idea, Sam! Nothing worse than something that is too tight or rides up. This is the perfect solution and looks so chic!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

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