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Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Updated Vintage Inspired Dress

Floral prints aren't something I usually go for - I'm more of a solids or stripes girl - but once in a while, I find one that really grabs me.
This black tropical floral has been hanging in my closet for 2 or 3 years and I've only worn it 2 or 3 times. The reason it has been receiving such little love is because it was so long! It was a maxi length but it was just a bit too long to wear with flats. The only heels that worked were taller heels, which meant this was not a dress I was going to wear day to day, but the print felt too casual to wear with most of my taller heels in the evening. I finally decided to either let it go or have it hemmed into a midi and I am SO glad I chose the latter!

I absolutely love this dress now!! It's super cute to wear anytime during the day and I feel like it's appropriate for any occasion. And how perfect is it with this vintage woven bag I found at Dynamite? If you're looking for a straw bag, I highly suggest searching your local vintage shops or doing a search on etsy. I linked a few in this post if you'll scroll to the bottom after reading it!

Speaking of Etsy, below, I've linked a few really fun vintage dresses in tropical prints from the site. Imagine them altered to suit your tastes. A shorter hemline, sleeves removed, straps added. When it comes to vintage or clothing you already own, consider having them altered if something isn't quite right. It's often so much more cost-efficient than buying an entirely new outfit.

If you're in Athens, check out Community. That's where I've taken alterations recently and they do an amazing job. The hem on my dress cost around $10-$15. They  also shortened a strap on the back so the bodice was tailored to my torso. That was $5. I paid around $20 for my dress when it was new, so with the alterations it ended up costing around $35-$40. I couldn't have found a better dress for that price!

I'd have the sleeves removed on this one. How gorgeous is that print?!

The length looks lovely, but this is one I'd turn into a midi like I did mine. It would be so much more wearable and easy breezy if it were a little shorter!

I'd leave this one as is. It's beautiful!! Picture it with red espadrilles. You'd be too hot to handle!

This dress fits like a glove now and I can see wearing it many times for years to come! The print and the cut are classic and fun. Perfect for anywhere summertime takes me!

I have a few more clothing items I had altered recently and will be sharing those with you soon! I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Tell me one thing that's been hanging in your closet that needs a little TLC!

xoxo - Hannah

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