28 February 2011 – Winter Remix

February 28th, 2011 § 8 comments


  • Dress (as skirt): thrifted (J. Crew)
  • Shirt: Banana Republic
  • Scarf (as belt): thrifted (Smithsonian)
  • Tights: Target
  • Shoes: Ciao Bella via DSW
  • Necklace: gift

This is a variation on something I wore in early January and is an example of one of the amazing things that a belt can do: turn a dress into a skirt! I thrifted this grey J. Crew dress and thought that I wasn’t going to be able to wear it until the spring because it was a) short and b) the ruffle around the neck made it hard to wear anything over it. I decided that the short factor would be at least slightly mitigated by same color tights, but the ruffle was baffling me. I searched for something that had a big enough scoop neck that the ruffle, at least in front, could peek out and was loose enough in the back that the ruffle there wouldn’t look too weird. To make my dress into a skirt I tucked the loose ends of my shirt into a scarf I tied like an obi belt and voila!

I also liked how the teal necklace complemented the pink shirt, and the layering with the ruffle was definitely attention getting as I even got two compliments from colleagues! I had a lot going on up top so the all grey bottom and black flats were more muted.

I’m happy that this super comfy dress has the potential to be winterized. Next time I think I’ll try something under it to see if the jumper look works. With a fresh 4-inches of snow last night it doesn’t look like I’ll be breaking out the spring clothes for a while yet! How have you winterized more springy dresses?


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§ 8 Responses to 28 February 2011 – Winter Remix"

  1. This restyling is so impressive! I do find it really interesting how some people take on certain style rules that others absolutely do the opposite of; case in point: winter is the only time I wear short skirts, because I’m really only comfortable in them when I can cover my legs with tights! Regardless, I think your look is really creative and a great way to totally change the appearance and feel of a basic piece so that it can be worn again and again without getting stale or trite. I’ll be mimicking soon, I’m sure!

  2. Bhav says:

    I am loving your usage of color…so vibrant and chic. Love what you did with the scarf. Really creative!

  3. Jinian says:

    I wore a summer dress a couple of weeks ago, despite it still being chillier than usual for February here in Seattle. The dress is sleeveless with a low v-neck, and around knee length. It has multiple fluttery layers, but they’re lightweight synthetic, so I needed to add a lot of warmth. I put a 3/4 sleeve v-neck t-shirt underneath, then wore a 3/4 sleeve stretch cotton button-down shirt open over the top. With knee-high boots (no tights even!) I was completely comfortable indoors and did fine outside with a mid-weight jacket.

  4. Eleanorjane says:

    I don’t know what the top of the dress is like, but what about wearing a thin long sleeved, low neck wool knit under it? I wouldn’t wear bare arms in winter! Brrr….

    • Eleanorjane says:

      Forgot to say – this is how I winter-ise my dresses. With tights and long sleeved tops under them or cardigans over the top of them.

  5. dotty says:

    i really like this outfit! that’s such a clever way to remix pieces!

  6. [...] Endnotes: I’ve worn this dress a lot since I bought it at a consignment shop this winter (same place that A. picked up her fab new blouse!), and I’ve consistently struggled with what to do about the ruffle around the neckline. [...]

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