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Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Wear it again"

We've all got them. Dresses purchased for a certain event, which we wore once, and then shoved in the back of the closet, and never thought about again.

The other morning while suffering from Can't Get Dressed Syndrome, I decided to play dress-up for a little while. I suppose deep down, I'm still a five year old in love with the idea of digging through trunks of my Mother's old dresses in the attic.

Only this time I dove into the back of my closet -- the real, actual back. I have a second clothing rod behind the main one, that I use for storing costumes and dresses I don't wear but won't get rid of (like my prom gown) and then these little numbers.

So this is my attempt at remixing my semi-formal one hit wonders:

My cousin's wedding, 2003 - Silk brocade halter
See my matching shawl and bag? I made those. Why did I think that was a good idea?

The Rundown
Dress Macys - Cardigan Kohls - Necklace Avon - Shoes Thrifted Payless - Hat Kohls - Bracelet The cavernous jewelry box

Wear it again

Easter, 2006 - Strapless turquoise dress
Found out this doesn't fit my bust anymore, so if not wearing it four years wasn't enough of a reason to get rid of it...

Wear it again
The Rundown
Dress Liz Claiborne - Cardigan H&M - Shoes Madden Girl - Belt Gap - Necklaces Kohls and Etsy - Ring Express

Wear it again

Christmas Eve 2002 and 2005 - Strapless velvet embossed iridescent taffeta 
While searching for a photo, I found out I actually wore this twice. Both times on Christmas Eve, and I didn't have a decent shot of me in the dress in either year.

Wear it again
The Rundown
Dress Windsor - Blazer MaxMara - Shoes Simply Vera - Fedora Market in Italy - Necklace Made by Me - Belt Steve Madden

Wear it again

I'll admit, I had a lot of fun styling these dresses, but I still don't think I'll find an occasion to wear them.


Guyomar L. Pillai said...

You probably get this a lot, but you look a little like Eva Mendes - very pretty! I love the long plait.
I made my Halloween costume from clothes I own. Granted, it was pretty easy since I'm dressing up as a vampire masquerading as a schoolgirl. The only thing I had to buy was a tie.
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Closet Fashionista said...

Oh wow!! You did a great job of making these wearable for right now :D :D :D WOOHOO!

Ali said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has those holiday specific dresses. And someone who keeps said dresses even though sometimes they don't always fit! Hehehe. That last dress is actually really cute and you did an amazing job of making it look non-Christmassy! Such a grand idea for a post, Miss Lyddie. :D

jamie-lee said...

You did a really good job of remixing those dresses into daytime looks! I have so many things that I've only worn a couple times.. perhaps I need to do this!


Katie said...

You came up with great looks!


gorgeous outfits! love the colors and how you put it all together xo

Goody said...

You did a great job at remixing those dresses - gorgeous!

Marie said...

I think you did great!:D The last one is my favorite!:D

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Vicky K. said...

what a great idea!


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sofi moukidou said...

wow! so nice outfits! this was a wonderrfull idea, to make them wearable! i'll try to do it too!

Jessica Mura said...

You are so nice in every shoots, but the best for me is the one with the light blue dress ^^

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

I love the way you paired the turquoise dress with a vibrant purple cardigan. It's a shame that dress doesn't fit you anymore.

x Jasmine

minnja said...

Looooooove it:))))))))



Anne said...

Wow, nicely done! I have so many dresses like this that I have no idea how to wear for anything other than special occasions. Your remixed outfits look so good - maybe I'll take another look at my dresses!

Kimberly said...

You did an amazing job restyling these dresses! I really love the last one.

Melanie said...

I'm impressed that you remixed those dresses so well! You could totally pull them off on the daily!

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Jessica said...

I can't believe you were able to make all of these special occasion dresses so wearable! I'm off to go try the same in my closet!

Ashley J said...

Your remixes are great! What a great idea,I am gonna head to my closet right now to do the exact same thing!


Vicki said...

I love the last 2 photos! that hat looks great on you and i love your hair in a thick plait :) x

Closet Fashionista said...

(ooh yes it is like that skirt, I do have it but I haven't worn it yet :/ I tried to sell it but no one wants it haha)

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Love love love all these stylings. This the last is my favourite though. That is such a wearable outfit! and its super stylish.
I should try this but all my smart evening dresses tend to be full length so totally un wearable for the day time. Bet you had lots of fun though
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Sarah Dee said...

the second is my absolute favorite! you look so sweet!


Vanessa said...

This is brilliant! Amazing job, and I love how you included the original photos from the first wears. My favorite is the remix from the cousin's wedding dress. I love that you accented it with the hat and the rich colors. I've got about 2,000 bridesmaids dresses that, with this inspiratio, maybe I really can wear it again.
Might be my favorite post you've ever done!


Kristin said...

You truly have a gift for remixing lady! That brocade dress is too pretty!

Aynna banahna said...

I love the restyling on the first dress especially. And can I just say, I love love your styling. All the beautiful colors together. It's very daring and makes it that much more unique

franki said...

Argh it's so annoying when you buy something (especially if it's expensive) and then only wear it a couple of times! I think you've styled all of these dresses really well though - you could totally wear any of them again! The turquoise dress is super super pretty, I love it! x

San said...

Wow what a beautiful idea. I really like remixes 2 and 3. And those hats are fabulous.

MarchMusings said...

This is a brilliant post for all of us with formal dresses hanging forgotten in our closet. I reinvented a black strapless long dress by making it a knee-length dress.

northwest is best said...

Your old photos are so cute! Looks like you have some great family memories. You look great in all the dresses, but if you don't feel comfortable in them maybe it's time to pass them onto someone else?

Lorena said...

Wow Lydia you did an amazing shoot!
Love, love all of them.
Did I also mention you look beautiful in every single shot ?

dotty said...

what a great post!

Krystal said...

you are so creative in styling things!!! I love that last one with the hat :)

Oh, My Darling said...

Wow, you're rocking the brocade dress!!!

Jael Paris said...

Great job! This post is really inspiring.

Nilcha's Fashion Chronicles said...

love all the pics n outfit! is that ur lil sis? she looks just like u. very cute!