I was so excited on Friday when I saw a box from Chictopia sitting on my doorstep. Inside was the dress I redeemed a while ago from Chic Rewards. I wasn’t sure how it would look on me, but after playing around with it a little, I realized that the stretchy fabric, wide neckline, and drape-ability (yes, that’s a word) made it ideal for all sorts of sartorial shenanigans. Here are 5 different ways or wearing it that I came up with.
1. OK, so this is just what the dress looks like normally – the pleated details on the sleeves didn’t really come out in the photo (black on black = not so great) but they’re basically like batwing sleeves. I kind of enjoy how this photo looks like I have a short, stout person inside my dress sticking their arms through the sleeves.
2. Worn backwards, with the sleeves pushed up – This one is also fairly basic, but the extra fabric around the shoulders makes it drape really nicely (again, impossible to see). A good straightforward LBD kind of dress.
3. One-shouldered dress – I just put one arm through a sleeve and the other arm through the neckline along with my head. This ends up with really pretty draping along the side in a sort of Greek-goddess kind of way, you know, if they wore black lamé.
4. Long, drapey skirt – noticing a pattern here? The nice thing about wearing things in different ways is that they almost always have some sort of drapery action going on. If I wore this skirt in an outfit, I would always wear it with heels. The length is kind of tricky, proportion-wise, but (big surprise) the drapey parts at the waist look cool.
5. Strapless romper – I had to pin this to my bra so it would stay up – I’m wearing the dress upside down with my legs through the armholes, so the hemline is at the top. The neckline ends up being kind of inconveniently placed, so some sort of safety-pinning is needed, but I really liked how the shorts had that interesting hemline.
I also wore it upside down, with the neckline around my waist, as a crop-top…but all the pictures were kind of crappy and the sleeves kept falling down. Other options included harem pants/shorts, a strapless dress, and a poncho/cape type of thing, but these 5 photos were my favorites, so…yeah.
(sorry for my awkward concluding paragraph)
Oh and! PS. Thank you Chictopia!!! I know my face looks kind of grumpy in these photos, but I’m really grateful, I promise. :)