I bought this dress a while back at h&m after contemplating buying it for a bit because the shape was absolutely horrid on me. FYI: it didn’t look like this back then, I altered it to my shape. In the end I ended up buying it after all because I really really adored the print to death: it reminded me of Franz Marc’s paintings and he is my all time favorite painter. I love how passionate and vibrant his colors are, they make the animals who are actually painted rather unrealistically come to life in a way more realistic art never could. It’s a more “wild” view at reality.
This print isn’t nearly as awesome but it still reminded me of those paintings, and how often do you get that? Not often. So I figured, this print is worth more than the crappy design of this dress. So I took it home and started altering: it used to have an elasticated strapless band up top which totally pressed my boobs down and accentuated my armpit fat. I know, totally flattering. NOT. Also, there is an elasticated waistband but it sits way too low: it hits somewhere between my natural waist and my hips unless I scrunch it all the way up but then you have this really poofy top bit which also doesn’t flatter the boobage. I cut out the elastic band (just cut through the fabric and pulled the elastic out) of the top part, took the long ribbon that came with it to tie the waist and used it to creat halter straps (I positioned them waaaay to the side as to obscure my armpit flab from your eyes), placed some stitches where the cleavage should be to create a sweetheart neckline effect (OK, a toned down sweetheart effect), folded the skirt part up and wore a belt over it et voila: flattering dress with awesome print!
It reminded me of all things ethnic so I wore my african-look yellow bead bracelet with it. And heels because they are so practical for hiking through the jungle.
Hope you like it guys! And thanks again to my new fans!!!! I’m so excited for Style Icon, I probably won’t get it but a girl can hope, can’t she? :-D
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