After the firestorm over last week’s dress-over-pants ensemble, I almost hesitate to show you these pictures, but hear me out.
This dress, which I am showing over jeans for vanity/modesty’s sake, is about to become a top. Or perhaps, more accurately, a waistcoat for layering.
See how it will enliven a plain grey suit? It will have the same effect on a grey cardigan and trousers. In the warmer months, picture it with white jeans and a grey t-shirt.
The mind boggles at the possibilities, no?
Why am I doing this?
It’s yellow, it’s shiny, it’s polka dots.
So why not wear it as intended, as a dress?
It’s way too short for me to wear as a dress and — did I forget to mention this? — it has no back.
Maybe you’re thinking, Directrice, you’re all talk and no action. We’ve heard you say you’re going to turn a dress into a top before, and then nothing.
But I did!
This was a dress, but I had my tailor cut 9″ off the bottom (it was an absurdly short dress) and turn it into a top.
And now I shall toot my own horn.
The pleats were originally stitched down, but I thought that they would look so much better if allowed to breathe and therefore liberated them with a stitch-remover.
Doesn’t it look great?
For those of you scratching your heads, wondering why I’d ever bother altering a dress to make it into a top, let me explain. I am a textile enthusiast with access to an excellent tailor. When I see a dress made of a compelling fabric that costs less than I would pay for a comparably interesting top, I sometimes snap it up — because the alterations won’t cost much at all.
New dress: Raoul from The Outnet; Old dress: MSGM x YOOX from YOOX