There’s a whole lot of stuff going on in this look. Chiffon, suede, leather, metal, studs, spikes, chains, harness, retro, gold, etc. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was thinking when I pulled this look out of my closet but I was definitely pleased with the end product despite how crazy it might seem. Keep reading to see more photos of this outfit and some shopping ideas inspired by this look 🙂
When I saw this dress on H&M’s website I had to have it. I have been obsessed with pastels from mints to sea greens so this was perfect. The only problem was when my dress arrived in the mail, it looked like a night gown on me (probably because the models in the photos are all nearing 6 feet tall and I’m only barely an inch over 5 feet haha) so something had to be done.
To alleviate the billowy-ness of this dress on me, I tried different things such as varying thicknesses of belts, vests, etc. My beloved BCBG harness worked the best. Plus, it added a little extra edge to the sugary sweetness of this dress. Seeing how I could turn this cutesy dress a little tougher, I wasn’t about to stop there! I decided to accessorize with a large statement necklace (this one is a hammered gold bib necklace from BCBG).
Since gold was the metallic shade of choice for this outfit, I continued my accessorizing with my gold spiked morning star purse (more details on this below) and my purple suede and gold ankle boots by Marc Jacobs. Oh, and a pair of black premium opaque tights by Merona from Target.
Here’s a closeup of my Morning Star purse. Comprised of leather, gold chain, metal studs and spikes, I created this purse last year as a ‘I’m bored, I feel like crafting’ project that I worked on a little bit each evening while watching my boyfriend play video games. The goal was to have it done in time for some holiday parties. Long hours and a dozen cuts, pin pricks and bruises later, I was victorious! It holds a phone, some cards, and a few makeup essentials so it works well as a ‘going out’ purse but its holding capacity doesn’t allow it to be that useful for every day use. It can be used as a shoulder bag or the chain strap doubled to make it a ‘hand’ bag. I created one for Elizabeth Voorhees of Coffin Cuties Magazine (a gift from her fellow, who also happens to be a good friend) in silver spikes. I am open to taking custom orders for these as they were fun to make despite their lengthy process. If you want more information on this, feel free to e-mail me.
Lastly, here’s a close-up of my shoes in this look. I realized I didn’t get a good shot of them earlier so decided to take a photo of them after taking one of my purse. 🙂 I love these ankle boots so much, even though I rarely wear them. I figured this outfit was a great opportunity to take them out of hiding!
Below are some shopping ideas inspired by this look. How do you like toughening up sweet dresses?
$235 – houseoffraser.co.uk
$350 – wolfandbadger.com
$79 – pret-a-beaute.com