Thursday, April 18, 2013

How to Make a Simple Dress more Unique


 I talk a lot about vintage clothing and thrift stores here on this blog-o-mine. However, I am fully aware there are occasions when you need something specific and quick. A LBD or a simple lil' number for a meeting or a baby shower... sometimes you can't just waltz into a Goodwill and find these things at the drop of a hat. Or more commonly...you don't have time to dig.

That's when those fast fashion retailers come in handy, amiright? The key is individualizing those fast fashion scores (and in my case a making them look a bit more grown-up). In this post I took two dresses c/o Charlotte Russe and made them all my own.

Here's some tips:
A badass statement neck usually does the trick for me. There's nothing that makes a look more special than a GIANT ELEPHANT BROOCH. Giant animal jewelry is a great addition to any outfit, actually. I always feel like I have a little friend accompanying me through out my day.
Here's a Pug brooch.  So comically adorable. 
These elk brooches are amazing...and cheap!

Vintage bags can also shake it up. Gold Lame? Mmmhmm. Yes please. I'll take two.

Layering a shirt over a dress works too! This is a trick that often slips my mind when styling out dresses. I'm sportin' some 90's Tommy Hilfiger here. Which is HILARIOUS to me. Am I the only one that sees the comedy in that?

And finally try a blazer! This is where the transformation really happens, y'all guyzzz.
I have a closet full of blazers with various details that set them apart from other basic blazers. Fringe and lace and strange patterns all up iiiiin the place. The fabric on this white one, for example, is snake print.


So there you have it. Sure, there's a chance someone else might be wearing the same dress as you, but 

you'll be wearing it better. 
{Dresses: c/o Charlotte Russe}{Blazer: Thrifted}{Tommy Hilfiger Shirt: Thrifted}
{Elephant Broach: Ebay}{Gold Nacklace: Thrifted}{Shoes: c/o Charlotte Russe}

31 comments:

  1. LOVE BOTH LOOKS! And I want your elephant!!!

    http://awedbymonica.blogspot.com

    xoox
    Moni

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  2. Girl you are out of control with these outfits!! I LOVE them... your jewelry is spot on! Love them...
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the looks! You look both stunning. I love your combination!

    xoxo
    http://tfd-thefashiondistrict.blogspot.com/

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  4. both these looks are amazing! I love your tips.
    xo,
    nancy

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  5. This is such a great post! That elephant brooch is insane!

    www.monadot.net

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  6. Oh, my goodness. You look amazing. That blue dress with the elephant brooch is spot-on.

    Love, Amy
    A. Loo's Closet

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  7. these are such fun tips! i totally agree that a statement necklace can just- poof- transform an outfit, and one of my favorite things to do is layer sweaters and shirts over dresses. it doubles your closet because all of a sudden you have a bunch of potential skirts!

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  8. I love your second look! super chic!

    xoxo Ra

    http://ramona-strikeapose.blogspot.ie/

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  9. you have gawwjuss hair, dahling!! i also love those sunglasses on your purse in the second pic :) x

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  10. you are just the master at styling, thanks for these tips!!!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  11. both beautiful looks ! i love all the small details and the way you accesorize and style them !

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  12. both looks are amazing, and that elephant brooch is insanely amazing! :D

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  13. you negotiated this perfectly, Ashley. Perfectly.

    You look stunning, unique and have totally convinced me that I can take a Russe dress and make it my own.

    and now I absolutely need those white strappy heels. Congrats on a FANTASTIC post. I really have so much respect for your ability to blog in a truly original way.

    Thank for this.
    -Gabrielle

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  14. I mean... Can you look even more gorgeous in the first photo?!?!?!?! You're so stunning, I can't get over it...

    That's why I don't like buying dresses, because you can't do "anything" with them - you buy an H&M dress and you know at least 10,000 people will look the same. BUT you can be clever like you and make them your own, no doubt.:) That elephant broach is insane! An elephant bow tie, love it.

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  15. love your outfits! xoxo

    stylemeetsbeauty.blogspot.ro

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  16. Love that elephant necklace, gorgeous photos as always!
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.blogspot.com

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  17. absolutely love these outfits, specifically that awesome elephant brooch. I found your blog through looksharpsconnie and I have to agree with Gabby that you have an awesome style!

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  18. Perfect looks, really beautiful!

    xx MJ
    http://shopaholic-thoughts.blogspot.pt/

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  19. Love how you showed two different looks...I loved them both. I think my favorite was the 2nd one...I am so glad you rocked the elephant brooch again, I loved it in your previous post too. Such an incredible & unique piece, I WANT one! LOVE!!!! XO!

    Courtney

    http://cupcakeobsessions.blogspot.com/

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  20. Wonderful post! I'm absolutely in love with that gold handbag of yours.

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  21. you are gorgeous!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr/

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  22. Beautiful styling, and the details are so special. You are pretty!
    Have a great weekend!

    Ivana
    xoxo

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  23. You are a super fantastic stylist~not a thing I would do differently!! And loving your hair!!!!

    (='.'=)
    Lauren at adorn la femme

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  24. AGAIN. You nailed it! I love these outfits! You look so great. That elephant.... I'm dying. I want that!

    Kate from Clear the Way

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  25. Great combinations! You have a lot of imagination !!
    cecille

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  26. That second outfit is DIVINE!

    Maria xxx

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  27. A. Killed it. Perfect. B. Those shoes are from Charlotte Russe?! Ok I need to take a trip to the mall. C. Fantastic styling! I neeeeeeed a giant animal broach! Lova ya mama.

    xoxo
    www.PardonMyFashion.com

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  28. Very nice tips for growing up fashion brands !! I like that approach :) But that elephant brooch... oh my god.. it is really the most interesting thing I have seen all day :)

    Swati @ The Creative Bent

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  29. that elephant brooch is UNREAL. amazing tips and i couldn't agree more, especially about the statement necklace. i feel like i could wear the same simple dress every day of the week but if i paired it with a different necklace no one would notice. or they would be like great necklaces but do you really think we don't notice you've been living in that dress? either way, they're digging my necklaces.

    abigail
    www.farandwildjewelry.com

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  30. Absolutely amazing looks! and good tips! I don't really know how to wear gold accessories (more of a metal/silver girl) but you do a kick-ass job! :)

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  31. love your fashion style i like your fashion jewelry.. you can check mine also Here.

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