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The Original Dress

In case you couldn’t visualize how the top from my last post came to be from a dress, this is THE Leifsdottir dress (Yup, it was a bargain found at TJMaxx!) that we ended up making a skirt for a commercial and I managed to resurrect the scraps of with the help of a talented tailor that I work with.

Hope this inspires you and if you’re not sure how to rework an item into something more wearable for you, send a picture to dearandistyle@gmail.com.

xoLiz


Bright Ideas

Leifsdottir top (customized) / C&C California dress / Cambridge Satchel bag / Aldo shoes / etc… bracelet and ring / H&M bracelet 

This bold patterned top you won’t find anywhere at the moment (sorry ladies!), but you can follow my lead and make your own to add a little something to an otherwise simple dress.

I was working on a TV commercial recently with the popular fashion blogger, Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie, and found a great Leifsdottir dress for her to wear, but the pattern was too bold and needed something to break it up. We had the tailor chopped off the top of the dress and customized the skirt.

When I saw the left over scrap of the dress in the trash, I knew it was such a shame to waste it! When I suggested to the tailor she should make a bolero top out of it for herself, she loved the idea and instead surprised me with this top as a gift to me.

STYLIST TIP: Never settle for a garment the way it is. If something’s not fitting or working for your lifestyle, don’t be afraid to take it to the tailor. You’ll be surprised how you can resurrect something collecting dust in your closet and a little reworking can do wonders. Get your pants, skirts, dresses hemmed to the length you’d more likely wear them. A vintage dress can be made modernized with a few nips and tucks.

Not sure how to save an item in your closet? Send a picture and what’s not working about it to me at dearandistyle@gmail.com

xoLiz


Dear Andi Deal on Accessories!

Nona E. Rose “Delray Neon Yellow” belt on Lion’esque Style 

If you follow my style advice/looks, then you already know I am a big fan of anything vintage-inspired AND belts to flatter one’s figure. If you combine that with an up-and-coming designer that you’ll be hearing about soon, you’ve hit the trifecta.

I’ve been obsessed with all things Nona E. Rose since the debut collection a few seasons ago—and now I own at least a piece from each collection designed by a fashionable NYC gal herself, Rachel Sax. With her classic glamour meets beachy sensibility, she creates pieces inspired by vintage designs and updates them so they’re perfect to update any outfit.

The neon collection this season is a great way to get on that trend without the commitment. You can wear it around the waist of a flirty sundress during the day or on that LBD on your night out. The leather belts from her collection are my go-to for a polished tee-and-jeans look.

Get your own Nona E. Rose on Lion’esque Style and enter Andi4Nona to receive 15% off any belt from the collection.

(offer valid from 7/23 – 7/29)

 

xoLiz

Vintage Andi Fridays – My Favorite Dress

My favorite outfit, circa 1980′s

There are just some of those outfits in your life that make you feel like a million bucks when you wear them. This happens to be my first one in memory that had that effect on me.

If you were not around in the 1980′s or just not up on your 80′s pop culture, then Google “Small Wonder.” Otherwise, you may remember the TV show’s main character was a child robot that resembled a kid. I dreamed of being that kid robot, named Vicki, who happened to wear a similar froofy dress. Looking back on it now, I think I resembled something similar to Raggedy Ann (or Andi…get it?), but I remember begging to wear this outfit quite often nonetheless.

If you have a favorite dress as a kid or maybe a family member’s outfit that inspires your looks, then send it this way (dearandi@gmail.com) and be featured on DEAR ANDI! 

xoLiz


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Jason Wu for Target top and skirt / J.Crew belt / vintage Coach bag / Worishofer shoes / Ray-Ban sunnies / Nixon watch / etc… bracelet and custom necklace

Don’t call the fashion police on me, but I just can’t get enough of my Jason Wu for Target purchases I made this past season, so you get to see me wear another incarnation of the outfit. C’mon, even Kate Middleton’s doing it.

STYLIST TIP: If you must recycle an outfit in your wardrobe—and most of us who aren’t princesses often can’t afford not to—switch it up with your accessories. You’d be surprised how a belt, shoes, necklace, scarf, hat, bag, etc. can completely update a look in a new way. 

I recently saw a friend for the other night and realized that the past 3 times we went out, I wore the same dress. I confessed my fashion  “gaffe” to her, but she said she had no idea because I wore the dress in a totally different way each time (on its own, tucked into a skirt, topped with another top over it, all with different accessories). 

On a side note, my fun—yet sensibly comfortable in an old lady way—Worishofer shoes were complimented on at my new favorite shoe store (The Tannery) that I was pulling from in Boston yesterday. I then realized that in a sea of Prada and YSL, there were my fancy orthopedic shoes, aka Wushofer. I guess they’ve made it beyond my Brooklyn bubble!

xoLiz

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