2012-08-22

Dye or Hem

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Dress? Gift from the local boutique White Elephant (they sell a selection online too and their stuff is top notch) Shoes? Ash (very similar here) Watch? c/o BCBG Wristlet? Thrifted

I was originally going to dye this dress navy blue and wear it as a bridesmaid's dress. Then the other bridesmaids went shopping individually and somehow ended up with very similar style dresses and this vintage dress suddenly looked a little out of place. For the wedding, I ended up wearing a navy Gap dress that was hanging in my closet, buying a new pair of shoes to keep things fresh (basically I just justified buying myself a new pair of shoes) and enjoying a great day with a lovely couple and a very fun wedding party.
Without the need to dye the dress for the wedding, I just put in a temporary hem. To be honest, for all my spoken bravado in my confidence to dye this dress, I was a little worried I would mess it up. It's one thing to do bleach experiments on a thrifted pair of h&m jeans but it is entirely something else to be messing around with good vintage, a tub of permanent dye and inexperience. I would be a total hypocrite after all my preaching about having respect for vintage, if I ruined the dress. Temporary hems are a guilt free way of altering vintage. I love the dress as a cream mini dress! Give me a hem and I'll raise it... That should be my motto. 

20 comments :

Bevin said...

Love the dress! The color as it is is great. It would work with boots for fall too, but I love how you've paired it with the burgundy here.

Shug in Boots {Beth} said...

I love the detail at the hem!

Consider Me Lovely said...

Such a lovely dress!! I think you should make the hem permanent :-).

Caramel Latte Kiss said...

The dress looks so cute this length! I can see it with boots, tights and a snuggly cardigan for the Autumn too.

briannelee said...

I love it and think it looks fab on you. I am glad you didn't try dyeing and possibly ruining it.

Krystin Lee said...

Love the dress - it's gorg
xo Krystin
suburbanfauxpas.blogspot.com

The Merchant Project said...

I love a girl who makes it her own!

Melina said...

Jentine! I adore this dress. the lace details are so amazing and the length is perfect.

-Melina
The Caffeinated Closet

newpetite said...

Thats a gorgeous dress!

Laura Tidwell said...

Amazing dress!! I wish I could find a gem like this while thrifting!

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Jennifer said...

I would have voted for hem anyway ;)

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Mary Lindsey said...

I am always a little reluctant to do any alterations on any article of clothing. I always feel like I will mess it up. This dress would look beautiful in navy though!

-Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

Laura said...

Such a pretty dress! I love the hem, and I think that you should keep it white - the color is gorgeous! I also love that clutch; too cute!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Meredith said...

This dress is gorgeous! so glad you decided not to dye the dress. The cream color is gorgeous with the lace :)

Count To Four said...

love the dress, love the details at the bottom.


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Blush said...

Beautiful dress and stunning accessories.

Xoxo
Paula
Blush-paula.blogspot.com

Kansas Couture said...

Gorgeous, Yen! The lace details are so very pretty. I'm glad you kept it white, and it's perfect as a mini.

Joanne M said...

LOVE this dress! you should dye it:)

Anonymous said...

Ssshhh don't publish this - I think the hem hits you in a bad spot.

Anja said...

loving the dress, please don't dye it! Please! It looks so pretty, but where was the original hem if I may ask. Maybe that version looks pretty as well?

Anja
aheartandsoulstory.blogspot.com