When Rusty, my awesome coworker presented me with this crazy dress, we both giggled. A lot.
This is probably the very worst “before” dress I’ve ever had on this blog! When Rusty showed me the label, my jaw dropped.
At first I didn’t understand it. How could the designer who brought the shirt dress, the pea coat, and the trench coat into high fashion also bring us this terrible thing? In the 70’s, Yves Saint Laurent was also exploring tribal themes…I think this dress might be a part of that. But it’s terrible.
I had to do something to help this dress! First, I got to the long task of cutting off all that yarn fringe.
The pic below will give you an idea of what I was dealing with.
One I finally cut away every single strand of that fraying yarn, I attacked the length. That weirdo poufy skirt at the bottom of the dress had to go…no questions asked!
After removing that bottom skirt, I wasn’t really sure what else I should do. This is going to sound stupid, but I didn’t want to violate the design integrity of this dress any further. So, while today’s dress certainly isn’t my typical style (unless I wanted to hop over to a renaissance fair and belt out a few madrigals), I think it’s a big improvement, given what I had to work with! :)
I wore a black dress under this thing, as it was just a wee bit too short for me to feel completely comfy in without it. Plus, that red fabric is scratchy! I wore my red dress to karaoke night, where I ran into the always delightful Evelyn! :)
I’ve gotta admit. I’ll be happy to never have to wear this crazy dress again! :)