This year I have been taking a hard look at my wardrobe. I have lots of individual pieces that I love but not necessarily full looks. My hope is to narrow down my closet and reorganize pieces into coordinates to establish quick “go-to” choices. They need to fit well, be cohesive, and to a degree be simple. Also, they need to strike a balance between casual and pulled together. I don’t like being “dressed up” all the time, its just not who I am. (more…)
Closet Child has been so dangerous for me this year. I’m on a tighter budget (saving for something wonderful) which means second hand prices allow me to still invest in my cute lifestyle. And if you have followed me for any period of time you will know that I have shed many a tear that I can’t fit into Emily Temple cute dresses. Sure I can squeeze into some with full shirring in the back on occasion, but its not really flattering nor is it comfortable. So wanting my Yen to go further and sizes to be more comfortable I saw a good opportunity. The whole make lemonade if given lemons thing.
If you are patient, and not partial to the “most popular” prints, you can pick up quite a few jumperskirts and one piece dresses from ETC and Milk for around $50-80. The way I look at it, that is on par with getting something from Banana Republic or Ann Taylor loft. But instead of boring you get something with a sweet print and quality fabric.
I look for pieces with a high waist. I tried a couple of skirts and they are dangerously short which put me onto this idea. The secret is looking for pieces that will have plenty of volume and that are high waisted. ETC dresses often have underbust seam lines mixed with pleating in the front and elastic in the back. I cut the bodice from the skirts and the skirt lining if there is one. I then make a simple waist band and serge it and insert elastic to finish the job. I cranked one out in a morning the other day and was able to wear it to work. It can be that easy.
This particular Trump Bear print is printed on a nice thick jersey. I am wearing it to pieces already this summer. Its been my go-to for cute, simple and quick on our hot summer weekends where comfort is king. I pair it with matching ETC accessories like the bear necklace and bag (also found second hand on Closet Child.)
Rushed home to find my Innocent World Happy Pack arrived!! With the healthy dollar to yen rate right now I took a chance on the Happy Pack A Large. I had been wait-listed however won out in the end. Delighted with what I received!!
- Chocolate Fountain OP チョコレートファウンテンワンピース in blue
- King of Lolita JSK ジャストウエストジャンパースカート in pale yellow, long length
These are both keepers. I truly feel like a got a “lucky” lucky pack *✲ﾟ*｡✧٩(･ิᴗ･ิ๑)۶*✲ﾟ*｡✧
- Standing Collar Blouse スペシャルスタンドカラーブラウス in ivory
- No Clue What Its Called halter top JSK in pink
- 15th Anniversary iPhone case
- Standard Issue floral and ribbon OTK in ivory
- Ribbon hair clip in navy
This dress is totally the “we can’t sell it put it in lucky pack” item; the little flaps by the tie had to be pinned down to take the photo!! And I just don’t know if that top styling would really be flattering. And I will never know as there is no way on earth this is a Japanese large – its tiny. I do like the tie and the fabric so might hack at it and see if I can make it into something wearable.
The sleeves on the blouse are too short and it won’t button across a certain area of female anatomy… but I might still be able to salvage this as well with a few alterations.
Pleased I took the gamble on this lucky pack. It was totally a risk as Innocent World sizes run small however scored two amazing dresses that I can’t wait to try out.
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