How to: Make an Old Dress New Again
Put pants underneath it. Duh.
One of the most arresting trends at Fashion Week and particularly in Paris was the use of sheer overlays. I was especially keen on what Wes Gordon did at his show with long shirts that could have been dresses tucked into literal sheets of lace. Notable, too, were the chiffon overlays as evidenced at Maiyet, and Giambattista Valli and the tricks with intricate eyelet as displayed at Stella McCartney and Chloé. The trend is probably one more nod to the 90s but I see nothing wrong with that.
Chiefly because about a month ago, I had the idea to start an installment called How to Make an Old Dress New Again where I would, you know, take old dresses and make them feel new. I’m at this curious crossroad right now where I don’t want to be buying new things — instead just making what already exists in my closet feel as crisp at it did when it first landed there.
While the pictured white Simone Rocha dress can barely be rendered “old” — I bought it last February from Dover Street Market in London — I’ve also since worn it so many times and often in the same, uniform way that it could definitely use a lift. In removing the slip that is typically worn underneath it and instead replacing that with a white sports bra (fine, it’s actually a one-strapper by Helmut Lang) and cropped, high waist jeans, I basically turned it into the longest eyelet t-shirt known to mankind.
So, what do you think?
I’m wearing an Acne blazer and little emoticon pooper-macho minaudiere, the overlay of a Simone Rocha dress, the Maison Martin Margiela jeans I told you about last week — remember the ones I bought at a “fire sale” without trying them on only to learn they did not fit me at all. Not by any stretch of the fluctuating imagination, at least. [Enjoy pun here.] The shoes are Chanel.
I know, I know, I just put a dollar in the Douche Bag Jar.
Your turn! Please Snapchat me dress-facelift-selfies A.S.AP. And, duh, happy Monday.
Street style photo via le21, runway images courtesy of Vogue.com & Style.com