WIW - rescuing an orphan sweater dress out of the donate pile

I bought this Loft sweater dress last winter when I was feeling particularly down about my style. It kind of symbolized everything that was sad about the way I felt about my look. It was gray and shapeless. I've been ruthlessly and unsentimentally leaving team keep behind, so I couldn't wait to get rid of this dress when I pulled out my winter sweaters box.

And then I saw Angie's post on sweater dresses (http://youlookfab.com/2011/10/.....on-the-go/)

I started thinking that maybe this dowdy thing could be fresh again. I added the right undergarments this time - thank you Victoria's Secret for carrying my size in a bra style that makes me look like I have a shape. I also added my YLF NYC obi belt to give me waist definition. I wore opaque tights and tall black boots to give my legs a long lean line. And to finish it off, I got a sassy haircut that changes everything. What a difference a few seemingly minor changes can make! I got more compliments on this outfit at work than I have on anything in a long time. I'm really happy with how this turned out and I think I've managed to rescue an orphan!

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  • bj1111 replied 7 years ago

    nice save and a score! love love love the outfit. that belt finishes the sweater.

  • Lenni A replied 7 years ago

    What a sweet family picture! You look great! I can't imagine the dress being shapeless it looks like it fits you very nicely. I really like the obi belt with it.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    You look amazing and furthermore, I fail to see HOW you are an apple of any kind!

    This is a good reminder not to judge items unstyled. I feel like that's how I test things - "is it a WOW even when I've just rolled out of bed?" - but obviously that's the wrong way to go!

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    Great way to re-work that dress. It looks great the way you styled it. Obi belt to the rescue. Well done, Rita!

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    You look great!

  • Isis replied 7 years ago

    This looks great! (and cute kids!)

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 7 years ago

    I am really glad you rescued that dress. It fits you very nicely and you have styled it perfectly. It should also be quite versatile as you can add a hit of color or a jacket/cardi to change it up.

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Rita, this looks really good on you. I love Obi belts and I think this is perfect with the dress. I wouldn't change a thing here, and I would absolutely wear this outfit myself. Great rescue.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Shocked that you'd call this dress dowdy! Hooray for your save!

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    I love the belt! I think it makes you look very sleek and modern.

  • modgrl replied 7 years ago

    Thanks everybody! That obi belt is really like magic. When I put it at my high waist, it gives me serious waist definition. It's getting quite a workout these days. Sadly it is not long for this world. The leather is so soft, it is already ripping slightly.

    @Una, it took me a long time to figure out that clothes are not going to look uhhhmazing all by themselves. They need the right styling, accessories, accompaniments, shoes, a good haircut and a bit of makeup to look good.

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    What a cute pair of kiddos! You look fantastic in this sweater dress, what a great save. That obi really works wonders! Nice haircut too!

  • Jenava replied 7 years ago

    Hells, yah! That is not looking shapeless at all anymore. It looks fantastic!

  • HelenInCanada replied 7 years ago

    You've styled it beautifully, modgrl - I covet the dress and the obi belt. Looks so effortlessly chic and comfortable! Great save - and adorable little ones!!!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Great save, this is styled beautifully! I can see why that awesome obi belt is getting lots of use :)

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    Nice dress and love the obi belt with it! I have a purple sweater dress which i am wearring it like you, with an obi belt and found out that gives a great punch to the all outfit..

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I can't get past the sweet look on your face as you look down at your beautiful children. Beautiful picture that warms the heart.

  • Jonesy replied 7 years ago

    This looks really stylish and fab, and your kiddos are too cute!

  • Queen Mum replied 7 years ago

    That is a great basic dress that you can wear several ways. I'm glad you rescued it. I have a very similar dress (also from Loft) in a heatherish taupish brown and I wear it with skinnies, boots and my cream leather jacket... I never even had a fleeting thought of feeling dowdy.

  • ironkurtin replied 7 years ago

    Nice!! Going to steal the obi belt idea, it looks amazing on you!

  • replied 7 years ago

    Rita, you are stunning in that dress! Fantastic save. And of course, as always, your kids are the cutest!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    GREAT save, Rita. You look smashing! I adore obi belts and this one is clearly doing what it's meant to do!

    This is really a great testament to the learning you have done here.

    Your kids are so sweet!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I'm glad that you rescued it! Looks killer with the new obi belt :)

  • JennyAnne replied 7 years ago

    Yea for you! It looks really great!

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    Yay for rescuing that dress, it looks lovely here. Hard to imagine it was a wardrobe orphan. And your kiddies are so cute!

  • HeleenH replied 7 years ago

    I am so glad you gave this dress another chance! You look great in it.

  • amyreh replied 7 years ago

    So glad you rescued this, just gorgeous!!

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Love this dress on you, as well as your choice of accessories. So very cute!

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    Great save is right! The obi belt is fantastic!

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    I missed this - great save! And speaking of belting older gray dresses . . . lol!

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