Monday, August 2, 2010

Redress

Confession time: four years ago, I was 60 pounds heavier. With a little help from Weight Watchers, I slimmed down to a healthy size 6. Of course the change was great for my health, but I was a little bummed about losing the wardrobe I had accumulated over the years. This dress from Banana Republic was one of my favorites. When it became too large, I vowed to find a size small on eBay someday. No luck. Recently, I pulled it out of storage and decided to go another direction. A simple knot on the inside of the dress creates a draped effect around the torso, making it wearable again.

Outfit Notes: Banana Republic Dress; Diane von Furstenberg Sandals; Forever21 and Banana Republic Bracelets; Necklaces from J.Crew, LOFT, NVme Fashions, Wendy Mink Jewelry

39 comments:

  1. Yes!! Jessica it's so cute. You look terrific in the dress and the entire outfit. Love your shoes and all the fantastic jewelry!!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  2. Glad you found a way to keep wearing it! You look great :)

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  3. Such a great re- invention! Truly shocked- you always look so slim but a huge well done to you!!call by sometime.xx fashion clocked

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  4. Gorgeous Wendy Mink jewelry and you're looking good as always dear!

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  5. Ciao Jessica,
    i like your style.
    the dress is so elegant and also so sexy. omg
    thanks for your comment.
    ciao
    Nicola freshONpr

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  6. WOW, I admire your determination! and I applaud you on your creativity!!! you look FABULOUS!!! xoxo

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  7. I sooo love that necklace. I might have to get my hands on one of those. And the shoes are beautiful too. And congrats to you for getting to a size 6 and losing all that weight. That's great!
    naina

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  8. lovely dress! and your shoes are amazing..
    great smile you have.
    LOx

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  9. What a great solution for this dress. It looks fantastic on you. :)

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  10. smart girl! that dress looks amazing, and you'd never guess it didn't come that way. LOVE those nude sandals, too. they're great. and the necklace......and the bracelets...and the nail polish.....

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  11. OHHH That necklace is divine!

    xo Lynzy
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  12. What a brilliant style idea! It actually makes the dress take on a wrap aesthetic a la DVF - love!! :)

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  13. wow dear, that's a lot of weight, last summer I was 35 pounds heavier, still have another 10 to go!I know how it is to lose your weardrobe:(
    love the twist you added to the dress!

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  14. wow, go you for sticking to a plan to make you your healthy weight!!! the dress looks, i couldn't even tell that it was too big!

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  15. Fabulous re-design Jessica! I love the layered necklaces too - I've yet to find the perfect layered mix for myself...

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  16. And here I was going to lose some weight... maybe not after all! Too many great dresses I don't feel like rebuying. ;)

    YOU look fantastic!

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  17. Wow, those are some awesome shoes!

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  18. lovely outfit and photos!! i adore your necklace!!

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  19. Love the dress, the shoes and the jewelry...totally fabulous outfit!

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  20. That is such a stunning look...I love your dress and your shoes are wow:)

    Kisses and hugs my lovely:)

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  21. The dress is so lovely, it's great you've found a way to refashion it and make it wearable again.
    While losing weight is a wonderful thing, and you look amazing -- I can't imagine how awful it must be to lose half your wardrobe!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  22. Great dress and necklace! And congrats on maintaining your weight loss for four years!

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  23. Clever!:D Those sandals are nice!:D

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  24. it looks great on you!
    i had the same problem before a few years!!i know the feeling...

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  25. cute! love the outfit! You look fab!
    xo tash

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  26. What a creative idea, Jessica! The dress looks awesome on you and I love those necklaces.

    Valerie

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  27. Oh wow congrats on the weight loss!!! :D :D
    The dress looks great :D
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  28. Great way to re-work that dress Jessica! Love all of your necklaces!!! So GORGE!

    xoxo,
    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

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  29. I love the little twist, so you can keep wearing it. congratulations on keeping the weight off.
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  31. Beautiful outfit:)))

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  32. cute! a great way to revamp the wardrobe!!!Congrats on the healthier you!

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  33. you look great!

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  34. Dang, I couldn't even tell the dress was altered. Congrats on losing the weight and keeping it off! I'm still working on my weight, wish me luck.

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  35. beeeautiful look! Wrap dresses are so classic and womanly! love them

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