Going out in the evening, which necessitated a little bit of much-needed dressing up, so I chose my favorite and ultimately versatile handmade reversible (front-to-back AND inside-out) Gossip Girl-inspired dress. It’s very simple and elegant, so it works for a variety of occasions. I wore it backwards for this evening, with the zipper in the back.Many couture items have elaborate beading or detailing on them, thus making them look expensive and “couture.” That look can totally be faked by adding on beaded embellishments in strategic places to very simple outfits, elevating the affordable into something unique and costly-looking. I simply took a hand-beaded choker I created awhile ago and affixed it to the collar of this dress with safety pins on the inside. When I made it I cut out felt in a bit more of a U shape (but on reflection now I feel I should have cut it in a wider oval so it would fit easily onto shirts as a collar). The collar necklace was fiddly to make at the time, but you can find similar beaded pieces from M&J Trimming [as trims or embellishments] or at H&M or Forever 21 [sold as necklaces]. I love things that have a double function!!Just adding that to the dress goes a long way to zhuzh up something simple. Hence, “faux couture.”
It may be getting on into Summer, but it still feels like early Spring some days here in Portland (with the cold Spring rains showing up again unannounced here and there). Tights are a must for evenings – and I’m in love with these Pamela Mann studded ones: so pretty and chic, and the perfect addition for any upscale outfit.
Hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial Day and are enjoying a great start to the week!