Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chop Chop

chop chop

chop chop
works cited: h&m dress; volcom sandals; thrifted belt

Christopher is apartment-hunting in DC this week while I finished packing the house and grading for my summer courses. Sadly, this means I'm on my own for outfit pictures...and since my boyfriend has gotten pretty good at snapping the photos, I have let my photography muscles atrophy pathetically. Thus, while I dream of taking my own photos with the aplomb of the very talented Monkey Face, I fear that I can barely ensure that the top of my head will be in the frame. To segue at random, I have a question: I'm not sure this dress really suits me, even though am kind of getting on board the longer-skirt/dress trend. I think this particular dress is not quite long enough, so I thought I might chop it below the bust, add an elastic waist and make it into a (longer) skirt. What say you? I'm indecisive and would love your input.

53 comments:

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i think it looks flattering on you! but i am more of a shorter dress, girl so i'd probably chop chop. :)

The Woollen Typist said...

It looks lovely on you just the way it is. Why not get some fabric and make a longer skirt? :)

Pamela said...

I'm curious to see what the dress would look like chopped.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i like that idea, the woollen typist! that would be a really easy solution :)

rebecca said...

Monk is in a league of her own. That's for sure. But I think you did a swell job! I'm no good with taking pictures by myself.
I have a couple maxis that end about at this point. Part of me wishes they were longer but this dress on you is very flattering. I think it's very elongating and the pattern is amazing!

Kelly said...

Awww, I thought you did a great job with the outfits shots. I take my own too & it has taken me about 6 months tp get where I am ... it's certainly a refined art!
The length of the skirt is pretty odd (kind of, inbetween). Maybe you could get some sort of edging (crochet perhaps) to go around the hem.

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

Simply Bike said...

Oh yeah, I second the idea of just adding a few inches to the skirt by adding a band out of extra fabric and keeping it a maxi dress. I really like the dress on you!

S.

MONKEYFACE said...

Air kisses! You're right it's totally just the daily habit, when you have so many photos to throw away all the time you can't help but force yourself to get better. Segueing at random, I thought this was going to be a haircut post. And I have no opinion on the dress b/c I'm just too happy your hair is staying. ;)

megannielsen said...

oooo i am totally on board with the chopping the dress thing - i think it would make an awesome maxi skirt.

Also like monkey lady, i'm totally thrilled you weren't talking about cutting your hair. phew! hehe

nikki said...

I really dig the maxi! You wear it so well that I would be hesitant to suggest turing it into a skirt. I think the length is fine, but the idea to add some fabric is really quite ingenious. Please let us know what you decide. Either way, I'd love to see the results!

SoFashionistica said...

I would cut it just above the knee and not even worry about making it longer.

Liz said...

I'm on board with the group here, meaning I'm glad to see this post is about the dress and not your hair. It looks like we're all jealous of your lovely long locks. As for the dress, I kinda like that it's a bit shorter but I am sure a skirt would be just as fun.

Hannah said...

I second the idea of the chop it just above the knee; the top looks great on you!

No Guilt Fashion said...

I think it would look good either turned into a maxi skirt, or a shorter dress. I like the pattern, so I would keep it in my closet.

Alejandra said...

Actually love the way it looks on you. Beautiful!

Callie said...

Such an adorable dress - you can always find some great things at H&M. I think it fits great, but the idea of it being shorter would be interesting to see!

And best of luck with packing and the move! I am just about to do the same thing and it's one of the most stressful processes ever!

Courtney Erin said...

I think this dress is totally flattering on you! But chopping it definitely wouldn't make it less so - so go with your gut!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.com

Rin said...

I really love it as a maxi dress.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i could add some length at the bottom (or the middle), you're right. although i'm not sure if that would look funny. because i love the fabric, i'm tempted to turn it into a skirt of a better length (probably longer) and then keep looking for a maxi dress i like.
kelly, i totally agree about the length--it would be better if it were a few inches shorter of longer; it's kinda awkward as it is.

allie said...

I love the pattern, and think the dress looks great on you how it is, but I also feel uncomfortable in maxis when they're in that in-between length, so I see where you're coming from. I would chop it and make a maxi skirt (full length) but try to keep the top as well and hem it into a tank if you can! It's a very flattering top on you and the pattern could work layered in lots of different outfits I bet!

Allie @ my WOREdrobe

stephanie said...

I think you're right about the length, I say chop it. I do have to say, though, that I can tell that maxi dresses/skirts are very flattering on you, so you should find one a few inches longer! Can't wait to see this as a shorter skirt! :)

Jhan said...

I'm with Monkeyface! I thought this was going to be about hair cutting too. Anyhoo, I do think the dress is a little short. You could either leave it as is and only wear it with heels, or (if that doesn't work) do the long-skirt thing. :-)

Linley said...

go for it! i'd love to see what you do. and the print is really pretty! it would look lovely as a maxi skirt!

Teodora said...

I love it the way it is - maybe with a white shirt on top of it, tied at the waist?

Teodora
teodoraslookbook.com

Carola said...

Dont even think about chop chop-ing it!!! It looks amazing!!! And with a nice cardigan, you will be ready to go for Autumn and Spring... Prutty please, dont do it! ahahaha... <3

Julie Del said...

Go for it! It'll look great as a long skirt! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Julie Del @ J.Bird

Elisabeth said...

I have the same dress and was recently thinking it was too short on me as well. Now you have me thinking about turning mine into a shorter dress. Hmmm.

Quinn said...

It looks nice on you, but I have to say that before I read the text, I was thinking that it didn't quite look "you." So I vote for making it into a skirt.

laura said...

I remember loving the dress when you first posted about it here: http://whatwouldanerdwear.blogspot.com/2011/05/emily-influence.html

The way you styled it there was great and I actually think the length looks good on you. But if you do decide to make a maxi skirt out of it, I second the idea of keeping the top as well and trying to make some sort of tank out of it - it has a great fit and the pattern is amazing!

C.H. said...

Chop it above the knee, hem it and make it a shorter dress. There might even be enough fabric left to make a cute mini-skirt.

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

This dress is certainly an interesting pattern. It is very flattering on you and I think it looks nice with the brown accessories. :)

em said...

In my oppinion, a longer skirt would be a better and more versatile version of the dress.
But don't worry about the pictures, they're fine! :)

Theresa said...

I think the dress looks fine, but I can see that you feel it's too short (I probably would, as well)!
I think I would either try to add some fabric at the bottom (bonus: if you don't like it you can always go back), make it a longer maxi skirt or just keep it that way. I wouldn't cut it - I don't see the print and the cut of the dress looking best as a short dress.
Most importantly, however, you are not thinking about cutting your hair!

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

I think it's a bit too short or too long. I'd either chop it to create a real maxi or chop it to midi length.

Becca said...

Try folding the top of the dress into the waistband and slinging in a bit lower on your hips. This gives you the longer length, but doesn't ruin your chance to turn it back into a dress again. (Belt as needed, of course!)

wildchild said...

i was terrified the chop chop of the title meant your hair too. don't do that. i like your hair.

anddd i'd say leave the dress. it's pretty! and you could always just make a long high waisted skirt and put it on overtop? or just hem the bottom up a little bit to make it a more normal looking length. i'm just always hesitant to chop clothes in case i change my mind later.

Anja said...

I would also make this super cute dress into a longer skirt! It is a bit short, but that pattern just looks so great, it would be a waste not to try it! Had a similar issue with a dress of mine and it now is my favorite maxi skirt! go for it! Or make it into a short dress :)

Firesparx said...

I think it is a touch too short. If you have the skills to lengthen it from the waist then go for it! (Tutorial perhaps?) I think it would also look cute cropped short, especially since it is a pretty busy pattern.

dot said...

I wear my short version of this dress (photo here: http://gochicorgohome.com/explore/members/452/photos/236216) pretty much every other day--you could always just chop the skirt shorter and make a duplicate.

Then again, this is likely a biased comment because I can't ever decide how to wear a maxi skirt; I find dresses more versatile. :)

Genny said...

You are definitely looking awesome in that dress!

Roxanne said...

Before I even read what you wrote, I was thinking what a great length that dress is. Sometimes I think maxi dresses are a little too long. Maybe that's just me, but I think the dress looks great on you! xo

k.rahn said...

I love pattern of the dress! I think it looks lovely on you but you're right, the length does hit in a kind of funny spot. You could certainly either shorten it or turn it into a skirt, but I love it as a maxi. What about sewing a band of solid navy fabric along the bottom hem to make it the perfect length and visually ground the pattern?

steffy said...

I think it would look better as a shorter dress rather than a long skirt... maybe knee length.

Sarah T. said...

My mom is 6' tall and she used to have to add fabric to the bottom of everything back in the 70s when they didn't make anything long enough. She came up with some great stuff. So I say add fabric along the bottom!

Betsy said...

I actually really like the look of the length. So many maxi dresses look like you have to pull them up to wear them. I think it would make a cute skirt too and you do want to like what you wear, but I say keep as is!

Emma said...

I think it would be easier to hem this up into a midi-length skirt. I'm still not really into the whole maxi trend, though, so my opinion may be biased :)

Elizabeth Lessing said...

Being a bit older, and having lived through the 70's when we all wore very long dresses and skirts--I can say that when a dress is at your ankles it tangles around your legs when you walk. That is an awful hassle.
Because you are tall, you do look elegant in the long dress and the pattern is beautiful. I think you look great. I wouldn't do a thing to the dress. But as I said--I'm old, so my fashion advise may be outdated too. Another thing to think about: it is such a hassle to pull fabric out when it gets tangled in a bike chain! You need to be thinking of mobility here--on all levels.

snowflakes.please said...

Chop. I will make such a wonderful skirt.

Anaiya said...

omg perfect post, because I have the same dress and was thinking the same thing (that it was a couple inches too short), so I've been planning to add fabric to the bottom. Any suggestions from anyone on what kind of fabric (ie color, print) to add though? All I can think of is solid navy blue, but I'm not sure if that would look good...

Anonymous said...

i think chopping it into a long skirt would look awesome--plus, you could probably wear it with more things. however you could just as easily buy fabric for a long skirt and make that yourself...haha, i'm not much help. good luck anywho!
Morgan

Kim said...

You could embrace the midi-skirt trend and hem it a couple inches below the knee. I thought the midlength black pleated skirt you have was very cute and flattering.

Liz said...

Do both! Wear it as a dress a few more times & once you are bored you can chop it up & make something new and exciting! You can even make this a multiple DIY project by adding material to the bottom first then removing it & making it a long skirt and then eventually turning it into a mini skirt. I say have fun with it! :)

kimbercrafts said...

I find that my floor-brushing maxi dresses are a trip hazard sometimes! That said, I think the dress is fine as is. :)

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