When I tried this on I was disappointed at how shapeless it was, even when I tied the waist-tie as tight as I could. But because the waist is so high, it really wouldn't work with a belt. So I tried something to give the dress more of a defined waist...
Step 1: Look for waist.
Step 2: Nope, I can't find it either.
Step 3: Undo ties and pull out, taut to the side.
Step 4: Cross waist ties over in front of you.
Step 5: Make sure ties lie flat against your body.
Step 6: Pull towards the back and tie in a knot or bow if you have enough.
Doesn't it look so much better? I use this a lot now - with the pineapple dress I posted the other week and with both DP dresses I wore on my birthday - it's such an easy way to improve the fit of a dress.
I wore this to work yesterday - it's been so miserable all week that I've found myself straight back into my winter clothes - oh, black tights, I have to admit I've missed you. Also, hence the indoor shot - it's taken a lot of experimenting but I've finally found somewhere in my new room to stand for outfit shots. Sloped ceilings = pretty, but annoying!
For the first time in ages I've got a quiet weekend ahead of me and it's blissful. I've loved my busy summer but I've felt seriously sleep deprived lately! I'm seeing my sister tomorrow night and we're going to get comfy and watch the X-Factor. I can even keep up my planned body detox - she's about 4 weeks from giving birth so there'll be no booze for us! What does your weekend have in store?
Dress - Red Herring at Debenhams
Shoes - New Look
Necklace - Topshop
Last but not least, I need to announce the winners of my Burlington Socks giveaway! They are...
Christina from A Sense Sublime.
Elizabeth from Bette on Toast
Katie from Sugarpatch
Congratulations ladies! I'll be in touch...