Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Quick Switch for A Night Out, Courtesy of the Homemade Belt Ring:

I came home the other day needing a cute outfit fast so I could meet up with some friends—unfortunately, as it usually happens when you want to look good, nearly all of my laundry was dirty. I loved the knit dress I had worn to work, but I felt so over-dressed when I wasn't in the office. On the other hand, I always feel sloppy in a t-shirt and jeans, and all of the middle ground favorites were in the hamper. Not knowing what to do about it, I pulled my pants on, hoping inspiration would strike somewhere in the middle of the process, and lo and behold, it actually did! 

Something about my dress cinched up while I buttoned my pants gave me the idea to turn it into a “Night Out” shirt.

I'd made a quick belt ring a few weeks ago for drape-ey fabric belts by winding some clear elastic (found in any fabric store) around a clear plastic circle that stores often slip scarves through for display.

Once I thought of that, it was so simple—I just lifted the skirt to the waist, pulled the fabric snug around my hips, and slipped the excess through the belt ring. I love the way it draped  down one leg, accentuating the classic, flattering print with modern asymmetrical lines, but, paired with the pants, was just casual enough for hanging out with friends.

So try it next time you're looking for a fun shirt without anytime to dig through laundry—you might have flashbacks to the 80s when you pulled your shirts through sock holders, but this updated twist will have you footloose and turning your favorite dress into your favorite shirt in no time!

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