Battle-Stylings

Firstly, I want to say that I've missed all of you dear readers... It has been (what was meant to be a short) holiday, a long one. Due to the ugliness of Irene, we loss power for a couple of days, delayed flights, no internet access I even witnessed loads of trees falling down on the road, and on my sister's neighbour's home. But thank God everyone is okay, and we made it through safely.

I will soon be back to normal. I've experienced earthquakes many times having lived in California; during my visit it was more of a memorable experience for me when I saw the fearful downpour of wind and rain. Well, then the sun came and life happens, so I'm back!

Wishing that all of you are having an amazing week dear lovelies, and I'm certain that if you're apart of the lucky crowd going to NYC in a week or so then you're trotting on high-class excitement and heavenly energy at the moment, no? I know I would be, haha! During my transition I'm most definitely looking forward to reading all about it on your blogs!
Given-a-Little-Bit:
There aren't too many items in my closet that are perplexing when it comes to styling them, but I do have a couple of items that could battle between being avant-garde creations, whimsical styles and perfect hemlines of a polished outfit. However, this dress/jacket/vest piece isn't any of those, it's like none other that I've seen or owned before, why? That's the interesting part, it's a hybrid of an unfinished prototype and a really unique semi-tailored dress... and that's probably because IT IS!

A few years ago, my friend acquired this piece basically from the design house at BeBe, it was a throw-away, meaning that the unusable sample had a few problems, and did not make the cut for the fitting and exact aesthetic that was wanted in the line. However, when she gave it to me I loved it and wanted to display my own way of wearing this piece. Yes, special wearing and future plans are in order for this creation!
Pinstripes and Hardware:
There were safety pins as well as chalk markings, and various sorts of other modification messages that I analysed- all literally written on the garment. The lapels are quite interesting with a piped edge and hand-stitching around the seams, not to mention, I do love the fact that the exaggerated width allows me to wear it in diverse ways. From a funnel neckline to shawl, or even surplice styles.

The back detail is layered with contrast fabric, and two-way zippers are always a positive plus! I also decided to stitch across part of the style lines to make the body of the garment fit much better... here's the results!

Do you have an odd or very unique piece of clothing that makes you think a bit prior to wearing?
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50 comments

  1. The design on that is amazing! I love the back... and the front!

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  2. I quite like...I think it has loads of possibilities! 

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  3. I love this piece.... although to be honest, I would be unsure what to do with it until I saw your lovely styling skills!

    I have a couple pieces that I start thinking about how to style long before it is actually time to play dress up.  They require a bit more thought, but always seem to be worth it in the end... 

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  4. It looks great. Thats pretty cool you have an unreleased prototype!

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  5. Gah! I seriously LOVE the versatility of this piece. I think my favorite is when it's worn as a dress - gorg!  :)

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  6. WOW.. this dress is super gorgeous and indeed very versatile
    lee x
    http://leeoliveira.com 

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  7. That dress is absolutely genius and gorgeous on you. x

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  8. Thanks Vix! I quite like this one! -xo

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  9. aww, Thanks lady! I appreciate the kind words. I love this outfit and have several options to make it into more.  ~definitely worth it in the end.  :)

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  10. Thanks Lauren dear, and YAY!! good to have you back. -xx

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  11. I agree- -xxo
    Enjoy your holiday in Costa Rica dear! I heart that place.  :)

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  12. Hi Mandi!
    I thought it was the coolest and gladly accepted the gift given to me. lol  :)

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  13. Thank you Lee!  It gets loads of conversation! -xo

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  14. I thought you might, glad that you liked it too. I love it as a dress as well. Thanks so much, Erika! -xo  

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  15. that dress with the ruffles is amazing!

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  16. Myrepublicoffashion31 August, 2011

    That shawl is genius. Love it!!! Very versatile. :)SarahD

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  17. OMG I LOVE IT! I can't believe that's a discard! It's soooo good and versatile. Love the trim and the ruffled neck I am also a big big fan of double zipper! Clever alteration...it looks great!

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  18. Stylethroughhereyes01 September, 2011

    So glad you're safe!

    I LOVE this piece from BeBe! How lucky you are to have this sample. I love the different ways you can style it!

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  19. I am completely jealous for not being in NYC. :(

    p.s. you look amazing and love the dress/top.

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  20. it's so interesting, these ruffles can be vastly modified! -xo

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  21. I know! I scored big time eh? Usually when someone finds something  and thinks that it's "nothing," it ends up in my hands, and for me, I see it like a treasure, lol! Thanks Jamillah, glad that you appreciate this. :)

    Have fun at fashion week... will you be there, dear?

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  22. Thanks Jen! I do adore the various ways one's able to wear this piece.
    Have an amazing day!

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  23. totally in love with your leggings!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  24. Dear I think this is one of the most amazing items I have ever seen, at least when it comes to versatility!!:) U as always look  beautiful!!:)
    kisses
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

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  25. That is the COOLEST dress - love the design and texture!  I'm wearing a favorite lace top now and lacey things are among my favorite pieces of apparel.

    p.s. Not cool that a dry cleaner lost your scarf!  I've had a such bad experience with cleaners too!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  26. Ugh... sorry to hear about your Irene drama. Very glad your back! So cool that you got pieces from the design house. That dress is incredible on you - it fits you like a glove.

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  27. I can't get over how fabulous you are! That dress-jacket-top thing is AMAZING, I like it best as a dress I think :)

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  28. I know Mel, I will sadly not be there as well. :(  but perhaps, one sweet day. -xo  Thanks!

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  29. oh thank you! you are so sweet hon! I love it's versatility! -xxoo

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  30. I agree, which is why I wash my silk scarves these days. 

    Thanks for your comment dear! -x

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  31. hah1 oh thank you lovely, that's so sweet. I love this dress-concoction, it's so much fun to wear. -xo

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  32. It was  definitely an interesting holiday. 
    Thanks Marissa, I LOVE this dress! -xx

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  33. I think this dress/cape looks amazing on you!  How crazy that you were in NY for the storm!

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  34. I would gladly add this piece to my wardrobe, discard or not! The color is perfect! You look stunning!

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  35. What a fabulous piece! I love the ruffled front and unexpected design on the back!  It's truly a keeper!

    xo www.RavingFashionista.com

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  36. That's a fabulous piece of clothing and so unique! Can't believe it was a throwaway piece. I'm a huge fan of any item that can be styled different ways. My only remotely perplexing item is a sack-type dress, which when unbottoned works as a vest and when cinched with a belt actually looks bodycon.

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  37. Thank you Sarah! Yes, the design on the back was quite the surprise. have a great weekend. :)

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  38. I know it was very weird, I was in NY & VA for the storm which was pretty much throughout it, but I made it through. Thanks dear for your  comment. Enjoy your weekend. :)

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  39. Like you, I too love versatile garments. 
    Your sack-style dress sounds great! -xo

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  40. I love all those pictures, especially the second dress! It looks amazing on your figure and you look so pretty! Thanks for sharing! xoxo, Veena <3



    http://seven-inch-stilettos.blogspot.com

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  41. i think hybrid is the perfect way to describe this piece! it is a very interesting indeed and so so versatile! and it looks amazing on you, it is made for you i guess 

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  42. Thank you lovely, hope you are doing well. I do love this dress, and cannot wait to wear it as a vest jacket with belts, etc. -xo

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  43. Hybrid piece!!! How clever is that !!!!I love the effect of the jacket in the 2nd picture!!!! 
    http://lacherryontop.com/

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  44. Thanks Janaël and welcome to my blog! -xo

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  45. Oooh awesome. I like that you are able to get samples from stores! This is really cool
    Shasie
    of Live Life in
    Style

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  46. yes, I love this one! Thanks Shasie.

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