While most of my style advice leans on getting rid of (or shelving) things that no longer fit, occasionally, like many rules, this can be amended. There are a thousand reasons one would keep something that isn’t the perfect fit. For myself and this Mara Hoffman dress, my reason is that it was a sample, I was speed shopping, and the rest is history.
I like to make the most of what I have, but when it came to this dress in particular, it was simply about falling deeply in-love with the pattern and shape. And though the top of my body fits this perfectly (some would even say the breast-area is a bit baggy), the bottom barely closes on my hips and thighs. This isn’t surprising for someone with my shape. It is hard to srike the balance with a barely-there-A-cup and large hips with an equally big butt! Let’s just call it.
But when it comes to dresses and this matter this summer, I’ve learned to be a bit forgiving and creative. This is where layering a dress with a pair of jeans, pedal pushers, or shorts, comes in handy. And to be honest, as someone who likes styling things, more than anything else, it offers me the chance to have a bit more fun and flex some creativity.
Overall, when considering keeping your dress, I’d say put together at least three good outfit ideas for wearing them. For instance, I’m wearing this dress this fall with brown trousers–I can’t wait! And it’ll work perfectly over my bathing suit on our last summer vacation in Long Island later this month.
Do you have a dress that you love, but it isn’t the perfect fit?