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What Do I Wear With This? The Retro Dress

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 /

Do you have a great piece in your wardrobe but you never wear it because you’re not sure what to wear with it? You love it, the piece fits perfectly and it’s a great colour so why doesn’t it work?

Often the solution is right in front of you. Sometimes it’s as simple as playing in your wardrobe and experimenting with what you already have. At other times you may need to invest in one or two pieces to make it work . If this is the case think strategically as any pieces that you introduce should go with at least three other items. If you are buying something to save one piece (unless you absolutely love it), it’s probably not worth the investment.

A big thank you to Jacqui for volunteering her ‘tricky’ piece  – a retro shift dress from the Salvo’s store in Fyshwick. Jacqui loves the dress for its feminine retro vibe but has found the shape and neckline a little tricky. She would love to wear it to work on ‘casual Friday’, out for dinner or meeting friends.

The piece

Retro shift dress in navy with a red and gold geometric print and tie collar.

How do I wear it?

Given its boxy and soft silhouette this dress is a fabulous style for all shapes. However, in order to create an even more flattering silhouette HourglassesTriangles, Rectangles may want to add a belt. This dress is trans-seasonal and is perfect for autumn through to spring. Great in the cooler months with a pair of brown boots and rich coloured jackets and cardigans. In spring pair it with brown sandals or wedges and some aqua accents




For Jacqui the aim was to make the retro dress feel modern and create a fabulous silhouette. We used a belt to cinch in the waist and create an hourglass shape. To make the dress look current we added other brown accessories such as the sandals and bag. Don’t worry about the accessories being a perfect match, they just need to be the same tone of brown. I recommended that she take up the hem by an inch and the same down the sides of the dress. For a very small investment you get the perfect fit.

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L-R: Belt from Supre, Handbag a gift from Nine West, Hoop earrings from Target, Blue Earrings an overseas purchase, Sandals from Fash n Treasure.

If you have a ‘tricky’ item that you would love some help with please email I will be featuring one piece per month and happy to work with what you have in your wardrobe or suggest something new. 


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