06 July 2011

A Gap in Judgement?

So I was feeling pretty sartorially proud of myself a few weeks back when I scored this dress on sale. The color attracted me immediately and I had been on the lookout for another easy knit dress that could take me through summer. But what I really dug about this piece was that it was different from my standard silhouette and made me feel a bit more modern, a bit more edgy.

Now cut to reality as the dressing room afterglow has dissipated. I have no real idea how to style this piece, plus it is kind of so different from my normal look that I'm not sure I can "rock it" in the real world. And it doesn't help that The Mrs. O was spotted sporting this same frock about a month ago, which incited Gap stores to sell out country-wide with stylish wannabes. As much as I appreciate her bold style, I didn't want to be walking around in "that Obama dress" or any piece known as "that ___ dress" for that matter. So no gripes against the First Lady.

So what do you style mavens think? Should I be brave and take this piece for a stroll, or is a big thumbs down for me in the dress? How would you wear this?

Attempt #1 - Dress as it is (one minor annoyance is that I have to make sure this dress is pulled back upfront or I may be flashing the world):

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Attempt #2 - With a big belt at the waist (and thank you, draping for creating what appears like and could actually be a massive food baby):

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Attempt #3 - As a tunic, a la Mrs. O (and actually, my favorite option so far, but there's just so much fabric around the hips):

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Attempt #4 - With a low-slung belt to play on the draping and casual it up a bit:

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Dress: Gap impressionist dress (similar solid here, print in skirt here, similar-ish here)

36 comments:

  1. I actually like it as-is or with the belt (pic #2). The print is so bold on its own that you don't need much to go with it. The tunic look is nice, but you're right...the extra fabric around the hips makes it look less sleek than it is as a dress. It is really cute! I think you look great in it.

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  2. Nice outfit Lisa! I like that it's so versatile you can wear it as a dress which is my favorite look with this one. How goes everything?? I haven't been checking in here for a while and you're still the same Lisa. Your giveaway winners photos cracked me up so I had to stop by. : P

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  3. i also like #2 the best,it looks very nice.
    but i also like it with jeans.
    dont be so hard on yourself,you look beautiful in it!

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  4. It is a great print and a gorgeous color!! My favorite is #3 :)

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  5. Lisa, nice choice! I actually really like it as is, attempt #1. The dress is so bold on its own I'm afraid anything extra (like the belt) may add on unnecessarily. Plus, it shows off your fab physique!

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  6. It IS different from your usual style; I can see how that might feel odd to you. Still, it does look great. And my preference is for look #4. The low-slung belt works with the non-waisty shape of the dress, while enhancing your figure.

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  7. I have that dress and have worn it styled like #3 and #4. I didn't know Mrs. O has it too! Thanks for sharing that info!

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  8. I LOVE it!!! So much that I want to go out and get one for myself! I really like all of the versions to be honest. You could wear a tank underneath just for some extra coverage in case the top does dip a little too low.

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  9. Hmm...not my favorite look on you. Like you, I'm petite (5'2") and have a hard time wearing dresses that offer so much draping or fabric.

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  10. I think you look great! I love the first look, but I tend to head to the simplicity side of dressing. A nice chunky black belt would look fab with it as well.

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  11. What pretty colors! I love it belted in the #2 picture or with the cropped jeans! It's such acute piece!

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  12. I like two and three. And I think you should pat yourself on the back for choosing a dress that is the same as the First Lady--she's a stylish chic and anyone who can recognize the dress will appreciate it!

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  13. Hi, Lisa! I like the 2nd featured look as it seems the least overwhelming on your frame. That said, if you are uncomfortable with potential flashing situations the dress will probably just sit in the back of your closet - at least it would for me as I never reach for items that I feel are comprising, don't fit perfect, etc.

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  14. I actually really like how different this is - you definitely can pull it off! The colours are divine on you. I like the first belted look best, but I also like it as a tunic. Great styling ideas :)

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  15. i think i like it as a tunic the best, tbh!

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  16. I think it looks great on you, BUT, if you aren't totally comfortable in it/aren't totally sold on it then you should return it. This is how I end up selling things after wearing them once or twice. I have enough clothes (and I assume that you do, too) that if I don't absolutely, unequivocally love something I know I shouldn't buy it. Just my two cents, it *does* look lovely on you :).

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  17. I don't mind it as a tunic but as a dress I can see it riding up all the time and I do think honestly there is a lot of fabric for your small frame! Do you have really wide belt you could pair it with? That might work! You could always layer it on top of another skirt if you're worried about it riding up too.

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  18. I really like the dress on you. It's a great color and any way you've styled it looks flattering IMO. It suits you. But as a few of the other ladies have said, YOU need to feel that it's special enough to keep. :)

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  19. I like everyday you style it and I think the skirt looks good as it is :-) I would also wear it with a wide belt if you want to have less of a slouchy look because the wide belt hides the fabric pretty well.

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  20. #3 is by far my favorite. Casual but put-together, and still you. I think the excess fabric feels like a lot more than it actually looks. The print hides the "Wrinkles" quite well, I think. Perhaps you can try this look with a belt to hold the fabric in?

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  21. I definitely like #3 the best. could you maybe get it tailored a little so it would work better as a dress?

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  22. I'm for style #2 the most. What are you talkin about, food baby?? The dress seems to be pretty versatile. If mrs o has one, it must be stylish!

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  23. I think the styling of #2 is more flattering on your bod. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of the print, and the slink of the fabric looks like it might be a ride-up-throughout-the-day dress. I love a good risk, but I'd say return it, especially since the first Lady was pictured in it. I'm with you on that feeling.

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  24. I love the colors in the dress but I'm not loving the style so much. I wouldn't fret over who else has the dress though.....the important thing is how do you feel after wearing this dress for 9 hours straight?.....Annoyed or pretty?

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  25. OMG, I have that same dress and wore it on my blog a couple of weeks ago. This dress is everywhere and I love all the options you gave for it. Yes, I'm thinking about taking it in so I don't flash anyone either...lol

    It's a keeper! FANTASTIC!! :)

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  26. The thumbnail of this post caught my attention from another blog, and my response was Oh My Gosh, that's my dress! I didn't realize it was so popular until I read your post.

    Anyway, I was attracted to the print... and the price ($10), but I hated the way it fit. I bought it anyway and cut it in half. The top, I've worn as a scarf (and did a post about it), and the bottom part is being made into a skirt!

    You look great in this dress in all of the looks, in my opinion.

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  27. I really like #2 and #4, but I'm not a big fan of the print and the cut of the dress. You do look great in all of your pictures though!

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  28. Definitely a keeper, as styled in photo #2!

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  29. Thanks for your comments, ladies! I think I am going to have to mull over this a bit more (I know, I know, how much time do I want to spend on a $20 piece of clothing? Nonetheless ...) before deciding to keep or give up. I think I like the "idea" of the dress more than the dress itself, especially as I'm not completely satisfied (or comfortable!) with the fit.

    Jennie B - I'm short too and I vascillate between thinking it is too much draping and loving it because it hides a ton of food belly sins, haha!

    Michelle - you're totally right. I need to think about it more that way!

    Caitlin - oh I go through that with pieces from my closet all the time! Most of the stuff I've sold have also only been worn once or twice, but I guess I don't love it enough to keep reaching for it!

    Mary Lane - I AM thinking of potentially chopping off the bottom half and just having it as a tunic. Oh if I only had a sewing machine!

    Callandra - thanks! I would probably still be comfy after 9hrs of wear, but I may have stapled the shoulders together so it stops gaping!

    Mrs. J - I know! Just wearing it around the house for about an hour, I often looked down to find myself with a DEEP v-neck!

    Kish - oh my, I've got to find and check that post out, thanks for letting me know!

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  30. I actually like it as both the tunic and as the dress with the wide belt. I think it's a versatile piece that will be good to have in your closet for work dinners or fancier dinner functions. And maybe keep double stick tape handy. That should help with the accidental slipping and opening :) The color is fantastic on you!

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  31. I think I like it best as #1 or #2. It's such a statement on its own that it doesn't need much to accessorize. I can see it working as #1 with strappy sandals, earrings and a little clutch for a night out. While #2 and #3 dress it down nicely for casual wear.

    If you're worried about flashing the world lol you can always wear a thin cami underneath.

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  32. That dress is so versatile! I like all the looks! wow!!!

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  33. tunic dress! please don't wear it with pants. and you look great and curvacious in it! nice shape! it gives you a really nice shape!

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  34. I am late commenting on this, but I really like it with jeans as a tunic. Also, was wondering how it would look with a black jacket over it to keep the color but tone down the print a bit.

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  35. Since I hadn't stopped by in a while. Sorry! Too busy for words. I did a quick scan down of your past posts. This one drew my attention. A stand out. I was instantly drawn. To me that spells winner. The colors are right. I prefer the dress with the belt at waist, not below. As a hip belt it divides you unevenly. Because the drappy top half of the dress appears much larger than your smaller lower half. But worn at the waist everything feels and appears even.

    I paid $200 for an Anthro Necklace that I knew Mrs. O Bama wore. It was by a Popular designer. I thought, if she wore it it must be wonderful. I didn't like it at all. I thought it looked cheap and gaudy.

    But your dress does not. Oh and I like it as a tunic too.

    My theory is...if you (the always fashionable Lisa) ask us (your Readers) for an opinion, it's because you are not comfortable.

    If you don't love it, let it go. Plus, I'm so late in the game, the decision has already been made one way or another.

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