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