real life redo


I always like to ‘fess up to fashion issues as they occur. These things happen, especially in real life. Remember on Sex and the City when Carrie fell on the runway? (“She’s fashion roadkill!”)

Readers, today I had a fashion issue. I got to work a bit earlier than usual, and realized I wasn’t really feeling 100% comfortable in my outfit. Well. I really liked it. But I’m not sure it really worked for work. I blame the early hour. My dress was a bit too short and my tights were a bit too sheer. The result was a bit puzzling for work. Luckily, I do tend to have a few pieces of clothing stocked up in my office for emergencies. I managed to get the photos in before promptly changing. After all, as Carrie taught us, “when real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking.” Well, here is the outfit in all its glory. It lasted a full 30 minutes- my life real redo outfit.

Dress: Dress: Marshall’s ($5 marked down from approx $30)

Cardigan: Marshall’s ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Belt: pulled off another dress

Tights: Nordstrom Rack (approx $4 marked down from $15)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

Necklace: Forever 21 (approx $5)
Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I gave it some thought, and I think this outfit would easily have worked, with modifications. Leggings or really thick tights would have taken away from the short front of the dress. The issue with the sheer tights and the short front of the dress is too much sheer for work. I love this look for evening and weekends though, and will definitely be wearing it again. If you’re going to wear sheer, go conservative elsewhere. Here’s how I wore the dress at work last time; it looked much better for work.


2) I do tend to keep extra items around my office for emergencies (spilling coffee, tearing something, ill fitting issue, and now clearly for tights issues). I like having at least one pair of flats, one pair of heels, a belt, basic jewelry, extra neutral top or skirt/pants. It may sound like a lot, but it all fits in a small bin next to my desk. If you’re going to take risks, just be prepared! And aside from risk taking, you never know when you may need something on any given day.

Has this happened to anyone else? I’m curious if anyone else ever thinks, “This sounded good at the time…” after they’ve already left the house?

Thanks for sharing, readers! We take it one fashion adventure at a time!

25 replies to “real life redo

  1. Gotta love Marshall’s AND the mornings you would like a “do-over” once you get to work and realize what you have on!

  2. Well…I do love the original outfit!! I love the vibrance of the dress…and then the added brightness of the blue stockings!! Fab layering with the draped cardigan….so perfect for fall 🙂

  3. Hmmm … I love the dress both ways. A wise lady (my mother) once told me that it’s best to show off one body part at a time, so since your arms were covered, the sheer tights would’ve shown some leg. I also love the other look, with the cute flats. Colorful and Adorable!

    XOXO Nensi

  4. Thank you for reminding me of this cult “SATC” scene when Carrie (my all-time favorite fashion icon) falls on the runway ! You share her incredible way of mixing patterns, accessories, colors and bold pieces, and for that, I admire you, my Fashion Huntress ! XXX

  5. what an excellent idea to keep a few outfits on hand at work. Must. Do. That. Also for those mornings when you spill coffee all over the crotch of cream colored pants, a look I am currently rocking. I’m just refusing to get up from my desk until I can break away at lunch to go home and change.

  6. I love both outfits but I agree with you the sheer tight in the first one makes the dress looks shorter than I think it really is. I love the color of the tight with the dress. This post makes me think that I have to add more color to my wardrobe, specially for the Fall and Winter. Xoxo

  7. I agree, the second outfit is better for work, but the first one is cute too and a great casual look. Like your blog!

  8. this has definitely happened to us and it’s definitely not a good feeling :/
    the worst thing is feeling uncomfortable in your outfit!
    We love your quick fix up, it’s very clever to have extra clothes and shoes around in case of emergency!
    xoxo Vera & Rony

  9. This debacle happens to me all the time. An outfit debut is almost like an experiment for me. Am I comfortable? Is it appropriate? If not, I try to make minor modifications on the spot with what I have available and re-calculate the entire outfit before I wear it again. I think the tribal print is fantastic. I’m dying to see you bathed in several 36′ chain necklaces though! Also, thanks for referencing my favorite Carrie moment of all time!

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