what i wore; birds and blue - The Dainty Squid

what i wore; birds and blue

Thursday, May 03, 2012

the details 
sweater - thrifted
dress (worn as a shirt) - c/o Romwe
ring - c/o Sea of Bees
skirt - thrifted
tights - We Love Colors
shoes - c/o Blowfish

If there is one thing I've learned about dressing myself from other bloggers it's that when a dress is too short you can tuck it into a skirt and TA-DAAAA you've got yourself a new shirt. This particular dress was right on the verge of being too short. It would be fine if you plan on just standing around but I always worry about accidentally flashing people.

I actually have a story related to this too! One time I was out thrifting with my mom, I was wearing an almost too short dress. It was a decent length but while walking around and rubbing against my purse (worn across my chest) the dress had worn up and was exposing over half of my butt! I have no idea how long I'd been walking around like that before I noticed. So, I retired that dress to ones that I only wear around the house.

Here are the shoes I did the DIY fringe on a while back. I haven't taken the fringe off since I made it and they're still going strong. The fringe also rocketed these shoes up to one of my top three faves and top three most worn.
xoxo

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37 thoughts

  1. I love that dress! I wanted to buy it so bad, but H&M dresses are always too short on me :( This winter they had a really cute tan dress with black cat faces all over that really stole my heart, but again, way too short. I will have to remember the skirt trick next time!

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  2. That skirt is such a gorgeous colour!

    Sharleena xx
    markedbeautyblog.blogspot.com.au

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  3. That skirt is so pretty!!

    flashing happend so often to me that by now I'm a bit paranoid about that. If I wear a skirt that goes above the knees or that's a light material...my hands usually jump to my sides as soon as I feel any kind of wind coming ^^ I so hate it when it happens.

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  4. hahaha.. awkward eh? At least you weren't dragging toilet paper on your feet too... right? right?

    Soo, I have that same sweater.. so light and comfy!
    LOVE the birds.. and the colour of skirt with mustard tights!
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

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  5. haha I totally understand you! I'm very shy and I hate to show more than necessary so I either wear a short dress at home or try to find a way to cover it somehow when wearing it outside... I often wear them with dark tights or - just like you - add a skirt over it and turn the dress into a top.
    By the way, I love the way you matched that dress with that turquoise skirt, the colour just pops out!

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  6. On that last photo you seem to pop out from the surroundings. So cool!
    And I love your skirt, it's the perfect colour.

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  7. I always wear bike shorts under my dresses (even fancy ones!) because to me the most mortifying thing in the world would be flashing someone!

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  8. So cute! I have longer skirts that still do that, especially because the school I go to is a complete wind tunnel. So everytime I walk around I have to have my hands holding my skirt down!

    <3
    http://kimberrleigh.com/

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  9. what a great idea. I have a few 'favorite' dresses that on the verge of being to short! Going to totally try that idea out!

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  10. I love your dress/top!! The bird print is super cute!

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  11. I love the neckline and pattern of this shirt! It looks so nice with your tattoos.

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  12. A dress as a shirt, omigosh that's brilliant! I've had my butt hang out of a dress before, makes me soooo nervous when wearing a dress!!!
    I looove this outfit and those shoes are so great!

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  13. Um that probably with purses riding up your skirt is my constant fear. Well, constant when I'm wearing pretty much anything other than a super tight pencil skirt. Those are usually safe. One time it happened to me when I was wearing a dress that hit right below my knees. Like, seriously? That shouldn't be possible!

    It works really well as a top, though, so I think you're safe ;-)
    C Marcia (Sequins)

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  14. The exact same thing has happened to me before -- an okay-length skirt paired with a purse that hits your hip. Danger! I was once walking to work when a man behind me ran up to let me know I was flashing everyone my underwear, hahaha. Oops!

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  15. Love this outfit! Do you happen to watch Game of Thrones, or read the books? The combination of your wolf ring, and "Lady," tattoo reminded me of the show/books! If you're not familiar, there is a wolf named Lady. Aaannyway, done nerding out :).

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  16. I'm forever pulling skirts down because of my bag, always good to know these things happen to other people! The dress as a top thing is great, I do it all the time. Saves a lot of dresses from being put to the back of a cupboard and forgotten about.

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  17. That bird dress/top is adorable! I want! Oh, and I'm stealing your tights. Because I'm broke. You're ok with that, right?

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  18. I love making dresses into shirts, or if a dress is strapless, turning that baby into a skirt! It just opens up so many more outfit combinations!

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  19. I have the same dress only from h&m. It's so nice to see you wearing a skirt over it, it has been hanging in my closet unworn for a while because I thought it was too short, so thank you for this idea :)!

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  20. the bird shirt is just... wow (an awesome wow.) and omg, i *love* that color combo together. LOVE.

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  21. I own this same dress and the same thing has happened to me several times. Thank you for the great idea to pair it with a bright skirt! :)

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  22. That bird print is too sweet! I like the little bird that looks scared with the other one flying towards it... or maybe that is just my overactive imagination? xx Melanie

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  23. That bird shirt/dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love it paired with blue & yellow (my current favourite colour combination). Layering things over or under a little too short dresses is one of my favourite tricks. Since I really favour tunic length tops, too-short dresses subsitute well!

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  24. Oh we are all guilty of the purse butt, at least nobody reached up and pulled your skirt down for you like people have done to me!

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  25. Teehee that happened to me once too. Only, I was lucky enough to be wearing bright pink shorts-underwear, so it wasn't too bad. Haha!
    I always wondered why people never tell others when something like this happens. I've never had the opportunity, but if someone was unintentionally exposing something or had some other embarrassing wardrobe malfunction I would tell them. It's better they blush for 5 seconds than to walk around embarrassing themselves right?

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  26. the colours, the colours! beautiful

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  27. This is one of THE BEST outfits ever - on the entire internet!!!

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  28. I've had that happen to me with my purse/dress as well, more than once. It usually happens when I'm wearing a dress and tights without a slip. So embarrassing.

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  29. very cute, I love the color of that skirt and the contrast with your tights...very cute :)

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  30. THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS TO ME, no matter what bag I'm using it always pulls my skirts and dresses up. So then I'm constantly tugging them back down. I hate walking around in dresses because of it!

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  31. I have the same dress! I got mine at H&M and NYC on my birthday :) Lookin' lovely as always!

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  32. Is this the same dress? I'm buying this, since it's only $10 :D
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130690395879?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

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  33. Hey! I have the same problems with dresses, but even those that are good lengths... I still wanna wear them out though, so only wear them with leggings :) x

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  34. Lovely <3 I heart the color mix of the tights and the skirt, omg!
    Too bad we don't get cool tights here in my cityyyy :c

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