Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Petite Fashion Challenge #19: Ombre Crochet Maxi Dress

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Pitaya ombre pastel crochet tank maxi dress // H&M nude long tank top (underneath) //
Target pink beanie (gift from Dad) // Aldo nude pumps // Rue 21 wide woven belt //
Genius Outfitters dainty gold skull necklace (from Hawaii) //
Bracelets: Poshlocket Celeste gold and silver (c/o), Forever 21 pearl // 
Rings: green amethyst - Oklahoma medieval fair, silver statement - Erin Wasson Low Luv (thanks Suzy), turquoise cluster - gift //
Island Girl Hawaii neon yellow nail polish in Aloha Color //

Photography: Cassandra Morecroft King

Congrats! You made it to the great reveal of Petite Fashion Challenge #19: what did I have cooking for you guys? I call this look, THE MAXIMALIST. So as any of you may have guessed, I took my Trend Benders challenge too the extreme and went all-out. First off, maxi dresses are always a challenge for us petites. Tripping over your hem all day long, pulling down the entire dress with it, tattering the bottoms, sound familiar? The whole idea of maxi dresses is to let loose and take in all the chill vibe that comes associated with the slanky silhouette and length. On top of this comes another trend - ombre (and pastels while we're at it). Ombre is really cool - I have always been inspired by watercolours since I was young and avidly painting at every opportunity. The pretty purple and blue alternating drew my attention. Summer friendly crochet material? This shifts this dress all the way into the impractical-trend-why-did-I-buy-this zone, unless you have something handy to wear underneath (I went with a long nude tank top and black shorts). Leave it to me to have 4 trends or so in one piece going on.
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Thanks to everyone who participated in PFC #19! It's been a pleasure to host and I can't wait to join the fun and creativity on many more to come. Here is the list of participants and their Trend Bending outfits. Please add yourself - you have until the end of September!
1. Click the “Click here to enter” button to add to the list.
2. In the “Link it to:” field, please provide the url of the specific post.
3. In the “Caption or Title:” field, please write the title of your blog (ie. Pandaphilia).
4. In the “Thumbnail field:” select pull from Web and follow the instructions to select your image.

So how did I acquire this dress? After the first few days of med school, I wanted a breather and ventured along the bustling street that lines Ohio State campus and there is my old boutique friend, Pitaya, inviting me in. I go in, frown at the prices like I usually do, and head for the sale section. Still too pricey. Then there's this huge bin full of heavily discounted pieces because of stains, tears, broken zippers, what have you. Like from Mary Poppins' carpet bag, I pull out this ombre crochet maxi tank dress and find it fun. After trying it on and noting the giant hole in the side, I think - this would be fun to wear to the beach. Oh ... except now I'm landlocked again. Deliberations about practicality aside, I finally decided with a slip underneath and some sewing skills I can patch this baby up and negotiated it down to $10. Not bad, eh?
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Now to make it bend for me. Going off of the chillax SoCal 'tude, I threw on a beanie for a hint of the urban grunge, albeit the fact that it's in baby pink. Threw on a nude longggg tank top and some heels/Chucks. I took this outfit out for a spin on a grey Saturday to sell some of my clothes at a consignment shop (Rag-o-Rama on High) and I think it gave me brownie points with the hipster workers, who said I should get a job there. If only I weren't in med school, right? Bonus of being a style blogger: you can suggest what cute outfits can be made from your clothes and they're more likely to take them (they wanted nearly all of my clothing but I only sold $20 worth and kept the rest. Many pieces are worth more than $4 to me!). The rest of the night was spent at the mall with Cassandra, shopping for summer work-friendly clothes and enjoying girl time.
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Unknown September 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM   said...

Thanks for hosting Angie! You look so tall in this dress. Love the colors and it fits you very well. Your pictures are so crystal clear...love it! :)

SewPetiteGal September 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM   said...

4 trends? Very impressive! Love this look on you and the photos - my favorite part is how the beanie makes it look so Cali girl :)

And ooh, linkytools - I like! Thanks for hosting this challenge! I had fun with it even though I wasn't very adventurous.

Shamelessly Overdressed September 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM   said...

Thanks so much again for hosting, Angie...I had fun! Just posted mine, too.

Great to see a fellow petite rocking a maxi dress with confidence...you look great! :)

Love, S


Nikki September 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM   said...

love the ombre + crochet combo! :D

ahoymichelle September 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM   said...

OHHHH. I am loving that dress!

Cathy September 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM   said...

The dress looks so good on you!!


KT of KTRstyle.com September 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM   said...

Angie!!! Love your ombre maxi dress, it's so unique!! I also love the pastel summer colors....this is a definitely a dress that can be worn over and over! Completely forgot but I linked back to your blog! Thanks for the reminder hun!


Kerry September 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM   said...

Oh, I love LOVE love me a maxi dress! And then it's ombre to boot! Amazing! I love your accessories and your neon nails! Thanks again for hosting! xoxo Kerry

Cynthia September 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM   said...

Love the colours on your dress, though I think it would work without the belt, too!

phiphis blog September 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM   said...

what a great look angie! i love the neon nails too - seriously SO fun!

thank you for hosting this challenge. it was a great one and made me think outside the box for sure.

xox P

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KRISTY September 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM   said...

That's a pretty awesome dress! The ombre looks very ethereal! And you look so tall in that dress, it's definitely a keeper ;)


SS September 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM   said...

Thanks for hosting PFC!

That outfit is so lovely. Very fun too.

MrsBitchface September 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM   said...

im totally in th your hat and rings... accesories are all in!!! of course the maxi dress is perfect!!\\xo

Megan September 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM   said...

LOVE this! That dress makes you look sooooo tall! I love all your poses too :) Thanks for hosting, Angie! :)

Anonymous September 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM   said...

You look so tall! Thanks for hosting this PFC, Angie. : )

Complacency Kills September 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM   said...

Your beanie looks super comfy and I'm suddenly wanting a crachet maxi! ;)

Complacency Kills 

The Dragonfruit September 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM   said...

Oh wow, that dress is GORGEOUS! You look simply amazing.
Love the lilac and light blue colors :)

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Kassidy September 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM   said...

Gosh you are just too fabulous <3

Unknown September 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM   said...

love your nails! and the dress also!


Carrie September 19, 2012 at 3:08 AM   said...

omg, i loooooove it! it looks sooooo pretty. the colors are really cute.

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Anonymous September 19, 2012 at 3:49 AM   said...

Love the look :) Great PFC challenge :)


Izzy September 19, 2012 at 6:46 AM   said...

aw thanks so much Angie for your comment! <333 it's funny that this is a petite challenge, you don't look too short in this maxi dress at all! you actually look pretty statuesque and tall in the first picture haha. the pastel colours of the crochet dress are amazing :)


Rebecca September 19, 2012 at 9:35 AM   said...

Love the dress! The colors are really lovely!


Angie September 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM   said...

haha Angie whenever you comment on my blog and I reply it looks like I'm talking to myself.
Anyway, thanks for reminding me! Hopefully I'll be able to throw something together this weekend! I really want to participate, damn my lazy/forgetfulness.

Yours is amazing. Wow, you actually look really good in a maxi dress! I just turn short and dumpy haha. LOVE the colours, as well. All in: WELL DONE :D

x Angie || www.sundaybelle.com

Rebecca September 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM   said...

Wow glad to have found you thru KT's blog....love that glam maxi dress!!


PinkOrchids September 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM   said...

Angie you did a great job! I think your outfit is pretty awesome!!

Thank you for your comment, ha! Law is pretty much as hard as medicine, but I think medicine could be a tiny bit harder! So I admire you for doing it! Plus, if anything goes wrong, us lawyers lose money, but you guys lose lives- kudo's to you all!

How many years of studies do you do? Bachelors over here are 3years, if it's the same in the Us, that means you do 7years?! My bf did 6 years of med school, but most people get away with 5years. Yes, all medics look forward to hands on stuff, and it is so exciting! All the stories I hear makes me rethink about my career! But then I remember that I can't stand blood, when i see a wound i feel really sick, so I'd be a pretty rubbish doctor!

Taking blood is a skill and congrats on being able to do it! I hear even some registrars and consultants find it difficult at times. It's just when I hear my bf talking about it, Twilight comes to mind...!

Anonymous September 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM   said...

You look awful. Like a bag lady. Like a poor man's Olsen twin wannabe. Only worse. A lot worse.

Angie | Pandaphilia.com September 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM   said...

No thanks for the non-constructive criticism. I appreciate descriptive pointers on how I can improve. Hope you feel pretty inside when you spew stuff like this!

lisacng September 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM   said...

I love the 4 trends in one. Great job!

C September 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM   said...

A fifth trend to add is the high-lo look with the tank underneath the crochet. I've seen that in a lot of places (ASOS comes to mind). Great job, Angie! And thank you so much for hosting!

Closet Fashionista September 19, 2012 at 8:14 PM   said...

I'm loving your accessories, they are so cool, especially the turquoise ring :)

Lily Fang September 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM   said...

You look so lovely! Love the crochet dress and reading your blog! Followed via bloglovin as well, hope you can too!

Melissa September 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM   said...

wow, I really love that crochet dress. it's so gorgeous! great look.

<3 Melissa

Zoe_Deluge September 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM   said...

wow what an awesome dress! it really suits you!

<3 zoe ( ´∀`)

Anonymous September 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM   said...

Constructive criticism: Make sure your dress does not have a massive tear in the seam on the left side of your body. Try to feature shoes that are not scuffed up like your right shoe at the toe box. Don't do a zoom in on your hands when your nail polish is half flaked off. Do something about your fried hair.

Anonymous September 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM   said...

Fine knitted dress with transitions of color and your heels very beautiful
With love ♥ ♥ ♥ Lenusik ♥ ♥ ♥

Carina Adam September 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM   said...

I love the colors of the dress :)


Unknown September 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM   said...

Now thats a perfect summer dress!! You look so tall while everyone is cautioning that maxis ca cut your length! But if you do it right it makes you look tall. Thanks for hosting!

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