Wednesday, May 16, 2012

a dash of silk, or, why thrift a silk tie?

     I wore this last week to make a library run. What, you don't think running to the library to pick up your requested books is a special occasion? It is around here, especially when there's free time to read them ... :D
 Blue Plate dress, Ross
Andrade silk tie, thrifted 
Awkward pose #1017, c/o me

        Things I love about this dress: 1) it has wonderful memories attached to it, as I wore this for my storytelling presentation two semesters ago; 2) it's 100% cotton, which is perfect for this climate;  3) it's printed -- I love a bold print; and 4) it's comfortable.
       While unearthing my long-neglected craft project, I came across this tie. Sadly, the silk seems to be deteriorating, but I figure I can eke some use out of it as a belt. I think it would look best against a solid dress, but I don't own one of those. :\ So, I think this is a nice addition to my pattern-mixing explorations. Like a necklace, a tie worn as a belt is a nice way to add an understated dose of pattern fun to an outfit.
    Here are some other great ways to wear a tie as a belt ...

Doubled-up stripes and a pin? :) Beautiful.
Too bad wearing the tie-as-a-belt doesn't bestow the power to dance like Fred Astaire ...


Belted under a blazer - got to try this sometime!

Such a pretty, restrained use of color on a slouchily casual outfit.


  1. it's a great way to reuse an old belt, I already added the images to my pinterest! The dress looks pretty on you and a nice silk tie definitely adds an elegant touch.


  2. I love your dress :) The print is beautiful and that sash gives it that extra oomph :0)

  3. Thank you, Mongs. :) I think silk ties will be easy to thrift and the colors and patterns are fun. :)

  4. Thanks, Kat! I've always thought this dress was nice, but missing something. Amazing what a belt/sash can do. :)

  5. This is lovely!

  6. Love the tie as a belt! How creative and cute. Will definitely be trying :)

  7. flats to flip flopsMay 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    what a fab idea..I'm thinking I may need to incorporate into my outfit today.....

  8. Thanks, Ashley! Would love to see how you wear it. :)

  9. Thanks, Megan! With your thrifting skills, I'm sure you'll find some wonderful ties to experiment with. :)


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