You all know that I like to try to wear cute outfits, and that I don’t like to spend  a lot of money on any one thing.  This post is about the process of trial and error.

I have been shopping enough to know what to try on and what not to try on when I go to a store, but I have learned this from trying on many styles and sizes. Lots of trial and LOTS of error. If you are still in the “learning what looks good on your body,” stage you need to try on lots of things until you realize that some things make you look and feel great. Those are the things you need to buy. Do NOT buy something just because it is on sale. (I myself have never done this HAHAHAHA).

Also, through the use of trial and error, I have learned that some things that do not look good by themselves can be helped by adding accessories, or in my case “camoflauge.”

Often I will try on a dress that I know will not be particularly flattering, knowing that I can “fix it up” at home. Most times I am able to come up with a decent look, but if not, then I return it.

Here is a dress that I bought on sale for $6.00.  It is reversible, so it was like getting two dresses for $6.00!

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Now some people just might wear this dress, and be fine with it, but I am much too vain for that, so I went to work to see what I could do to make it look better.  I started with a navy sweater to hide my midsection:

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Better, but still not there yet.

After this I added a belt:

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With this look, I felt like I was on the right track.  I did not have the necklace or bracelets with me that I wanted to add, but you get the idea. Here is the before and after:

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Same person, same day, same dress, but in my opinion, the second look is a huge improvement.

So…when you shop, keep an open mind, and experiment a little when you get home. You may have different “figure issues” that need to be addressed, or you may have a perfect shape.  Either way, accessories and styling can make a plain dress look like an outfit.

See you soon!

Today I am linking up with Tania on Wednesday’s Wardrobe.


7 thoughts on “TRIAL AND ERROR”

  1. Hi Susan,
    I have 2 questions for you. 1. What does the other side of your dress look like? (you said it is reversible), and 2. Where did you get a dress for $6.00? I like the way you added the cardigan and belt.

    1. Hi Debra,
      Thank you! The other side looks very similar. It is the darker pink pattern at the bottom of the dress.
      We have a store in town called Rugged Wearhouse, and they usually have a good selection of very inexpensive clothing. Many times they will have batches of clothes from other retailers such as Dress Barn or Ann Taylor Loft.

  2. One question, I love sleeves on a dress or top but in the summer it is very hot. Do you wear your sweaters all summer too?

  3. I do, but I am mostly indoors. I would have to choose something else to wear for an outdoor event. Lightweight sweaters are usually fine if you are in any kind of air-conditioned space.

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