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LAYERING A RED MIDI DRESS WITH RUFFLED SLEEVES FOR SPRING

Good evening lovelies! I've got a couple outfit proposals to share we you. The 'star' of this post is a red midi dress with statement sleeves  I bought last summer. I typically don't do impulse buys, but when I tried on this dress I knew it had to be mine. Have you ever heard of that rule that you shouldn't buy an item if you can't think of at least five ways to wear it? Well, that's a great rule but I decided this dress was worth the buy even if it wasn't the most versatile item. However, now it seems I can think of a five ways to wear it.  Where there is a will there is a way. When I tried this dress on again, I realized that I'll be able to layer it for spring. It needn't be only a summer dress.

1. WITH A VINTAGE HAND PAINTED BLAZER
Romantic soul that I am, I simply can't resist a dress that has ruffles. This one has statement sleeves with both ruffles and tassels. It is precisely because of its ruffled statement sleeves that I doubted that I will be able to layer this dress and thus make most of it. However, recently I tried it on and I realized that the statement sleeves don't get into the way of my vintage blazer. I even like the tassels that are peaking through. I wouldn't be able to wear this dress with a regular blazer, but with an oversize one, it looks really good. You can't even tell there are massive ruffled sleeves hiding under. 



HOW TO PAINT A HEART PATTERN WITH TEXTILE PAINTS?

 I love the vintage cut of this beige blazer but to make it even more awesome, I opted for a DIY project. Yes, some time ago I personalized this beige blazer by painting hearts on it. I love the combo of beige and red, it's always so eye-catching. I think that the hearts fit this blazer quite well. This was a pretty easy DIY project. Painting hearts with textile paints is a walk in a park, especially if you handled textile paints before.  If you're looking for some textile paints DIY project inspiration, feel free to check out my previous posts here,  herehereherehere here here here here and  here.


2. WITH A VINTAGE SKIRT (A PART OF A MATCHING SET)
One of my favourite ways for layering dresses is by wearing a skirt over them. That way I get to turn dresses into tops and blouses. I think that's probably the reason why I don't have many tops. I typically wear dresses under my skirts, especially vintage ones. I think this creates a clean silhouette and it stops me from worrying about underskirts and slits. I do like how this red dress looks layered under this vintage floral skirt. 
A MATCHING FLORAL VINTAGE SET
A VINTAGE FLORAL TOP WORN WITH A SKIRT


I just love two piece sets, they're super practical and versatile. We can wear them on their own, and we can pair them together. This skirt is a a part of a floral vintage two set, a matching skirt and short sleeved blouse. I love wearing these two items both individually and together. Floral sets are amazing. One of the most fashion forward ways to wear them is by matching them with other patterns. Nothing beats a bit of pattern mixing. 

ANOTHER SUMMER DRESS I LAYERED WITH THIS VINTAGE FLORAL SKIRT


3. WITH A DIY PAINTED CLUTCH

Once it gets warmer you can wear this dress on its own. Just pair it with a pair of tights and heels and you should be all set to go. A nice clutch might be all you need to turn this dress into a night out look. Scroll down to see how I wore this dress for spring but also how I styled it last summer.


HOW I STYLED THIS DRESS LAST SUMMER
DIY HAND PAINTED BAG

That would be all! Thank you for reading & visiting this little place of my own. I probably won't be able to post tomorrow, that is why I published a bonus post tonight (well, it's around 1 am so technically it is tomorrow, but you know what I mean). xoxo


Comments

  1. I love your hand painted blazer and handbag! What a fun way to jazz up a piece of clothing! These looks are all beautiful. The blouse with the tassels is so unique!

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  2. This is such a great post all the outfits you created looks beautiful.The red floral dress is so colorful too.

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  3. You always do so well with the DIY projects! I love all the outfits you created with your dress, especially the dress with the skirt.

    xo, Maria
    https://www.miamiamine.com/

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  4. Thanks a lot :D

    amazing tips, my dear. loved it

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  5. I seriously need and will adopt that rule every time I want to buy something. I tend to impulse shop without thinking and most times don't wear it and end up selling it on ebay. I love the DIY on the blazer and handbag. That is such a fabulous and unique way to revamp and give new life to a vintage piece.

    Sxx
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  6. I like the 5 ways rule! I usually ask myself if I can wear something 2 different ways immediately after buying it to ensure that I'm only buying pieces that will work in my wardrobe and get worn right away! 5 ways is even better! :)

    It's a pretty dress on you too, every way you've worn it!

    Hope your week is going well so far :) It's a crazy busy week here!

    Away From The Blue

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  7. Wow, this dress is gorgeous on it's own, but I also love it with your DIY blazer. Fabulous! You have the perfect body for it. Such a great idea to wear a skirt over a dress! I will have to try that asap.

    xo Tamara Chloé

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    1. Thank you Tamara. Skirt over a dress is an easy way to refresg our outfits.

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    Cute fashion inspirations Ivana! I love how you hand painted some of the pieces!

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  9. The dress is pretty gorgeous ans I like the way you style
    I like the blazer it suits so well

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  10. I agree, dear Ivana, this dress is really versatile and I love your outfit suggestions. I'm impressed that you are wearing it even as a shirt with the wonderful vintage skirt - I really should try out something similar. In the end this dress proofed really as a good spontanious buy!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  11. Sei molto creativa Ivana, mi piacciono tutti I look che hai creato e anche il blazer!
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  12. Red really suits you. I like your fabric painting, I've done it before it's really simple to do and so effective.
    What a good idea to wear a skirt over the top of the dress, eliminating the need for a slip! x

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    1. yes, it is a very simple DIY that can be quite effective.

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  13. Odlične ideje! Sviđa mi se ovo bojanje srca po sakou. :)

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  14. That dress is absolutely beautiful and you look gorgeous in it!
    Love these outfits, especially that with vintage floral skirt, but all are perfect!

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  15. I just love how you make your dress is so versatile Ivana!! I think it really goes to show how they can work in so many ways than just so usual!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  16. That red dress is a total statement maker on it's own and your styling ideas really build upon it's chicness and versatility. I especially love how you paired it with that vintage floral skirt. I always forget that I can also wear my dress as a separate if I style it that way. You look great in red btw!

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  17. Wow my first thought was how much I like this blazer as it's so unique! I can't believe you DIY it! what a fabulous job girl! xx

    MUCH LOVE,
    ELEGANT DUCHESS XX
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  18. Sei incredibilmente chic e poi così creativa, bellissimo il blazer dipinto!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  19. What a pretty dress, and it did turn out to be super versatile! I'm the same way about shopping--I need to make sure I have multiple ways to wear it before I buy!

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  20. Estás estupenda! Feliz fin de semana! 🌼🌼🌼

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  21. His looks are very stylish.
    I loved this red dress.

    Dany
    Blog Breshopping da Dany

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  22. Wow! Are you creative or what! We are fashion sisters with our beige!

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  23. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this DIY!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  24. Hello Ivana
    When I first saw your blazer, I did not realize that you do the artistic work, awesome! In fact these sleeves are hard to match, wearing the dress with a skirt over it was something that never crossed my mind !! I love the tassel of the sleeves and you look wonderful with the black tights, you look beautiful in all the looks, my dear.


    xoxo

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    1. thank you Marisa. I'm happy to hear you like my artistic work. :)

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  25. You look so lovely in these scarlet red outfits! Red is a colour I don't wear very often, but a colour I'm very keen to start wearing more of :) hope you're having a lovely weekend so far!

    aglassofice.com x

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  26. Thanks a lot :D

    have a nice day, my friend

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  27. An impulse buy now and again should be allowed, no? Especially if it concerns a stunner of a dress like this one. I do think this is a timeless piece. What an amazing idea to wear it with that floral skirt. I'm partial to vintage skirt and blouse sets, and this one really set my heart racing! And how fabulous is that hand painted blazer! xxx

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  28. Great post.
    xx
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  29. Ooooh I LOVE the sleeves on your dress! They're gorgeous

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. The sleeves are a lot of fun.

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  30. Your ideas are so great!!
    I would love to try painting and layering, too<3
    Thank you for sharing, Ivana!

    akiko
    www.akikohiramatsu.com

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  31. I Loved the red midi dress with painted balzer. I loved the hand painted bag too.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I think the dress is stunning! It's true that sometimes we like an item so much that we find ways to wear it even if it did not appear versatile at first. I love all the creative ways you styled your dress and I especially liked the illustration you made of yourself wearing it. So so pretty.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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  33. il vestito rosso mi piace tantissimo

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  34. Beautiful dress Ivana, love your Blazer it is stunning!


    xoxo
    Lovely
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  35. You always do so well with the DIY, Loved the pursues.. Loved the blazers, its so amazing looks like the one from a designer. A vintage floral top with a skirt, it looks so good and so classy..I always follow five ways rule.....
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    1. thank you Priya. Following the five ways rule makes sense, doesn't it?

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  36. Such a fabulous dress, Ivana, and I love all the ways you styled it! What a brilliant idea to wear a skirt over a dress and I love the hand painted blazer!
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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    1. Thank you so much. Hand painting this blazer was a lot of fun.

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  37. That red dress is beautiful! It really is a versatile piece with all the different ways you styled it. I love how it looks with the skirt layered overtop. And the hand painted items are lovely! That's a great way to put your own personal touch on something.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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    1. thank you Kara. It does look totally different with the skirt, doesn't it?

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