What would I do without my tailor?

Dress like your Great Aunt Helga? Wander around in a wedding dress from the sixties like some scorned bride?


Honestly, I’d be lost. Or at least I wouldn’t be buying so many vintage pieces and having them made over.


Like this dress. Which was gorgeous, just not my style. A few snips here, a little sewing there, and it’s parfait for everyday.


Wore it with my gold and ruby earrings from Istanbul. (Confession: I bought them as a gift for my sister and then promptly stole them back. Please tell me I’m not the only one to de-gift like that.)


And my leather lace-ups. Which begs the question: what would I do without my favourite boots? I shudder at the thought.

P.S. What would you do if you won a bottle of Marc Jacobs BANG?

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  • Reply Alison November 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    What a great transformation! I’m glad to see that the button-rows made the cut! Looks lovely.

  • Reply Kastles November 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    yay! The after is beautiful :) Love the boots! I always do things like that, buy something for someone else but then I end up keeping it :)
    <3 Kastles

  • Reply Melissa November 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Ooooh, I love how it turned out! I think I need to steal your tailor haha.


  • Reply janettaylor November 18, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Wonderful outfit! I luv a lot!


  • Reply camille November 18, 2010 at 5:14 am

    That’s a great “after”! Wow!

  • Reply Couture Carrie November 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Gorgeous look, darling!
    Love those earrings!


  • Reply KRISTI November 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, great job on the re-do. Love the boots. Where from?

  • Reply lisa November 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Another cute altered vintage frock for the collection! You have a great eye for the potential of a piece, Kelsey.

  • Reply Bubbs November 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Fabulous alterations! Love how you paired it with the scarf (great detail!) and the lace-ups…(where are the lace ups from? I wonder what I’m doing withOUT them in my life! haha!)



  • Reply Meg November 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I absolutely love that dress!

  • Reply Chelsea November 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Great choice in altering the dress! Looks fab on you now!


  • Reply Tales From a Bar Stool November 19, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Will you please come vintage shopping with me and custom make clothes pour moi ? ;)
    Your transformations always look amazing

  • Reply hauteworld November 19, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful dress – I love what you had done to it and the button detailing is gorgeous, as is the color. Love the earrings too – I think I spent too much time inhaling spices when I was in Istanbul to fully pay attention to the jewelry stores. Shame on me…

  • Reply Cafe Fashionista November 19, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Ah, this is just such a stunning ensemble, Kelsey. I truly am in awe. Also, where did you get those boots? J’adore!! :)

  • Reply Annie @ uranium November 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Stunning! I love the transformation. Vraiment parfait, bravo! :)

  • Reply Bionica November 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    omg lol
    a lot of people keep a few gifts here and there lol
    the dress looks beautiful
    and cute boots!!!!


  • Reply MizzJ November 22, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Your tailor is awesome! The color is very “parfait” as you put it and looks great with those brown boots.

  • Reply theloveleighest November 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I degift all the time! As horrible as it sounds, when I got back from Morocco I had a suitcase full of jewellry to give away to friends and family and I’m ashamed to say I kept 95% of it…
    The dress looks lovely!

  • Reply quelle November 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    i love the colours in this outfit! and those boots are gorgeous.

  • Reply solara jean May 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    gorgeous & i love the scarf especially! i’m glad to see your fabulousness… i’ve recently begun visiting your fair city and love it, but am underwhelmed by the street fashion (or lack thereof… but i notice with spring things look up a bit, maybe thats fashion season?)

    i’m loving the blog. i’m not really a blog person either.


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