Color Story

May 6, 2012

I was playing around with some ideas recently and created this look out of a tie-dye shirt Joey no longer wears and a thrifted dress.  After adding a thrifted scarf and a beautiful strip of handwoven material that Lynx gave to me on my birthday, I think I’ve got something to keep in my  “grab ‘n go” arsenal of outfits. I especially love the colors. I can envision wearing this to an event in the park with a great hat when I feel like being flowy and bohemian, which is how I usually feel!

The shirt is very long and oversized, even for Joey.  After closing the first few buttons, I pulled the bottom corners of the shirt to the back and fastened them together at the waist with a safety pin.  This created a nice fishtail shape.  I secured it with a sash and added the woven strip to give it a little more interest. Click on the pictures for more detail.

I’m looking forward to trying this with different kinds of shirts, and perhaps with trousers next time.  I love baggy pants and this might be a great way to style them, since the back view is usually pretty awful.  (There was some discussion of this at Style Montreal Sud-Est when Ariane showcased a gorgeous pair in orange.)

I’d love to see what you come up with if you try it!

Have a great rest of the weekend.  I’ll be starting my week off right with Patti and Monday Mingle.  See you there!





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24 Responses to Color Story

  1. Veshoevius on May 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    What a lovely floaty outfit – I love those colours especially that shade of purple.

  2. Terri on May 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    The colors in this are gorgeous–I love the touch of green with all the purple.

  3. Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys on May 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Lilac is such a beautiful colour, although I seldom wear it. Still, it reminds me of spring!

  4. Kim,USA on May 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    These dress is gorgeous and I love the color too.

    Kim, USA

  5. Kristin on May 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Such a beautiful color palette!

  6. Melanie on May 7, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I wish everyone had such an exciting “grab’n’go” selection of pieces. This is a remarkable pairing and upcycle. It brings to mind a hat you had showcased in an earlier post, it’s so organic and flowy and twisting. Let’s see you IN this next!

  7. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle on May 7, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Lovely style and very creative. Also very much in sync with your type 1 personality!

  8. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on May 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I love what you did – this is so feminine and summery. Beautiful, Jean!

  9. Rose on May 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Ooooh! I DO love this! It will look incredible on you. Having said that, I don’t think many people could carry off such a look. But on you— dynamite! Thanks for the tip about making a fish tail simply by pinning the front ends of shirt behind you at the waist. I can see that working! Want to see photos of you wearing this!!

    Much love from your twin in England,

  10. Rachel {Rachel} on May 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Jean, this reminds me of a fairytale, taking place in the forest, and the princess wearing it is feeling slightly boho…

    “arsenal of outfits” is a crack up!

    Back view is in a different place now… has a different position in life… not awful at all really, just “different”. :-)


  11. Joni on May 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    My favorite colors! I can envision you in this with a wide brimmed hat too!

  12. Nicole Feliciano on May 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Couldn’t you see Jennifer Lopez in that! Love the drama. If you want to see my fashion post head to

  13. WendyB on May 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm


  14. ariane on May 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Jean!

    Thanks for the link- very nice of you!

    You are a genious! love this outfit – oversized t-hirts hey? hummm…
    I was reading other comments and yes too it reminds me of a fairytale princess …this must look great on you!

    Ariane xxx

  15. Vix on May 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Oh, I love it! I bet it looks even lovelier on your gorgeous self, show us, please! x

  16. Anne @ The Frump Factor on May 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Those fabrics are gorgeous. Lovely, lovely colors. Yes to the flowy Bohemian!

  17. Glamamom on May 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Fabulous that you can re-purpose clothing. Super original. Would love to see you wearing it!

  18. The Style Crone on May 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    The colors are so beautiful and vibrant, especially with the touch of green and blue to mix it up. It must be fun to watch you in action as you put you creations together! Looking forward to the hat that you choose to top off this riot of color.

  19. Jeannie on May 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    So creative and artsy!
    I’d love to see it on you! Please?!

  20. Rosalind on May 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Let me just echo all the other people above who have said that this ensemble definitely needs to be seen on you. I can just see you floating around a spring/summer garden in this.

  21. megan, the frugalista diaries on May 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I love how you put that together, it’s amazing.

  22. Sheila on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Jean, you’ve got to gives us some pic with you wearing this. I could see an outfit like this selling for mega bucks in a fancy little boutique!

  23. oomph. on May 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    i am loving the watercolor effect here…the purples are really pretty, as is the fishtail draping.

    thanks so much for your comment :)

  24. Gracey at Fashion for Giants on May 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This is wonderful. I love the colors and the drape-y effect is just amazing.

    Also, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting!


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