One Floral Dress, Two Looks!

August 28, 2014

At an impulsive thrift store stop on the way home from work, I found this pretty floral dress for $3!

Not only was it a steal, but I also thought of two ways to wear it right now and a way to wear it into fall!

Here I’m wearing it as a dress …

Dress – Vintage Blue (thrifted)
Shoes – Madden Girl
Belt – Perry Ellis
Bracelets – Tilly’s & a vintage cuff
Purse – ? (thrifted) 

For teaching today, I went for look #2.  Here I’m wearing the dress as a vest!
Jeans – Gap Always Skinny
Shoes – Michael Shannon
Tank – Ann Taylor Loft
(same purse, dress, and jewelry)

I had planned to wear the dress all open, but I decided it was cute buttoned at the very top.  What do you think?

I think I could wear this dress in the fall with tights, riding boots, and a denim jacket!

Gee, that’s a lot of ideas for three bucks!

I have a decent wardrobe budget and certainly could (and have!) spent so much more, but there’s something so fun about a $3 impulse purchase with so many possibilities!

Do you enjoy a thrift store adventure or are you more of a Nordy’s girl?  I’m totally both!

Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply garaytreasures August 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Cute dress, and I would say that is a steal. Even in goodwills you can't find a dress for $3 anymore. Rachel xo

    • Reply dawnlucy August 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Right? It's a little local thrift store for a local charity and such great prices!

  • Reply Mabel and Zora August 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    How versatile! We love how you created several different looks for the same piece!!

    mabel and zora

    • Reply dawnlucy August 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Mabel & Zora!

  • Reply Gracey the Giant August 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Great find! I love the color and the print and it's so versatile. I love both looks.

    As for me, I love my thrifting more than anything, but I can find some things at Nordies too!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 28, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      I bet we'd have fun thrifting together, Gracey!

  • Reply Monica P August 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Ok, that's just brilliant .. really! I would never have thought to wear a sleeveless dress as a vest .. 🙂


    • Reply dawnlucy August 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Haha … you're so sweet! Thanks so much, dear!

  • Reply August 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Love it!!! So cute!! And what a steal too!! Awesome job!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for the inspiration, dear!

  • Reply Alexandra Stella August 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I like the idea of keeping it closed at the top. So unusual.

    Well, you've been over to visit a couple of times, you know I adore a good thrift find. I definitely shop in higher priced stores as well, alas usually during the sales period.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • Reply dawnlucy August 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Yeah, I'm a mix and match girl too … high end, low end, and everywhere in between!

  • Reply The Real Arnolds August 29, 2014 at 2:58 am

    You are so creative! I would have never thought to style the dress over jeans the way you did. Maybe I need to rethink my closet! I can't believe it was only $3. Great find.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Aww, thanks so much, Amy Ann!

  • Reply Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos August 28, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Well, $3 is most certainly a steal! It's adorable and will be great for fall!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 28, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Cheaper than my Starbucks this morning! 😉

  • Reply Monika Faulkner August 29, 2014 at 2:09 am

    You have a thrift store that's on your route home from work, dearest Dawn?? That must be deadly (or heavenly…depending on your perspective, ha ha!!) I can't believe that you found this maroon floral wonder for only three bucks!! It looks lovely on you as a dress – of course! – but the way you styled it as a vest is a real "Wow!!" And yes, yes, yes to buttoning just the top like you did!! XOXO

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Glad you like it buttoned up, Hon! It looks cute just open too, but I thought buttoned up gave it an interesting look! Haha … the store is not quite RIGHT on the way home, but …. close enough for an impromptu shopping spree now and then! 😉

  • Reply Lynn Tran August 29, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Wow, my friend, I truly love your floral dress. You totally nailed it. You are such an amazing shopper. That was such a great deal on that beautiful dress. I love both them both ways though. Keep more styles coming dear.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      You're the sweetest, dear friend!


  • Reply Robyn August 29, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Wow! I love how you changed this floral dress into a kimono-like look! I would have never thought to do that. Super cute! I love the rich colors of the floral dress too!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I kinda thought "kimono" too! Thanks, Dear!

  • Reply Mica T August 29, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Such a cute dress, and great bargain! 🙂 You're sure to get lots of wear from it in the cooler weather too!

    I don't have much luck in thrift stores – but ever now and then will score a great find 🙂 Sales sections are where I buy most things 🙂

    Away From The Blue

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Sale sections are great too! I love when J. Crew has 50% sales! Plus I get a teacher discount on top of that! 😉

  • Reply Whitney August 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Your second outfit is so creative! I would NEVER have thought to do that. Bravo!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Whitney!

  • Reply Trina August 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Brilliant idea of transforming this dress into a vest, LOVE IT! I enjoy seeing it worn as a dress and you totally rocked it, but the outfit you put together as a vest is just splendid.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Aww, thanks so much, Trina! Means a lot coming from you!

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins August 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Now these two version are so great and so cleaver of you. They both look FAB on you! Thanks for wanting to see me today. That warmed my heart.

    Fashion item Friday would not be the same without you, you know that right? Have a wonderful weekend and savor the moments ~ awh ~~

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Yes, let's enjoy every precious moment for this holiday weekend! I love being a part of FIF!

  • Reply Andrea InMamasWardrobe August 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    It looks amazing as a vest!! Such a fab idea! Thank you for joining Renae & I over at Fashion Item Friday! Ax

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Isn't Renae fabulous? Glad you were today's co-host! HAve a great weekend!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga August 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Dawn! I My way of thrifting is shopping Poshmark, as I cant stand long, and it seems you have to go through things Boy, I wish I could . This is an example of a fab find! Love the dress, the shape and the color. Burgundy is a hot color for fall too!! As always you look so lovely!
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess

    • Reply dawnlucy August 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      I wish we had Poshmark! I've always loved burgundy and I'm so happy to see it's hot this fall!

  • Reply fashionableover50 August 30, 2014 at 3:28 am

    What a bargain and how clever to style it as a shirt worn with jeans!

    ♥ carmen

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Thanks, Carmen!

  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood August 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I am a huge fan of shirt-dresses Dawn. Yours is so fun and sassy. Love that you quickly turned it into an open cardigan, layered cover-up – whatever you want to call it. You look mighty sexy on the first outfit though. Great job. As you know I am all about remixing my closet, any day and every day. =)

    Enjoy the holiday weekend!! Ada. =)

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Thanks so much, Ada! I love the way you remix your closet, Dear! OXOX

  • Reply Jen Lawrence August 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Quite the bargain! Great find.

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Thanks, Jen!

  • Reply Debbie Stinedurf August 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I love this!! Especially as a vest….genius!

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Thanks, dear Debbie!

  • Reply TRENDSURVIVOR August 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    WOW! The dress is so cute and burgundy is big this Fall! Congrats!
    x Nina
    PS. Have you entered my TrendSurvivor X Storm in a D cup $200 Gift Card GiveAway yet?

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks Nina! I'll have to check out that giveaway, Hon!

  • Reply Laura B August 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    What a great idea! I love both ways you've styled it. And what an amazing deal!

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks, Laura!

  • Reply Imogen August 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

    That's such a lovely colour and pattern.

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks, Dear. I'm a big fan of burgundy!

  • Reply Margaret Dallospedale August 31, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Wowwww you look awesome babe
    Love your style
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary Fashion Blog

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks, dear Maggie!

  • Reply Tina Bradley August 31, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Love it! I recently purchased a consigned RL dress that's similar in composition. You've inspired me to try the jeans and tank pairing with mine. 🙂 T.

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Ooo, can't wait to see your look!


  • Reply Bi Ti August 31, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I agree, I like how you wear it buttoned up at the top and with skinny jean! very nice! 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Thanks, Bi! OXOX

  • Reply GnomeLover September 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Such a steal! I love that dress. I loved it with the sandals, but I really like it as a vest, too. You are adorable. I like it buttoned at the top. Great idea. I want to rummage through my closet and try wearing a dress like that.


    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:27 am

      No, you are adorable! Thanks so much, sweet Jenni!

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins September 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    So cute! I love that you wore it open too! So pretty!

    <3 Shannon

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Thanks, Shannon!

  • Reply Cynthia Yang September 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    It's amazing how you were able to create two totally different looks with this one dress! Love them both. Perfect transition to fall piece. Hope you're having a good weekend. ~Cynthia

    • Reply dawnlucy September 2, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Thanks, Cynthia! Hope you had a great holiday weekend with the family!

  • Reply Lisa September 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Fantastic and versatile dress! I love the look over th jeans and wished I were longer and slimmer so that I could rock it like you! 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy September 6, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Aww, you're a doll, Lisa!

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