Prevailing Pink: Dress to Skirt Refashion

The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail. – Christian Dior

A couple of years ago I decided that I needed to inject more color into my wardrobe. A few colors were conspicuously missing, one of them was pink.Christian Dior had a lot to say about color, dresses and fashion … like the quote above. I was given a cute color block dress that incorporated two of the three “prevailing” colors: Pink (a lot of it) and gray. It also features some black which doesn’t have to prevail apparently as a timeless color.

The dress was adorable, but I found I wasn’t wearing it much, opting instead for slightly longer dresses or ones with straps that didn’t feel like they needed pulled up constantly and would make me feel more comfortable overall. Like with anything in my closet that sits unworn for long periods of time, I considered if I want to eliminate it from my wardrobe or simply change it.

This dress had fantastic pockets. A rare find in female fashions. I determined that I would change it into a skirt in a few very minor adjustments. Continue reading

(Too) Little Blue Dress Refashion

Here’s a little shopping advice, never buy a dress without trying it on first… even if it is only $2.

I picked up this blue dress and was dismayed that it was too tight and too short.

I loved the color and I like the texture, just not the fit. Continue reading

Getting the Maximum Use from a Maxi Dress {Refashion}

One of my top three blog posts of all time is What to Wear to a Graduation. In that post I not only shed some light on what I consider to be appropriate attire for graduation ceremonies, I debuted the first maxi dress I bought.

People have said that short women can’t wear maxi dresses. I personally think that’s untrue. I have grown my maxi dress collection since then and have been happy to see these dresses hang around trend wise. Speaking of hanging around… that’s what my first maxi dress was doing. Just hanging it in the closet. I wore it a handful of times, but it seemed too busy or too formal for most of the time. Continue reading

Fun Stuff: Tweets, Fashion and Diabetes

I have some exciting things going that I want to share with you.

First, I’ve joined the Diabetes Mine Twitter feed, tweeting on their behalf a few hours each week. I’m really excited about this gig because it combines Twitter (which I love) and connecting within the diabetes community (which I also love). And Amy and Mike have been fantastic to work with! (Diabetes Mine Recently moved over to Healthline, you can read more about the team here.)

Photo by Allison Carey at The Plain Dealer

Second, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Allison at the Cleveland Plain Dealer to show off some refashions, talk about my personal style and chat about living with diabetes. The interview and photo shoot were a ton of fun and the story got posted yesterday afternoon.

Here are the refashions that were featured in my photo shoot:

My medical ID bracelets and PumpPeelz got shout outs as well. (Don’t forget, 20% off PumpPeelz orders with code: probablyrachel is only good until January 31!)

How would you describe your personal style?

Lovely Lavender Dress Refashion

I picked up a few jersey knit dresses to wear in the summer, I got one in black, one in green and one in lavender. I found that I would pull the black or green dresses out of the closet over the lavender one. Every time.

Green dress not shown

Eh

I like the other ones when I’m wearing them, but not this one. Maybe it’s the lighter color? Anyway, this one has been in the refashion pile for awhile.

Since I’m apparently not a fan of sleeves (Exhibit A. Exhibit B.), I removed the sleeves.

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do with the dress so I put it on Sally and surveyed the situation to see if it’d be possible. Continue reading