When I finally got the notification that my Great Plains Cezanne dress, the dress Kate recently worn to Grimsby, I was ecstatic. The end of the day could not come fast enough! Despite my anxiety about whether I ordered the right size (I didn’t), whether the color looks the same online (it doesn’t), and what shoes I would wear (I picked the wrong ones at first), I was so thrilled to own a dress good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge. Instead of purchasing the Whisper Pink just like Kate, I ended up with Pine Needle, which I felt was more suited.
The color is not like it was online, it’s better. It has so much dimension. It’s blue, black, green and purple all in the same square inch. The dress is a very chic “middi” length, hitting just below my knees. And the fabric feels more expensive than polyester. Unfortunately, I did order about a size too big. It is hardly noticeable, but a size smaller may have been more flattering. As much as I liked the dress, once I took pictures and sent them out for opinions, I knew it just wasn’t right. Even if it was a style worthy of a duchess, it might not be a style for the Heiress.
But because this had come all the way from London, and it is Kate’s dress, I knew I had to fix it. Once I figured out what needed to be done, I was ready for action. While I had a plan, someone (WWKD’s very own Duchess) was less sure. But I knew I had a few tricks up my sleeve. I knew I could take frumpy to fantastic with a few easy tucks.
I really believe that all good girls know a few style secrets, and this is one of my favorites. I took a poorly fitted sack to a fabulously chic dress in about two minutes. It isn’t just the belt or the shoes, although those make a huge difference. The dress is a completely different outfit just by changing the sleeves. I was impressed with myself – I went from feeling like an old hag to looking like Jackie O.
Accessories really make a huge difference, and that is obvious here. Even though my oxblood pumps were a marvellous match, the dark colored chunky heels made the flowy dress even less shapely. Paired with nude heels and belt, my waist looks smaller and my legs look miles long.
While I may occasionally wear the dress Kate-style, I really love it Heiress-style.
The front of the dress needs some ironing, but the back has a cute knot-style detail, which could easily be disguised by a blanket of shiny locks. But this trick requires no needles, no thread. So what’s the secret? Hair ties. Yep, hair ties. Small, black, stretchy hair ties. So how do you do it yourself?
- Take your sleeve and fold it in half until it is the strap thickness you desire. If the fabric is too padded, use an iron to flatten it.
- Take your hair tie and press the two “sides” together, so you have two parallel elastic band.
- Take one ends of the tie and pull it through the other, to create a loop around the fabric
- Pull the tie tight and make sure the elastic bands are next to each other
- Loop the fabric tight again and pull tight to make sure it stays intact
- Tuck the extra hair tie underneath your new, shortened strap!
Not all Kate styles will work for you, but if you love it enough, you can make it work! I have used this trick to tighten halter tops, turn tanks into racerbacks, and, in my younger days, turn t-shirts into crop tops. What are your favorite fashionista tips and tricks?