Friday, 30 October 2009

1 little black dress, 7 days in 7 ways

I recently found this blog called the uniform project which documents an exercise in sustainability where Sheena Matheiken had seven versions of the same black dress. One for each day of the week. She accessorised in different ways to create different outfits using vintage and handmade accessories. I decided to try this out myself not for a year but for just seven days, with the same dress which obviously I washed each time. I don't have many vintage and handmade accessories so used what I had in my wardrobe instead. The black dress I chose was one that I bought about a year ago in Oasis. Partly because it is, I think quite flattering and also as the short length lends itself to being worn with leggings and trousers giving it more outfit possibilities and versatility.

little black dress The black dress from Oasis

cosy winter look fashion Jeggings - Topshop
Boots - Whooga Boots
Cardigan - Jane Norman - a long time ago
Scarf - Dorothy Perkins

fashion blog pic Tights - Uttam
Shoes - ASOS
what I wore
Wood and string necklace and bangles - presents
Jeggings - Topshop
Shoes - Marks and Spencers

my uniform projectJacket - Second hand suit jacket - Next
Leggings/ jeggings - Topshop
Shoes - New Look
Necklace and bracelet - presents

Jaeger second hand jacket Jacket - Charity Shop - Jaeger
Chain necklace - New Look
Leggings and shoes as before

bleached jeans and leather jacketCropped leather jacket - Gestuz from ASOS
Necklace - French Connection
Jeans - DIY refashioned with bleach

footless tights
Top / jacket thing - Next
Chain Necklace - New Look
Footless tights - bought in error (I thought they were normal tights) from Uttam.
Shoes - M & S

I thought this would be easy peasy but it is actually quite hard and by day seven I was really starting to get bored with my little black dress. After day three, I struggled to think of what to wear with the dress and really had to stretch my imagination beyond my usual uniform. But I also learnt something very important, I don't have nearly enough beautiful, stylish and unusual hand crafted accessories. It made me think a bit rather than resorting to the usual safe options. It also made me reconsider the importance of buying 1 lovely black dress and accessorising in many different ways. Something that I have always tried to do to a certain extent, until I spot that must have floral statement dress or something else completely whimsical.

and yes I can confirm the cat did not move for the whole 7 days!

1 comment:

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