thrifted: lilac wrap dress

Just a little something I picked up at an op shop the other weekend. The sleeves are a bit too puffy and the length a bit frumpy, but the lilac colour was just too lovely to pass up. The little bow pattern also sealed the deal. All the photos I took ended up being kind of blurry and I didn’t realise until after I uploaded them onto the computer. I hate when that happens.

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  1. Pink Penguin March 9, 2011

    What a fabulous find!! I adore the colour and the bow pattern xxx

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  2. Miranda March 9, 2011

    The color and the print is so lovely!

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  3. Erin and Caroline March 9, 2011

    Beautiful find. You have such great luck! Or is it talent? =)

    -Erin (http://keepcalmandstyleon.blogspot.com)

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  4. Erin and Caroline March 9, 2011

    I totally agree with Erin! I think we need to steal some of your luck/talent the next time we go thrifting because that dress is so lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

    – Caroline (http://keepcalmandstyleon.blogspot.com)

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  5. fhen March 9, 2011

    omg the colour and prints are so adorable!
    i would love to have one!

    xoxo

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  6. liza March 9, 2011

    The colour is lovely, and the bow is adorable. You have an amazing knack for finding the best thifty things…

    xx

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  7. The Velvet Bow March 9, 2011

    This is so pretty, I actually love the sleeves! Maybe you will find that once you shorten it the sleeves won't seem so pronounced? Anyway, lovely dress.

    x

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  8. arnique March 9, 2011

    Beautiful. As for the frumpy hem, nothing a pair of scissors and some stitching can't fix? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  9. Lyndall March 9, 2011

    It's so pretty! I think it would make a nice high-waisted skirt (with that pretty big bow included) if you're handy at sewing things ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Francesca March 9, 2011

    You can totally get this altered to fit you better? ๐Ÿ™‚ The colour is so beautiful.

    http://opinionslave.blogspot.com

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  11. kit and nancy. March 9, 2011

    ummmmmmmmm…i'm in love…the colour, the bow. i know you may think it's puffy but it's beeeeeautiful!

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  12. Louder than Silence March 9, 2011

    So pretty, especially with the bow – are you going to alter it at all? Sally x

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  13. Jaharn March 9, 2011

    I really love the sleeves, great find! Sometimes it's nice to own something a little different…I think you'll learn to love the sleeves, especially when the weather starts to cool down slightly. When I come back to Brisbane for Christmas…you and I definitely need to have some thrifting adventures xo

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  14. Rachel March 9, 2011

    So cute! Glad you're taking a chance on it!

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  15. Merowyn March 9, 2011

    Lovely, lovely!!! I adore Lilac!! Why don't you hem it so it's not so long!! xox

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  16. Jessica March 9, 2011

    though it's a lil bit girly but i love it so much.
    the color is just perfect and i love the bow pattern!
    you'll be pretty in this dress.

    http://eclecticraccoon.blogspot.com/

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  17. amazing find! i know you're going into fall over there soon, I love pale purple with brown and gold for fall. SO jealous of this dress!!!

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  18. LUU H. March 9, 2011

    Girl, you know for sure how to thrift!

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  19. Stacy March 9, 2011

    Very pretty. You could always let that seam out on the sleeve and crop it a bit. That might help the puffiness.

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  20. Rachel March 9, 2011

    Wow – such a great find!

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  21. ching March 9, 2011

    the sheerness is lovely.

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  22. Mo Pie, Please March 9, 2011

    I absolutely LOVE the shade!!

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  23. gee March 9, 2011

    the color is so lovely!
    what a wonderful find. <3

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  24. Jasmin March 9, 2011

    oh my I'm so jealous! i've wanted a lilac dress for agesssss and haven't been able to find one! it's such a pretty colour, will look lovely in summer x

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  25. Lexie, Little Boat March 9, 2011

    aw, i dont know how different it looks on, but the sleeves don't really look frumpy! i tend to prefer a longer sleeve rather than a cap sleeve because i am self-conscious about my arms!

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  26. Lorelaiโ— March 9, 2011

    ohhh…so cute and romantic!love the color and of course the bow!spring is here so enjoy it!!

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  27. Blackswan March 9, 2011

    lovely shade of purple – go the bows! sounds like a potential "self-alteration job" ??

    youronlyblackswan.blogspot.com

    x Your Only Blackswan

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  28. sojourned in style March 10, 2011

    wonderful vintage. frumpy now but im sure you'll work your reconstructing skills that can change. the pattern is beautfiul and so is that bow!

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  29. 1940house March 10, 2011

    That is my most favourite colour. It is beautiful.

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  30. Thu March 10, 2011

    That is extremely stunning!
    Can't wait to see it on you!

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  31. josephine March 10, 2011

    I just want to reach out and touch the fabric because it looks so amazing. Oh and the lilac is the perfect colour for spring and summer. I envy you on such a lovely find.

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  32. Julie Iliana March 10, 2011

    I can't wait to see how you style this! because it's definitely beautiful; the fabric, pattern and bow!

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  33. Marinka March 10, 2011

    It's such a nice dress! I love the little print on it!

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  34. wikigirl March 10, 2011

    Adore this colour, I'm sure it's going to look lovely on you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. Aliquot and Amble March 10, 2011

    Adorable piece you picked up. I can't wait to see how you style it.

    And I totally feel your pain about the pictures – the screen on the camera always makes everything look deceivingly sharp and clear. ๐Ÿ™

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  36. soph (owl vs. dove) March 10, 2011

    @Erin and Caroline: definitely luck! I went in looking for something completely different (which I never found) and I ended up walking out with this dress!

    @TheVelvetBow: I definitely think it's a matter of proportion. I played around with lengths and it definitely looks better short than mid-calf. Here's hoping!

    @arnique: hopefully! Although there are some details which make shortening it a bit tricky, but I'll sort that out eventually. *fingers crossed*

    @Francesca: If I can't work out something myself then I definitely think I'll take it to a tailor. It's just too pretty to not wear!

    @Sally: I think so. Shortening it seems to be the go-er.

    @Jaharn: for sure! I think I'm just not used to wearing this kind of silhouette. Maybe if I force myself… haha

    @Kallie: brown and gold seem like excellent colour choices. Will have to keep that in mind!

    @Stacy: That's a great idea too! Little butterfly sleeves would look ace.

    @Lexi: I might have to do an outfit post with it on one day soon. Get a final verdict that way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. Marloes March 10, 2011

    What an utterly cute pattern + fabric + color! I really adore your new find! You tend to have an eye for these things I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  38. Marloes March 10, 2011

    What an utterly cute pattern + fabric + color! I really adore your new find! You tend to have an eye for these things I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  39. Jessi March 10, 2011

    oh it's cute! I love the colour

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  40. isabelle March 10, 2011

    as per usual, just love
    great pastel shade btw!

    drinkteabecontent.blogspot.com xo

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  41. vint junky March 10, 2011

    Waaaay to pretty to pass up! I'm glad you didn't. Love the little bow pattern
    x

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  42. Pop Champagne March 11, 2011

    That is a really pretty pattern and a really pretty color dress!

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  43. Maddie Claire Beau March 13, 2011

    what an adorable dress. loving the litle bows.

    http://littleblackbeau.blogspot.com/

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  44. Daydream Lily March 24, 2011

    Omg this dress is love!! You could take it up a bit. I like the sleeves a bit puffy.

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