Vintage DIY: Frumpy to Funky

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Friday, everyone! By now, the Mr. and I are enjoying our last full day in Bangkok, Thailand. While I'm out on vacation, here's another delicious guest post for you. I've always admired the amazing personal style of Kelsey from The Anthology and for today's Vintage DIY post, she shows us how to take something from "frumpy to funky." Watch!

Vintage DIY: Frumpy to Funky
Text and Photos by Kelsey of The Anthology

I’ve often thought the frumpier the vintage dress, the funkier its potential.
I see it as a challenge, of sorts.



Take this little ditty, which I bet looks just like the outfits your Great Aunt Ethel wore on Sundays.



Shorten the hem, undo a few buttons, wear it with boots that would make Ethel lose her lunch, et voila.



You’ve funked the frumpiness right out of the dress.

Thanks, Kelsey! Keep it simple-- that's my kind of DIY. :) Ladies and gentlemen, you need to visit her stylish blog right away if you haven't taken a peek yet: http://the-anthology.com.

**Readers: I have a week of vacation left in Thailand, but that doesn't mean the guest posts stop here. Check out the full schedule of guest posts on the left sidebar. Tomorrow, look for an inspired personal style post from the lovely Sterling Style. Happy weekend and thanks for reading!**

35 comments:

The Anthology said...

D! Thank you sosososo much for having me.

Hope you are having the most incredible time. Cannot wait to hear all about it when you're back.

Much love and thank you, thank you, thank you!

* Kelsey

nicole said...

Great DIY post! I love the simplicity of it. Less is more, right?

Kelsey does have great style. Hello shhbooties! (yes I've somehow given your shoes their own entity now haha)

jaassnnaa said...

i love the shoes!!!

Susan said...

this is so cool!
xoxo

Midtown Girl said...

Love this DIY!!!

The red blazer really give the dress some "pop" and those boots, well - TDF!! Love them!

And you darling D, seem to be having an amazing time on your trip. So happy to hear you are getting in some luscious treatments and at a STEAL too - lucky you chickie!!

XOXO

Dream Sequins said...

So so amazing. Kelsey-- you're so cute with those shhbooties :)

Thanks so much for your comments, guys :)

The Haute-Shopper said...

Ahh, Kelsey really does know how to spice up a vintage piece. I've always been jealous of her finds. But the hemming is such a great idea. Now all I need is to find the perfect dress to modify...

Hope you're having a great time by the way! I forgot to mention that you should try out the Thai street kitchens. I know some of them might look dodgy, but they're cheap, good and about as authentic as Thai food can get (just watch the spices). I even had mussels at one of them and was convinced I'd probably die of food poisoning, but I never had any problems!

DesBisoux said...

wow...very impressing! and i never i would say that but the open toes boots look amazing!

Couture Cookie said...

This is one of the best DIYs I've seen! Thank you!

beckyxoxo said...

aww what a great post ! i love to read the writing and see the photos :D have a nice weekend !

Eva Internazionale said...

Awesome. I want these boots in my closet too. :)

kpeach said...

this is so great-I love the images-very cinematic xx

Jaime said...

Great transformation :) I wouldn't think of taking the hem up on things...makes a huge difference!

missy. said...

i love those shoes! fantastic.

janettaylor said...

Love Ur shoes!

X♡X♡

Etrapar said...

I love it! and HAVE FUN darling ^.^
kisses

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love how she made over that dress. The result is fabulous. It makes me want that dress now!

Ocean drift... said...

I want to know how you did the hemming. I am not sure whether I own a needle even, so if we don't have a sewing machine, can we still do the hemming? It's hard to find dresses like these though, a lot more people are getting smarter and snatching them from the thrift stores. Blah!

I love the house. And D, am sorry for confusing her house with yours lol

Tights Lover said...

Great job with the dress! Looks good.

Retro Chick said...

That's great.

I always think those "frumpy dresses" have so much potential and sometimes people just can't see it.

Even just adding a different belt can make all the difference!

Kristin said...

Fabulous post! DYING over those gorg boots!

lisa said...

Ooh great DIY! It takes a good eye to see the potential in a thrifted dress and Kelsey has it.

I hope you're having a fantastic time in Thailand, Dream Sequins!

Ela said...

What a great guest post. Love this outfit and those boots are amazing!

Hope you're having a great vacation (duh, I'm sure you are), D!

Apt. #34 said...

Absolutely adore it! Particularly the shoes. I need to have you over to raid my closet!

Erin said...

i love kelsey's magical transformations!

Diana said...

Ok, I need this post! I love how much work is put into it!

la petite fashionista said...

hope you're having a fantastic trip! I LOVE this post. One of my favorite things to do is find hidden treasures in thrift stores and give them an updated look :)

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

OHHHHH loved the shoes, the blazer is amazing. Definitely checking her out ASAP!

Livie said...

kelsey darlin' you never look frumpy, rest assure! but love whatyou did to that dress.

D - hope you're having a blast in thailand. i have a special place in my heart for that country seeing that i lived there for nearly 3 years when i was a kid.

awesome guest posts!

Sher said...

I have a long dress that I just shortened. Hoping it doesn't look as frumpy. I may even go shorter ;)

Cafe Fashionista said...

You are a genius. A genius, a genius, a genius! I can't believe that short frock was once that frumpy vintage dress. Love the new look - as well as the way you styled it! :)

Denise @ Swelle said...

Now that's one way to obliterate the frump! Great job taking on a challenge! ♥

vitaMinn style said...

This is so clever! Love, love, love it! Wish I could do the same...

Erika said...

I thought the dress looked fine as it was. I am seeing way too many hemmed dresses lately. Hemming on vintage should be done very selectively. Right now short dresses are trendy but it won't be long before longer lengths are back in. Knee length is classic I would have left it alone.

The Anthology said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments, mes amis!

And thanks again for having me, D!

* kelsey

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