Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PFC #19: Trend Benders (w/ Sheath Dress DIY)

 This month's PFC (Petite Fashion Challenge) is being hosted by the lovely blogger / medical student Angie of Pandaphilia.

The Challenge: Trend Benders
Pick your favourite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it's going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation. For example - how would you bend this neon brights trend into something in sync with your personal style? Challenge yourself - you might even take something you think would never work on you and get creative!

For this challenge, I decided to go with Burgundy (which seemed to photograph red but is a deeper, darker shade in real life) and Leopard.  When burgundy hit the mags as fall's "it" color, I was a little puzzled on how to mix it with non-neutral items.  So what did I do?  I went for a work-appropriate look and made a burgundy sheath dress (inspired by the stylish P of Phiphis' Blog) paired with leopard (inspired by Ping's awesome burgundy incorporation post) & neutral accessories.

DIY Sheath Dress w/ Draped Neck
Ollio Leopard Peep Toe Wedges (buy here)

A better view of the draped neck and accessories:
Arty Inspired Bracelet (eBay)
Fossil Watch (old)
J. Crew Crystal Stripe Link Bracelet (old)
LOFT Rhinestone Bracelets (old)

What are your favorite fall trends and how are you mixing them into your wardrobe?

Past PFC Entries:

32 comments:

  1. i like it! simple and classy like wine with a pop of leopard. the little draping is elegant. well done!

    remember to link up on my post :) you get to enter your blog info and crop your thumbnail too.

    pandaphilia style

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  2. That's a very elegant burgundy dress!

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  3. I love burgundy! My mom used to be obsessed with this colour and I think I have that obsession ingrained in me as well. Pairing it with a bit of leopard heightens your outfit just a little bit more. Love it!

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  4. Amazing job on that neckline! Did you use a pattern or did you drape it yourself?

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  5. What a gorgeous color. I think it looks really flattering on you and love the drape detail. Great job on this challenge:)

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  6. Absolutely love the dress! Have you ever thought of pairing it with a silver belt??

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  7. another burgundy!! how can you guys look so amazing in this color?!?! ugh, i need to be a little more asian, hehe

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    1. Seriously rolling on the floor laughing!!!

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  8. you look amazing in it S - and your dress looks way better than the BR version. the draping is done perfectly.

    LOL @amber! :P

    xox P

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  9. Love your dress! Another great DIY piece SPG. Really beautiful neckline!

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  10. Burgundy and leopard are AMAZING together and I had never thought to pair the two. I know what I'm going to try this Fall now! :) Great outfit, SPG!

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  11. OOoo another DIY! So talented!!
    Great look SPG

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  12. This is a Beautiful color on you. The drape collar adds class to the outfit,. Nicely done!

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  13. So classy and stylish! Leopard shoes are my go to accessories to add pop to an outfit.

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  14. The shape of the dress is gorgeous. Love it paired with leopard. :)

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  15. I have the H&M Burgundy dress too! I may pair it with my leopard shoes as well. Great ideas just keep going!

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  16. I love your dress and the neckline is my fav!

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  17. Awww thank you for the link. The dress looks beautiful on you! You can make anything! I'm surprise you still go out and shop. Wished I could make my own clothes.

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  18. Great dress, love the neckline and the colour!

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  19. love that red dress!!! so beautiful!!! xxx

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  20. Wow, such a simple yet super elegant look! Burgundy is definitely the trend for Fall that I've never worn before but want to incorporate into my wardrobe. I recently bought a burgundy skirt, but also want a dress and a sweater. It's such a lovely colour, and really looks fabulous on you. I LOVE it paired with leopard.

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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  21. oh wow spg. i didn't know you were working on this one. this drapes beautifully. just the perfect conservative draping for a sheath. it's almost like a drapey boat neck.

    what more can i say? love the fit (cuz you made it to yourself!). still, not an easy task always. love the arm holes, love the length, color photographs well. Another A+. to be expected.

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  22. Very classy! Love your accessories!

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  23. Oh my gosh! How long did the dress take you to make?
    Very classy.. I love it! :)

    Love, S

    http://shamelesslyoverdressed.blogspot.com

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  24. If burgundy is the IT color this fall, burgundy with leopard has got to be the IT pairing. I adore this combo. Great job, S!

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  25. Oh wow. Your DIY burgundy dress looks way better than the banana republic sheath dress. http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=70019&vid=3&pid=917379 I would definitely buy your over the banana republic. The dress looks amazing on you. Another fantastic job.

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  26. This burgundy dress looks perfect on you! Very flattering especially with the slight cowl neckline and nipped in waistline.

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  27. What a classy combination, SPG! I have to second Cee by saying that you took the IT colors for the season and turned them into a very wearable, very approachable ensemble. I could never wear this to work (a lab has its perks but it doesn't allow room for skirts or shorts >:( ) but other ladies surely will find excellent inspiration in this. This could also be a nice date outfit because the draping in the neck is just the kind of elegant a nice restaurant requires :)

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  28. This is such a beautiful dress. It's so classy and elegant. Love it. You did a great job!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  29. Beautiful dress and I love your shoes :)

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  30. What a beautiful sheath dress with the slight cowl neck! WHOA! And very cool to pair with animal prints!!! Consider burgundy the "neutral". Ha!

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