Last year, I bought some party dresses from The Reformation. I got my wedding dress, my pre-wedding photoshoot outfit and this party dress for my friend’s wedding in Madrid.
I don’t go to formal events that often, so having this dress sitting in the back of the closet made no sense to me when it was so easy to repurpose it into a maxi skirt.
Besides, this was one of those dresses that I bought because they looked amazing online, but I didn’t think about the implications of having what was basically a flap of fabric covering my entire torso. This dress was not forgiving, not something you want to wear if you want to get “Spring Break wasted” at your bestie’s wedding lol.
The Repurposing Project: Turning a Wedding Dress into a Maxi Skirt
Full credits to my mother-in-law for turning my dress into a maxi skirt!
I styled it three different ways and I picked the last one as my Sunday outfit around Manizales:
Style it with a cropped topped, pretty flip flops and a hat
I love this outfit because it’s got a lot of sustainable credentials. Obviously, the skirt is from The Reformation. The crop top was a gift from Enchanted Rebels, it is made from organic cotton and in a Fairwear factory in India.
The hat is a traditional Ecuadorian Panama Hat that I won at a giveaway! Sadly, the e-commerce shop that stocked them doesn’t exist anymore, but I did a bit of research and found out that the makers of the hats are still around! The hat was made by Y PRYMAL (now GVITERI) in Ecuador and hand embroidered in Africa by artisans from Indego Africa.
Style with a t-shirt
Tuck in a black shirt and wear a statement necklace
I paired it with my favorite tote bag which I got at the Thyssen museum in Madrid (I have a weakness for Museum Shops as you can see) and headed out for a nice afternoon of coffee and books.
After the trials and errors of dating, I knew I could not marry someone who didn’t understand that I need time to read. I am known to put life on hold if that means I get to finish my book. So instead of being accused of marital negligence, I found another bookworm who understands that reading is a way of life! We have a happy ritual where we go to a coffee shop, sit in absolute silence, order our drinks and read. Our favorite place to do this is La Suiza coffee shop because they have a nice terrace, good coffee and desserts. And no crappy bossa nova covers playing in the background...
The book I am reading is something I found at the airport in Bogota and I like reading it in public because the title is awkward: Shit and Love.
It’s actually an enjoyable read, I’m still in the first part and I am waiting on the part that the relationship falls apart and somehow, he becomes a transsexual woman (I am not ruining the book, this is how the story begins!)
It was too hot for chocolate or coffee, so I had a mocha drink with a bit of brandy and Chantilly cream. Yummm!
I am surprised that I ended up liking this skirt so much, I had been fancying maxi skirts and maxi dresses for a while but never got around buying one because I didn't think it would fit me...but finding a new life to my dress was the perfect excuse to try it out!