Category: Dresses

FashionDIY: Make a Peplum Top Out of Your Old Dress!

There are a variety of reasons you may want to revamp that old dress of yours; you’re getting tired of it, you want a new look, or the dress is actually torn or stained along the bottom. This method is really quite easy, and peplums are so hot right now you’ll be on-trend in no time!
1. Start with a dress that has a fitted or elastic natural waistline*.
*Your natural waistline is usually the narrowest part of the abdomen, a few inches above the hips.

2. Spread the skirt and make a rounded cut about 7″-10″ below the waistline. 
3. Finish the hems by using the straight stitch on your sewing machine OR create an invisible, hand-stitched hem using the following slip-stitch.
Creating a slip stitch: (in general you will want to hem the lining separately.)
A. Iron or pin the hemline flat about 1/2″ on the inside of the garment.
B. Use a single thread that matches the color of your garment. Sew up and down evenly as shown below, making sure not to gather the fabric. Your long stitches will be on the underside of the garment, leaving tiny (nearly invisible) stitches on the outside!

Now all you have to think about is how you’re going to style your new top!

FashionModel Pick of the Week: Utterly Irresistible Strapless Ivory Dress

Here at we love to let you in behind-the-scenes. This week I decided to talk to our lovely model, Alyssa, to find out her favorite new item. Naturally, Alyssa picked the Utterly Irresistible Strapless Dress. Besides the fact that the lace design is flattering and not over-the-top, Alyssa loves the snug fit and the strapless silhouette. Lookin’ good Alyssa!

FashionFashion Votebook: Brights vs. Neutrals

In the second episode of Fashion Votebook, we’re pairing bright saturated colors against calm neutrals.

YOU decide the winners!
City Girls
Vivienne Westwood Battles Thakoon

Vintage Shirt Dresses
Relaxed Urban Street Style

School Girls
Backstage Versace vs. Backstage Chloe

Head to Toe
So who wins?
Brights or Neutrals?

FashionTrend Alert: Tempting Tail Hems

Feeling a little playful with your hemlines? Tail hems are the best option if you want to experiment with the hemlines of your skirts and dresses. A tail hem is when a dress is actually slightly longer in the back, also known as a high low hem. This length does not have to be drastic; it can actually be very subtle and allow one to wear a short dress or skirt if they are usually self-conscious about revealing too much of their back end.

Etro spring summer 2011  Mary Katrantzou spring summer 2011  Topshop Unique spring summer 2011

This is an awesome way to spice up your spring fashion wardrobe with a new cut. One side of the garment suggests lengthy elegance, while the other allows one to be a little risqué. This makes it utterly impossible to ever get bored with this adorable trend!

Here are some perfect little numbers that will keep you on par with this transpiring trend:

What do you think about tail hems?

FashionValentine’s Day 3 Ways: The Nonconformist

Welcome to the third and final day of our Valentine’s Day 3 ways! We have already talked about The Sweetheart and The Vixen,  two beauties in their own rights. Today we will be examining the Valentine’s Day style of a girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, The Nonconformist. Marked by a style that is all her own, The Nonconformist expresses herself through what she wears and is a trend setter, not a follower. Is everyone wearing pink on Valentine’s Day? Precisely why our innovating friend will wear black with clever accents of pink. This girl is a free thinker and a dreamer with a passion for doing things “her way”. Often the painter, the creative writer, the musician,the  stylist, the traveler or the business owner, these trail blazers set their own pace in both fashion and their careers. These bohemian beauties may have a better half but they are perfectly content spending the evening on their own or with good friends.

 Above we have our own true life, Nonconformist model, Mogen, wearing some perfect examples of  an unorthodox take on Valentine’s Day style (funny enough she actually owns two-thirds of this outfit!). Still managing to be the star of the show with out wearing a girly getup in all pink, she has chosen the Midnight Mystery Black Dress. The daring, lace, high neck adds the perfect touch to a simple black dress. Anchoring the dress without being too delicate are a fierce platform heel, the Miss Me Perch 12 Bow Heels. I love that these have an ankle bootie style and the bow adds the finishing touch. Almost in an attempt at irony, The Nonconformist will reach for a pink or red accessory and the Eliza Doolittle Pink Purse is the perfect pick! If this style is you at all, take a look below for more indiviualistic picks.

I love the versatility in both of these dresses. On the left we have one of Lulus fans all time favorites, the Bat Your Lashes One Shoulder Dress  in black. This cute and short little black dress can be worn so many ways and I love the styling shown here with white thigh highs and long wavy hair! This dress will come in handy so many nights and on Valentine’s Day you won’t look like you tried too hard, which is essential for The Nonconformist! On the right we have one of my favorite new dresses, the Alternative Apparel Eco Black Maxi Dress. Maxi dresses are so hot right now and for good reason. It takes the right person to pull them off and The Nonconformist is the perfect girl for the job. Add a great pair of platforms or combat boots, and your favorite long sweater, and you are set for the night. Keep the maxi bohemian style with lots of jewelry and you will own this look!

The Nonconformist will only pick up a pair of shoes that have something special about them. Case in point, the Jeffrey Campbell Glitter Foxy Platforms. Loaded with enough silver glitter to make your own disco ball these shoes add a new meaning to the term “dancin’ feet”! If you are feeling a more low key vibe reach for a pair of Mixx Cody 02 Black Ankle Booties. The lacy crochet inset adds the perfect touch of girly-girl in an unconventional way!

For that little touch of irony add the Love Sensor Red Heart Purse. The cute faux ostrich and chain strap details give it a classic yet unexpected twist for the holiday. For a little warmth and color add the Spanish Dancer Floral Black Scarf. Throw this on over your dress to keep it casual and not too serious!

I hope you enjoyed our three part series on dressing up this Valentine’s Day! Whether you are The Sweetheart, The Vixen, The Nonconformist or your own breed entirely, make sure to stay cute this year with Lulus. Have a great Valentine’s Day!