Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Pins and Needles

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Blouse - H&M, Dress - Pins and Needles at Urban Outfitters (apt name!)

I've owned this dress for a while now, and I can honestly say it's the most painful item of clothing I've ever bought! Forget too high heels and squashed toes - for some reason the zip at the side of this dress rubs really badly and I just can't stand it! At the weekend I decided I really must try and find a way to wear it, as it's been sitting in my cupboard unworn for ages. After briefly considering my sewing options (really not viable!) I went for a more simple approach of adding a blouse underneath.

I managed to wear it all day on Friday completely pain free, which was the first time since I've bought it! I think it looks quite nice too, if a little bit Little-House-on-the-Prairie!

Have you ever bought anything you've regretted when you got it home, and did you manage to rescue it or was it destined for ebay?

32 comments:

Lulu B said...

This is such a cute dress and it fits you so well! Love it, very chic and 50's looking xx :o)

Raquel said...

This dress is gorgeous, I'm happy you found a (lovely) way to wear it, it would be a shame to have it stored in the cupboard. Usually that kind of thing only happens me with shoes, I think it never happened with clothes.

dinoprincesschar said...

oh yes i have plenty of shoes which are a little painful but i put up with them, much to the dismay of my feet i'm sure!
also i have a beautiful vintage dress which has boning which cuts into me ;( but i still sonmetimes think it's a goood idea to wear it @S
i love the collar on this dress.

ellieand said...

Oh damn, it's horrible when this happens, for me it is usually shoes, i always struggle to find the right fit! Thank god for blousey innovation! x

Katiecakes said...

Ack, I hate when dresses do that! One of my faves from zara has a really rough seam where the bodice attaches to the skirt, so painful you have to wear a long top under it.

Saying that, I absolutely love how you styled this outfit. Looks so beautiful on you.

Katie xox

Susie said...

I don't think it looks house on the prairie at all! I think it looks very Zooey the way that you styled it! I hate it when clothes you like are painful like that--I have a pair of jeans that kind of are, but I have a feeling in my case that it's because they're a smidge too tight--haha! :/

Jo said...

Oh yes I certainly do! I have a sailor-esque playsuit, and the zip at the back keeps jamming! I have replaced the zip twice but it keeps happening! I'm thinking of converting it into buttons! I'll definitely need a lot of luck!

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Chloe Likes To Talk said...

Hate it when this happens. I had a skirt that did the same thing to my back, and in the end I re-hemmed around the zip to cover it completely.

Love the dress and how you're wearing it, looks fabulous and pleased you found a way to rescue it.

Leia said...

Well, I'm glad you managed to rescue the dress, Harriet, because you look lovely in it! I'm very fortunate that it's easy (and cheap) to find tailors here, so I normally get items altered until they fit better/are less painful to wear. I would try to get the zip replaced or have it changed into buttons or hooks, if possible! But your solution of adding a blouse underneath works so well, too :)

Leia

Winnie said...

Love that dress and the blouse underneath looks really perfect. I hate it when I have clothes that annoy me like that, usually it's just an itchy label which I cut out with relish! Have you thought about sewing a bit of fabric inside to act as a soft layer between the zip and your skin?

Jasmin said...

oh it's such a shame it's painful as it looks so pretty on! although i'm definitely loving the blouse under as a alternative! x

Peg said...

That colour looks so nice with your skin tone and the combo of the dress and blouse looks very Mad Men. I have the same problems with dresses and shoes, its a nightmare.

Sometimes with scratching zips, I stitch a lil bit of padding either side of the zip to lift it off the skin.

Every time I wear shoes that have not been completely worn in I get really bad blisters.

Peg x

Lauren said...

Great call on the blouse! The combo looks absolutely gorgeous. You seem to have a really swell closet! x

Krissy (Shimmer Like Gold) said...

Glad you were able to find a way to make it work for you. It would have been a shame, even though it was uncomfortable to wear, to let this gem go. I'm sure I've had a few things like this in the past, but none are coming to mind right now. Usually it's just shoes that seem to work against me!

daisychain said...

that dress is gorgeous, I love the colour!

Sophie said...

Glad you were able to find a way to wear it, its too pretty just to be sitting in a warddrobe! Love the colour of it!
Sophie
x

Hannah said...

Such a pretty dress so I'm glad you've found a pain free way of wearing it. I have a few shoes that hurt but that's to be expected. As far as clothing, I get really irritated by labels, I then get mad and rip them out which normally leaves a hole, kinda annoying!!!


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Sophie - Country girl said...

such a gorgeous dress, well done for persevering and finding a way of wearing it. the blouse works really well. Love the colour and cut of the dress, you look fab.
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gee said...

i have a couple of dresses that do that to me.
it is so flipping annoying.
BUT, it looks really beautiful on you. the blouse you picked to wear with it is so lovely. :)
have a wonderful rest of the week love..
xoox

Sherin said...

Wearing it with a top underneath was a good idea. It looks really nice on you and the colour is fantastic.

xStroutx said...

Great outfit! I think the blouse works really well with the dress

Kate said...

I remember this dress! I was wondering when you were going to bust it out again. Sorry it's been giving you grief, but I like the way you've got around it - looks very swish!

Maison du Visage said...

Oh dear, scratchy zippers are the worst. I love what you did here, and I'm glad you can salvage this great dress!

Maison du Visage said...

Oh dear, scratchy zippers are the worst. I love what you did here, and I'm glad you can salvage this fabtastic dress!

SabinePsynopsis said...

It would be a shame if you didn't were the dress because it looks really lovely on you, Harriet - the blouse sounds like a good solution. I've got a knack for buying incredibly uncomfortable shoes which I then try to soften with wet newspaper (mostly without much luck). xo

Maria said...

I really like this outfit ! I hate when clothes rub, mine is a Primark lacey top which is so versatile but it really rubs at the back on one side...so annoying! I'm glad you managed to find a solution but Winnie's idea is a good one :)

Maria xxx

Victoria said...

That dress is so pretty and I love how you've styled it with the blouse.

I've had a similar problem before and I just put a plaster over the zip :) xxx

My Hideaway said...

I'm glad you found a way to wear it comfortably because this dress is so cute on you! I love the color, and I think the blouse looks nice underneath actually.

Ellinor Forje said...

I love the cut and the colour of the dress. You were born to wear it. Thanks for sharing the photos and drop by me too, soon.

Cheers.

PinkBow said...

i think it suits the blouse perfectly. i have a dress that rubs from the zip too, i hate it when that happens.

MJ said...

How does it rub? Could you just stick a plaster on it or cover it with ribbon held on with Wonderweb?

Tess said...

I'm in love with this dress, the colour is gorgeous! It works so well with the blouse you put underneath it! x