Hearts & Safari & Jungle Cats

dress- Target, heart tights- Urban Outfitters, locket- Forever 21, frye boots- c/o Shop Bop, scarf (as a belt)- Target (old), Michael Kors watch- c/o Shop Bop, bracelet- c/o FJB

What do you do when the moss-green utility shirtdress you spy at Target is just a teensy bit long on your short frame? Why, pin it up of course!

My dress lasted all day and night pinned up, and it was an absolute cinch to pull off.

Simply take any dress that’s too long for you (and you don’t have the time/patience/money/talent to hem it at the moment), and turn it inside-out. Lay it flat on the floor, and have a bunch of small safety pins handy. Fold over the hem (so the hem is facing the neck of the dress) at the desired length, then start pinning. When attaching the pin to the desired level, pinch off only the bare minimum needed for a secure fasten – otherwise you’ll have metal showing through on the other side (and we don’t want that)!

Emma. Silly cat of mine.

The dress actually comes with a tie-belt of the same color/material, but I wasn’t having that. Gotta liven it up with a little color and pattern, I say! This is absolutely one of my favorite and most-used scarves ever. I tie it on handbags, wear it as a headband, or wear it looped through my jeans’ belt loops. Scarves are incredibly versatile.

I spotted these heart tights at my local UO a few weeks ago and have been itching to wear them. Rather than go overboard with an ensemble of romantic sweetness, for their first outing I decided to use them to lightly sweeten up my utility-chic look I had going on.

P.S. I still love these boots. I really do. So comfy.

Photos by moi. Cameo by Emma.


  1. says

    Ooh, I'm guessing you are style-challeng-ing it up this week too? Very cute, love the dress, and those boots are fantastic!

    • says

      actually, just a total coincidence! i submitted it to jessica after you gave me the heads-up, though. doubt she'll post it since it's like 24 hours past due! lol

  2. Jill says

    those tights are SO great!! i can see why you love the scarf so much its beautiful. what about one of Persona's (http://www.personaworld.com) charm bracelets to compliment the outfit?? i like the gold but i think a European charms would be nice too! xx Jill

  3. says

    Such a great dress! I've been searching for great olive or khaki shirt dresses, because they are just SO versatile! I'll have to look for this one at Tar-zhay ;)

  4. says

    Very clever "hemming", lady! This outfit looks great, I love the scarf in lieu of the belt that came with the dress– looks so chic. And, I'm drooling over that watch!

  5. says

    love the tights!! love how you added a little bit of girly flair with the heart shaped tights to the slightly more grungy-feel utility dress … ooo and i'm enjoying the slightly side sweeped bangs!!

    Awww Emma … how I miss her~~~ I still can't believe I've seen her since she was a teeny kitty =D

  6. says

    Hi!! I just discovered your blog, and I have to say that I love it… it has that mature touch that most of "what i wore today" blogs just dont have. I know this blog is more that that, but thats the general idea ;)

  7. says

    Love the technique for "hemming"…..I am a shorty and will definitely try that with a dress that I have (white eyelet sundress) that is way too long (past my knee)! THanks for the tip!

  8. says

    Hey, I love the way you pin it! Gave me some juicy ideas… I also like the combo of hard and soft items. You know, I'm also sporting army/safari inspired gear today. A green short romper…


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