DIY Animal Print Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Target (similar) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Two things you need to know about this dress:

1. It originally looked like this

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2. I turned it into more of a sheath dress by removing the elastic from the waist and gave it a higher neckline by wearing it backward.

Yes, this is about a DIY as I get. And why did I go to all that trouble? Because I wanted to recreate today’s Inspiration Monday look.


White jacket? Yep, I got that. Animal print sheath dress? Well, kind of. I never liked the original waistband of my dress all that much so this gave me the perfect excuse to see if I could alter it. And pairing it with this jacket gave me a new way to wear each item!

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

By the way, this is the last week of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and I’ll be participating today and tomorrow. Wednesday I’m planning on a review of the boots I ordered from Sole Society and then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

12 replies on “DIY Animal Print Dress

  1. Suburban Style Challenge

    I love your hair this length. It’s so Boarwalk Empire, and I adore it with your texture.

    Totally dig your DIY… removing the elastic and wearing it backwards. I’d NEVER have thought of that (especially not wearing it backwards!). Gotta try that sometime.

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Wow! I’m impressed! I’d be really hesitant to do anything that drastic to a piece of clothing (I consider taking an elastic band out to be drastic) in case it turned out awful, but I think this looks great without the band as well. I also like the idea of wearing it backwards (as long as there aren’t tags!).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Well, I was going to donate this dress anyway so if taking out the elastic ruined it, oh well.

      And there is a tag in the neck of the dress but it’s small and easily removed if I wanted so it’s not annoying.

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  4. kilax

    This summer I was at a party and my friend was saying how she was actually wearing her dress backward (because she liked the low back to be in the front, lol). I think that is such a clever idea!

  5. Katie

    What a great idea! It turned out awesome. This definitely makes me want to look at my old clothes in a new way.

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