30 Outfits in a Bag: Crochet Dress + No-Sew Dress Shortening

June 19, 2014

Ann Taylor Bateau Lace Dress | Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pearl & Chain Necklace | Burberry Westland Sateen Trench | YSL Large Cabas Chyc | Zara Court Shoes (similar)
The simplest way to quickly shorten the length of a dress (in order to lend it versatility) is to belt the dress at your high waist, pull a section of fabric below the belt upward, and fold down the excess fabric to conceal the belt (visual aid below).

This handy trick will, however, not work well on dresses with a defined waist. I find that it works best with dresses made from double-knitted jersey fabrics or those constructed out of heavier materials.
Here are two crochet dress options to consider:
Tory Burch (also here, here, and here) | Jolie Moi
Ho to wear a crochet dress
Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview
Part II: Crossover Dress
Part III: Bow Top
Part IV: Navy Blazer

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  1. I'm loving this series! I'll have to try out this trick!

    Liz @ www.shoppingmycloset.com

  2. I really love this dress. It is similar to the DVF one I saw on Jean.

    1. Jean also owns this AT crochet dress's fraternal twin; here it is on her: http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/04/lookbook-spring-crochet-and-citrine.html

      But her closet is pretty droolworthy overall, it's a good thing she is discriminating otherwise I would be very poor (but fashionable!)

  3. AnonymousJune 19, 2014

    How did you do the tuck for the black top? I remember another blog showed how to belt a button up but how do you get a shirt to tuck in properly?

    1. Hi there,
      The black top is cropped (in length) so no tucking or readjusting was needed. It is possible to shorten a non-button up/down blouse but that requires a bit of knotting and tucking. I'll try to show that in a future post. :)

  4. Amazing! I have the v-neck version of this dress and did the denim jacket buttoned up over it yesterday too!

    1. woohoo outfit twins! This dress is definitely one of AT's best designs! :)

  5. This dress is gorgeous! Thanks for showing the different styling options, it really is a versatile piece!


  6. Oh, I love this look. It's so elegant. I always love how a lace shift dress feels like the perfect combination of dressy and effortless.

    I also especially love the surprising pairing of the lace dress with the white blazer. It would never have occurred to me but it's such a chic pairing!

    Thanks for doing this series :D It's giving me so many ideas for what to shop for!

  7. AnonymousJune 27, 2016

    i really liked how you styled this piece, but how did you wear tops over it (like the red frilled one) when there was no where to tuck the rest of the length into? did you fold it into the belt or...?

    1. I've been dying to figure this out too! I hope she responds soon :)


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