Styling Outside of the Box with Gamiss & Link Up On the Edge #64

Have you ever spotted an article of clothing with an obnoxious almost ugly print and thought, “I HAVE to have that”? This is what happened to me when I saw this dress from Gamiss.

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Generally, anything with this color green catches my eye. But this strange scarf-like print in green, yellow, cream, and black sort of left me wondering: Is this dress fabulous or is it horrendous? Staying true to my own positive attitude, I decided that the dress was fabulous and that I must have it.

*Dress: Flare Sleeve Plus Size Print Dress ($24.55) c/o Gamiss.  Use code GamissXie10 to receive additional savings at check out!

Then the dress arrived. I tried it on with the matching tassel belt. And it was actually quite horrendous and unflattering. I stood staring in the mirror feeling defeated. I had a challenge on my hands and I decided to rise to the challenge. I would make this dress fabulous if it was the last thing I did in my closet that day!

*Boots and Hat: Target (From last year). Similar boots here. Similar hat here.

Sometimes, you have to think outside of the box to get an article of clothing to work for you. There are no rules that say you must wear a dress exactly as it is shown on the model or mannequin.  By changing up the accessories a little bit, you can create a silhouette that is more suited to your figure.  So I went to work trying different belts. Until I settled on my new Chico’s Reversible Obi Belt.  Much better.  Not only did this belt create the illusion that I actually have a waist, it also pulled the hemline up a few inches making the dress a much more flattering length.

*Belt: Reversible Obi Belt ($59.00) c/o Chico’s.

Then I took the matching tassel belt and used it as the strap on an old Coach crossbody bag. Over the knee boots were in order which suited the retro vibe of the dress. I added a black trench vest for an extra layer as the fabric of the dress is quite thin. A felt hat completed the look…perfect for a girl on the go!

*Vest: Cato Fashions (From a few years ago). Similar here.

Do you always wear your items of clothing exactly the way they are shown by the retailer? Or can you think outside the box and change it up so it works better for you?

I will be back next week with my normal thought-provoking topics!  There are lots of things brewing in this brain of mine, but it has been a crazy few weeks and I just have not had the chance to sit down uninterrupted and focus on writing.  Tomorrow, I am heading to Pennsylvania for NEPA BlogCon this weekend. I am so excited to learn some valuable blogging tips and share what I have learned over the past two years. Stay tuned…

And now your favorite posts from last week….

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living shared her post How I Wear Leopard Pants. It is just another fantastically amazing outfit created by Cheryl! I have yet to see her wear something that I don’t absolutely love and swoon over!

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living

Stefanie of The Style Safari shared her post Early Fall Style and Transitional Style Picks. All the little details in her outfit are spectacular. But the boots! The boots! You must check out her boots!

Stefanie of The Style Safari

And Sarah of Sew Sarah R shared her beautiful post 7 Things I’ve Learned About Friendships As An Adult. Meet Sarah’s best friend Doria in this post and check out Sarah’s favorite skin care line.

Sarah of Sew Sarah R and her best friend Doria

I hope you have enjoyed the link party and have discovered some other great blogs here!

Keeping it on the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

86 Responses

  1. I love this dress, scarf print and all! The way you styled it is perfect. I first thought it was cats, not scarves and I was about to go all crazy cat lady on it!

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  2. This is exactly what we should do more often, Shelbee!! Because so many times we can make things work, if we really want to!!
    And that belt with the dress is fabulous!!

    • Jodie, thank you so much! I agree with you completely. I think some people just need permission to go outside the box! And that’s what we are here fore, right? Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have the most wonderful weekend.


  3. The dress IS fabulous and I love the colour! xx

  4. Lisa Smith

    You were right. The dress is awesome! Looks great on you too!

  5. This dress is soo fun! I LOVE the color combo and the pattern! 🙂

    xo, Chloe //

  6. Yes, I have done that. Not just with clothes but other things too. Once I found a soup tureen shaped like a cabbage in an antique store and was sure I would die if I didn’t have it. It was truly so ugly! But as for your dress, I love it and think you styled it perfectly. Don’t you love a challenge? I look for them in the fashion world. Thanks so much for the shout out too! I hope you have an amazing weekend!

    • OMG, Cheryl! A soup tureen in the shape of a cabbage sounds so horribly wonderful to me, too! And the fact that you may have died without it is a sentiment that I can totally relate to! You are simply fabulous…a woman after my own heart! Thanks so much for stopping by, for inspiring us every week, and for always leaving the most wonderful comments! Have a magnificent weekend, my friend.


  7. See. . I love how you wear this dress and the sleeves are so on trend. The pattern on the fabric is rather cute and it looks great with or without the vest. Kudos!!

    • Neti, thank you so much! I didn’t even mention the sleeves in my post! I totally forgot. But aren’t they the cutest? Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Have a fabulous weekend.


  8. I LOVE that dress, the print has that 70’s vibe which is so cool. The hat and the boots are on point! I am loving that you switched out the belt, that Chico’s belt is so good, I need one like that. I’m not really a belt person but I am looking for a wide belt right now. Terrific dress on you Shelbee!

    • Kellyann, thank you so very, very much! The 70’s vibe definitely drew me on this dress, too, and I was totally picturing it from the start with tall brown boots. And yes, this belt is freaking amazing! I am finding it to be super versatile. It’s reversible so you can wear it as brown or black and it is leather so it is so soft, too. It is the perfect wide belt in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a magnificent weekend.

  9. FABULOUS! You were on a creative role with this look. From the hat to the belt to the boots, it all works together so well. I especially like the long vest. You’re styling ideas were brilliant. Thanks for sharing and for the link up.


    • Rena, thanks so much! I appreciate that very much! It does make me so happy when I am feeling stumped by a wardrobe piece and then I finally figure out what to do with it! Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend, my friend.


  10. I absolutely love your dress! I love the colours and pattern. It looks great how you’ve styled it with the belt, boots and hat. Great look Shelbee! XXX Sasha

    • Sasha, thank you so very much! This is one of those pieces that is really going to get mixed reviews, I think! So I do appreciate your kind words. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.


  11. I agree with you! The dress is fabulous! And you styled it perfectly! You look great!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great weekend!

  12. great style Shelbee. I love it, you wear a hat! ♥️
    XO Tina

  13. I love the hat and belt you added to this outfit!


  14. I like it!! I really like it!! I’m amazed at how well the dress fits in with the scenery too!! I’m calling that dress the NYS Foliage Frock!!! The boots!!! The boots!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Cathe, I love that name for my dress! It is perfectly suited! And yes, these boots, from Target of all places, are so fabulous and so comfortable. I have them in black as well and I wear both pairs quite frequently. Thanks so much for visiting today and for the wonderful comment. I hope you have the most fabulous weekend!


  15. You rock this print Shelbee! I adore the added hat and vest. Such a chic look and amazing styling!

    • Thanks so much, Kathrine! As ugly I thought the print was, I kind of figured it was pretty fabulous from a blogger point of view! I appreciate the compliment! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a marvelous weekend.


  16. Love this dress, it screams autumn and love how you’ve paired it. x Jacqui

  17. Loving the outfit shelbee. So pretty!!

  18. I love the colors in this dress, and it looks great on you! I love how you added the belt and vest. A perfect way to make it work!

  19. Such a bright and colorful dress! I like the bold print and colors. It was fun to see how just changing out and adding in different details made a big difference. I really like the hat and tall boots with it!

    • Jennie, thanks so much! The weird pattern just really caught my eye and the colors are fabulous! I appreciate your kind comment! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.


  20. I absolutely love your horrendous dress !!! I think the print rocks and you’ve worn it beautifully.

  21. Thanks for linkingup to Top of the World Style. Great print on the dress.

  22. I actually love this print! It’s so fun to find unique things. I admit that I’m not very good at thinking outside the box, which is why I love reading blogs to get ideas! You look lovely in this outfit! Have a great weekend!

    • Lana, thank you so much! I am glad that you can find inspiration and ideas from reading blogs. That is very validating for me! I do love unique things as well and when they catch my eye, I often must have them! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.


  23. Fabulous way to take horrendous and own it! I love the colors in the dress and I think the way you styled it was perfect. Great job! – Amy

  24. so cute Shelbee! I love those boots and your fall patterned dress! LOVE IT!

  25. Oh, this is super cute Shelbee! The colors are divine and I do love how you layered up with this outfit. Especially with the hat, and vest.

  26. Very nice. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  27. Hi Shelbee! That dress is not horrendous and goes perfectly with your fun style! Good decision to buy that 🙂
    Thanks for hosting..Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks so much, Paula! I am getting mixed reviews on the level of horrendous of this dress! Hahaha. I kind of love it so I appreciate that you find it suited to my style! Have a great weekend.


  28. Shelbee, I honestly love this print on you, and I’m so not a print person…at least on me! I think it looks great the way to you styled it, and the boots and hat just make the entire look. Of course, we can’t always wear something the way it’s marketed or worn by others. I think you alway have to make a look your own, and you did a great job!

    • Julie, thank you so very much for this thoughtful and kind comment! I agree with you totally that we have to create our own style and wear things the way we are comfortable. And with a little creativity, we can make anything work! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.


  29. That belt works so well with the dress! It looks amazing on you!

  30. I can totally see why you bought the dress, Shelbee. That print!!! It’s so much fun! And you styled it beautifully. I’d never have thought in a million years that you didn’t like the way it looked when you first tried it on. You look gorgeous <3
    Suzy xx &

    • Suzy, thank you so much! Oh, yeah, it was horrible when I first tried it on and used the matching belt. It looked like a shapeless muumuu of sorts. But once I cinched tight with the obi belt, I had a whole new look!


  31. Great styling with both the belt and the vest! And love that you used a tan hat and boot instead of black – it really lightens up the look and keeps it fresh.

    Elizabeth |

  32. Oh my gosh -love that look!!

  33. Oh yes, I’ve had a few of those myself but unlike you, Shelbee, they’re still in my “What on earth do I do with you?” pile. A pile which appears to be (scarily) expanding rather than dwindling HAHAHA I fear I am nowhere near as adventurous (nor patient) as you, friend. If I recall correctly, you have this weekly thing of showcasing a bad purchase, right? I need to attempt that, if only to make some advancements on said pile.

    Anyways, you look SO ABBA cool, Shelbee!! I swear that dress is adorable especially with those sleeves!!!

    • Ah, thanks so much, Sheela! Our Bad Buy series runs monthly on the 15th! Next month is cardigans. I do love a good challenge when I get those “what on earth do I do with this” pieces! I look forward to seeing what you come up with, my friend!


  34. I love the print of this dress and how you’ve styled it! The hat and boots give it a fabulous autumnal twist!

    Emma xxx

  35. Very nice dress. I love the print.


  36. It’s not ugly at all!
    It’s fabulous…and I love it. XXXX

  37. I say that dress is fabulous! You look so chic in this outfit! Love it!


  38. Lovin’ that print on you Shelbee. Nice one! Thanks for the linkup. Mimi xxx

  39. What a beautiful Dress Shelbee, love the colours in it. Love how you have styled this outfit with your boots too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂 Hope you can join us again soon.

  40. Such a fun print, love the colors! Perfectly styled too!

    xx, Elise

  41. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You look awesome in this dress. I love the belt! Great styling!

  42. We must searching the same pages, Shelbee. I saw this dress somewhere too and I like very much. This pattern is amazing and sleeves as well. I love it! Thank you for sharing this style with My Red Carpet.


    • Thank you, Anna! As much as I thought the pattern might be obnoxious, I also thought it would get some positive feedback from my blogger friends. It is clear that you and I have very similar taste in clothing, too. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day!


  43. Sometimes a piece just calls out to us and we know it is meant for us. You look fantastic in that dress and your hat coordinates beautifully. Thank you for sharing with hat Attack!

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