So let's talk about bodyline for a bit. As a lolita with a very small budget I have more than a couple items from there. I'd heard the horror stories long before I ever ordered my first piece - an emergency petticoat replacement that had to get there a lot sooner than anywhere else I knew at the time could get it to me. And honestly, that one depressed me by a lot. But later I had a friend tell me her gorgeous jsk was a bodyline piece. What was it she was wearing that had me rushing home to spend my last bit of birthday money?
I almost didn't find it on the site. The main picture is of the not-so-elegant all red colorway, surrounded by other single color prints that, especially in blurry bodyline photo-vision look cheap and costume-ish to me. This little treasure is hidden away in the corner of the photograph. I broke down and ordered the black carousel skirt when I got the dress, along with some shoes and little accessories. Some things I was more than pleased with, others I wasn't.
However, this winter I've worn this dress more than anything else in my closet. It's a very versatile piece, really. I made it into a holiday outfit my paring it with a deep green cardigan, a fluffy polar bear open back hat based on the MintyMix design and a teddy bear necklace. I wear it most often with an off-white blouse and tights, but it looks very dramatic if I switch those to black and add in cameos and pearls. But lately I'm wearing it with layered, flowing cream colored vintage shirts and lucky antiquing find jewelry. It gives it a sort of dreamy, older fairy tale feel. I've been wanting to try it with a wine cut-sew, which is something I'm planning to try for Friday when I'll be doing more than packing up the apartment and meeting cable instillation crews.
It's a great dress that can work in casual wear or in fancier coordinates. The deep red roses with green leaves are great as a holiday print without being limited to just the one season. It's also only $31, which means I'm not terrified of ruining it every time I wear it.