the prison that is my closet


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About a year ago, I happened to see this Stella McCartney dress that Alexa Chung wore and basically just gasmed over it. I immediately bought some fabric for the bows and scoured every vintage/thrift store for a long white dress so I could make myself one, but realized, after finding a rather matronly frock that it would probably look better if I just stuck to a shirt covered in bows instead of going head to toe dressed up like a present.

I spent a couple hours experimenting with bow sizes, shapes, and placement before I finally got it right. Then this shirt stayed in my closet for almost a year. 

I'm glad I am slowly busting gems like this this bow top and this white dress out now. Somehow it makes me feel less like a warden.

ps. I'm guest posting on Tiffany's blog, so if you wanna know 10 ridiculous things about me, head on over there now!

32 comments:

  1. Those bows are rad and i'm drooling over your shoes!

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  2. cute ensemble!
    the bows look so adorable with the skirt. ;)

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  3. Totally bow-tastic Laura! What a clever DIY - you really nailed it here. I love how you chose to pair a skirt with it instead. Alexa Chung has got nothing on you:) Now I'm having the sudden urge to go sticks bows on everything! xx Marisa

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  4. I actually like your bow top more than the full on bow dress look. Love it with the pretty Mary Janes as well. You are so crafty!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  5. I like your top better than the dress!! It is so fun and you'll be able to wear it with lots of different things! Very cute with the floral skirt! Nice!

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  6. Gorgeous look, nice blog, follow each other?
    http://shana-style.blogspot.com

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  7. Great idea customising your own bow top! I love that purse, I need to get better with thrift finds!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  8. You look classy girl! Also, I love the take on the bow dress. I think it looks much better as a top and will be more versatile! Can't wait to see how else you style it!

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  9. I think you made a good decision, a long dress would be super matronly haha

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  10. The top is seriously adorable! Adding the bows was a fun, unexpected touch. And I love it with the textured skirt. Very fun!

    Callie
    www.coffeeandcardigans.com

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  11. Your so crafty I wish I could DIY up some stuff like you do!

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  12. Oh wow, that is just beyond awesome! Now I am totally going nuts over how great your version of the bow print is.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  13. That top is SO adorable!! I love it!

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  14. aww the bow top is so cute!!

    raspberrykitsch.com

    xx

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  15. Oh that is the most adorable thing - endless bows!

    You are soo cute! Your hair is perfect with this outfit too!


    oxo,

    ML
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  16. You are adorable, and so is this bow top! I think I prefer it as a top especially styled the way you did with the pretty floral skirt, maryjanes and killer purse. I LOVE that little satchel!

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  17. Such a fun DIY! This is a super pretty outfit, Laura. Loving it!

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  18. so creative, and seems so simple but I probably would never have thought of it haha. Love the bows. And Alexa Chung is just amazeballs si?

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  19. That is such a great top - you are the queen of bows Laura! It has been a while so I just wanted to say hi!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  20. I'll tell you a secret, I hate that dress Alexa is wearing. What I do not hate is your top. It's just the right amount of adorable without making my brain hurt. The sassy face/stance in the last photo doesn't hurt either. Loves it!

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  21. Love bows as well! I love your top and I love the dress that Alexa is wearing! Both are so cute!
    :)
    Allison

    P.S. I'm having an INTERNATIONAL $75 Shopbop giveaway on my blog, so don't forget to enter! :)
    A's Fashion Files
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  22. Aw your DIY bow top is so cute!

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  23. I think you definitely got the look and altered it Laura style!! I love it, you know, because you made it :) too cute!

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  24. I dig your version more pretty lady! Well done!

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  25. Hey Laura! Found you through your guest post on Tiffany's site and dropped by to say hello :)

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  26. I <3 the bows. I think I got two or three items in my closet with bow details.

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  27. How cute is that top! I love it even more knowing you took something you wanted and DIY'd it yourself.

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  28. The top looks great, loved your feature on Tiffany's site!

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  29. awesome jjob with your top!!! It's very you :D

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