Yes, it really did take me over six months to actually finish sewing that ruffle to the bottom of this dress. What can I say? Sometimes I'm very good at procrastinating. Anyhow, the ruffled was needful because this dress was a bit too short for my tastes without it, but with it it's lovely! L174 is an older Bodyline piece and is a style I wish they'd make more of. Or not, really, because I really don't need more lolita.
I love this print, it's really pretty and detailed, and I like that it's a darker classic dress without losing the hint of cuteness that I like in lolita.
First up I ran with a fairly straightforward look, something nice and elegant. I'd wear this with black lace tights but as I always say they photograph terribly!
Next, another look which would also include black lace tights but an overall much lighter look. I love how the light colours on a dark background really enable you to go in a variety of directions with a main piece.
Also, as an aside I want to draw your attention to the barrette bow. Lately I've been embroiled in a big, stressful, life consuming project at work and Nat (my friend, housemate, and co-worker) one day bought me a goody bag of cosmetics and accessories to cheer me up. This bow was in that bag of joy and I wanted to take the chance to mention that she's a lovely human.
Lastly I tried a sweeter look, which I really don't have much to say about so I'll leave it at that!