The smocked dress I'm wearing sticks out like a sore thumb in my closet which is dominated by polka dots and florals. So, this is really something out of my comfort zone.
There was an overly persistent salesgirl at Flame located in Sunway Pyramid (Malaysia). She recommended me something out of every rack I glanced at. Nice girl, but way off on my taste. So in a quick plan to get the heck away from her, I grabbed three dresses from the rack in front of me and zipped to the dressing room. One just so happened to be this bold and bright tube dress.
I don't usually go with dresses where the smocking ends just under the bust (empire style). They tend to look like maternity wear on curvier girls. This one was no different but I loved the print and colours so much I decided to make it work. I used a faux leather wraparound belt slightly above the waist to hide where the smocking ends and where the skirt part begins. This helps the flare of the dress begin where I want it, and allows the dress to have a more flattering shape.
To kind of go with the belt, I wore a black top under the dress. I have had this top for years and absolutely love the cut-out areas in the sleeves; gives the top an off-shoulder look with a sexy twist :)
Top worn inside: Victoria's Secret Online US$15
Pleather wraparound belt: Wetseal US$5
Shoes: Clarks RM220