Salvaged eBay Dress Purchase

Ok. I rarely purchase clothes on eBay because I am obsessed with trying items on before buying them. Still, I took a chance bid and actually won this festive black and red plaid belted dress. With chic details like a square neckline, perfect cap sleeves, and a standout print, the dress is a winner. The straight cut of the dress, however, made it impossible to pull over my hips. Darn.

Luckily, I recently met my new favorite tailor—Julia of Adonai Custom Tailoring & Alterations in Lexington. She took one look at the dress and assured me that she could salvage my spoiled eBay buy. And, she did for only $8!

Today, the plaid dress is worn with a black leather belt. Black tights and t-strap pumps complete the work look.

Dress—Banana Republic via eBay
Tights—Merona for Target
Belt—Dooney & Bourke via Apres Vous
Shoes—Taharia via Marshalls
Necklace—Lane Bryant


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  1. November 24, 2008 / 8:09 am

    I love the way you shop 🙂

  2. November 24, 2008 / 12:46 pm

    This looks fab!

  3. November 24, 2008 / 1:20 pm

    I really need to find a good tailor like this! Great dress, love it with the belt and tights.
    Glad to see a new outfit from you – I’m a new blogger and your style is very inspiring! =)

  4. November 24, 2008 / 1:31 pm

    LOVE IT!! It is very classic yet moddern:)

  5. November 24, 2008 / 3:47 pm

    real nice!!

  6. November 24, 2008 / 5:24 pm

    Very nice!!!

  7. November 24, 2008 / 6:06 pm

    Hi dear, how are you, hope everything is going well.
    I’ve missed you.

    Love the dress, and what a bargain!!

    Really looks gorgeous on you.


  8. November 24, 2008 / 6:42 pm

    The tailor saves the day!

  9. November 24, 2008 / 11:37 pm

    A good tailor can work wonders! I thought of you the other day when I saw the new “Best Dressed Reader” spot on Glamour’s Slaves to Fashion ( You send them a pic of you in your favorite fall/winter outfit (for whatever occasion) and if they choose you, you appear in their blog and they’ll link to yours. Could be great exposure for the blog, and as no one has better style than you…go for it!

  10. Anonymous
    November 25, 2008 / 1:34 am

    Great dress and looks like it fits perfectly. I have the same problem with dresses and my hips. A lines are my friend. Welcome back!!

  11. November 25, 2008 / 1:56 am

    I LOVE eBay! The dress is so cute and looks GREAT on you. I’m glad your purchase worked out in the end 🙂

  12. sexysophisticate
    November 25, 2008 / 5:07 am

    Very sophisticated and elegant! Beautiful dress and tights, and the T strap heels rock :).

  13. November 25, 2008 / 6:07 am

    I really love this look. Very polished!

  14. November 25, 2008 / 11:26 am

    Reina: Thanks for stopping by!

    V: I am so glad I could get it altered.

    Trace: Welcome to the blog world. I still feel new myself. I was lucky to find my tailor. She has done an amazing job on a few of my items.

    Reiko: Yes, that plaid print has a modern vibe.

    Milly: Thanks for coming by!

    LJ: Thanks, LJ!

    Seeker: I miss you! I have not quite gotten into a rhythm yet in my new life in KY. Hopefully soon.

    Sal: Yes, yes, she did!

    Cherry Blossoms: Oh wow! That’s an amazing opportunity. Thanks for thinking of me!!

    Penny Pinching Princess: Isn’t eBay the greatest! I usually only buy accessories–bags, shoes, etc. I am glad this dress buy eventually worked out.

    Sexy Sophisticate: Thank ya.

    Hilary: I appreciate it. Thanks for coming by!

  15. November 25, 2008 / 11:52 am

    Anonymous: Me too! It is no accident that A-lines are my friend. It’s the only fit I can rely on.

  16. November 26, 2008 / 1:14 am

    I’d say that’s the vest eight bucks you ever spent (on alterations!). That dress suits you to a tee.

  17. November 27, 2008 / 2:32 pm

    *yaay* for a new post! 😀

    the dress and styling looks great. i adore square necklines.

  18. November 29, 2008 / 11:08 pm

    Julia’s are awesome=)

    She did a great job. The dress w/the belt looks fab!

  19. December 1, 2008 / 12:15 am

    That is a gorgeous gorgeous dress!


  20. a new reader
    December 4, 2008 / 12:52 am

    Very Michelle O, lol

    I LOVE it!

  21. January 11, 2009 / 8:06 am

    Great dress and it looks gorgeous on you.

  22. August 12, 2009 / 10:20 am

    You look pretty gorgeous.! Personally, I too love to wear plaid dresses. It seems you got some great bargains.