You may have seen this dress before, but that's ok! Contrary to what appears on many fashion bloggers' sites, it's actually ok to re-wear pieces in your closet. Realistically, everyone re-wears pieces in their closet, and, honestly, that should be the goal. While low-quality fast fashion pieces are super disposable and cheap, high-quality and designer items are meant to be worn again and again. While I used to be so into shopping at fast fashion stored like Forever 21 and H&M, I'm now trying to step away from the fast fashion cycle and invest in long-lasting pieces for my closet that will last me years. Though, I do still buy a fast fashion piece every once in a while if I really love it and feel like I'm going to wear it a lot.
While I went for a more grunge-meets-punk look the last time I wore this dress, I went for more of a glam rock-meets-punk look this time around. While hair metal and glam rocks fans didn't get along with punk fans back in the day, I'm just going to pretend they did and mix the two styles together.
I paired this patchwork dress with a leather jacket to give it some edge. The dress is pretty versatile and can go grunge or punk or country depending on what you style it with. I wore the leather jacket draped over my shoulders because the modern way to wear a jacket seems to be to only half-wear it. To really give the look more of a glam rock vibe, I wore by Jeffrey Campbell western boots complete with chains, studs, and metal-tipped toes. Western wear like cowboy boots, vests, and belts, all done in black leather were pretty popular in the glam rock and hair metal days thanks to the androgynous and edgy look of them. Chaps were also popular thanks to the rise of the BDSM scene but I decided to skip the chaps...this time. Lastly, for a touch more of leather, I wore my leather bucket bag.
Photography: Nathan Jelenich