Wednesday, July 28, 2010

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES! No, Wait. Just Eight. Or Zero, For the Moment.

A month or so ago, I ordered a Tart Collection "Infinity Dress" off Gilt Groupe.  


I've been intrigued by these types of frocks every since Two Birds introduced them as a modern alternative to bridesmaid gowns around the time I was in full-on wedding planning mode.  I loved the idea of my friends all unified in color but styled differently.  And, while I am a huge proponent of the brutal truth that NO BRIDESMAID EVER DONS HER WEDDING DUDS AGAIN, can you really get any more wearable than an 8-ways-in-1 dress fashioned of flattering jersey knit?  


Unfortunately, the raspberry color of my bridal-party-inspiration-board-dreams wasn't one of the color options available, so we took a more traditional route.  I loved our bridesmaids' dresses, but I was more than a little bummed that I didn't get the chance to hop on the Infinity Dress Train (because you better believe I would have ordered myself one of those puppies!).  


So, you can imagine my elation when Tart Collections popped up on a Gilt Sale!  Double Pleased-As-Punch-Points for all the credits sitting pretty in my account that magically morphed the price tag to Zero!  While I was slightly perturbed by the "delayed shipping" notation that appeared in "my cart," I quickly snapped up the mid-length style in a bright plum color.... And waited.  Very patiently.  Like a five year old for Santa.  Like a farmer for rain.  Like a Kate for a pretty dress.  

And today... IT ARRIVED!  In all it's glory!  The fabric delights me to no end, and I am ready to fully exhaust my styling options... except.... EXCEPT!  

(a) Might I suggest another name for the dress? Dear Marketers: "Eight Ways" does not equal "Infinite Ways."  Infinity is way higher than Eight.  All you people need a math refresher.  But anyhoo, enough about semantics, I'm still ready to fully exhaust my (EIGHT) fashion options... except... EXCEPT:

(b) There are no instructions.  I was expecting a manual.  Any item of clothing that does THIS requires step-by-step instructions:

 

And I didn't even get a shitty stick-figure diagram captioned in Swedish (coughIKEAcoughcough). 

So off to Google I fled... only to discover message board threads chock-full of other befuddled Infinity (EIGHT) Dress Purchasers.  I imagine us all, in various stages of undress, frantically clutching scads of jersey, shaking our fists at the heavens and crying out WHY TART, WHY?!!  

Or maybe that's just me.

Does anyone have any idea how to wrap this freakin' dress?  If it helps, I only desire knowledge of 7 of the Infinite (EIGHT) looks.  Specifically, I can do without THIS one, lest I attract more "floppy boobs" commentary: 


31 comments:

  1. Oh damn - dresses like this give me a stress attack!

    I adore you for pointing out a floppy boob, but can I just say: MY BRIDESMAIDS HAVE WORN THEIR DRESS AGAIN.

    But um... I wish you luck! And want pics of all eight ways!

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  2. butter has a very similar dress (http://www.butterbynadia.com/) and a video (!) on their website on how to wear it. might offer some insight on wrapping the tart dress.

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  3. This reminds me of the "twelve ways to wear a sarong" tags you see hanging on them. I can never figure out more than two ways. They should definitely have some sort of instruction with them...

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  4. I did a post on a similar dress (different designer) last week. I tried to help a friend style it for an upcoming wedding she's going to be in. None of the styles in the pictures worked - we had to come up with our own. Hope you have better luck!

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  5. I second the Butter by Nadia suggestion. I think it was the original jersey wrap dress that spawned a bunch of imitations.

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  6. I think it would be hilarious if you took 8 pictures in the bathroom of how to wear it.

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  7. So, I just actually made one of these dresses for my friend's wedding. We had a bridesmaid sewing party (which was really a Mother-of-the-Groom-sewing-party-where-the-bridesmaids-ironed-linens) and we banged out six dresses in a day. (For a cost of ~$17 per person, but I won't get into that!) Anyway, one of my fellow bridesmaids has become mildly intrigued (aka obsessed) with this dress and swears that YouTube is the greatest place to figure out how to wrap it. Just search "Infinity Dress" or "Convertible Dress" and you'll have tons of styles to choose from and step-by-step directions.

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  8. I have no idea about anything with this dress.

    BUT

    "8" is the infinity sign turned 90 degrees. If it makes you feel better.

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  9. I believe that this style of dress was actually first popularized by plus-size designer Monif C. She has a line of youtube videos showing how to tie it; she calls it the "Marilyn Convertible Dress." Check here to start: http://www.monifc.com/blog/post/marilyn-convertible-dress-instructional-video-3/

    I actually made my own "infinity" dress (super easy even if you're not a sewer- just a circle skirt with two long ties attached).

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  10. Hilarious - I saw these for the first time on Weddings with David Tutera this weekend and thought they were kinda cool! Good luck, sorry I can't help!

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  11. Great marketing concept-poor execution. Also, my bridesmaids have all worn their dresses; it helped that we bought off the rack at Harold's. I wish I had bought one, it was cute cute cute.

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  12. Ha! These seems like something that I would never wear, yet be too determined to return. I can't french braid hair, didn't learn to tie my shoes until late kindergarten, and know that zero ways are the way I would be able to style this dress. Love the concept, the execution is the problem.

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  13. Laughing out loud! This is hysterical! I love how you circled "floppy boob" because that is the first thing I picked out in that picture! Very funny. Hope you get it all figured out.

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  14. Is this dress essentially a long, long piece of fabric? Intriguing. I'll be interested to see what you're able to work out!

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  15. Good luck with the dress. While I have not tried on this dress or seen it done, the woman at the store where I found bridesmaid dresses suggested tying/messing with it while still on the hanger before you put it on yourself.

    But I did what you were trying to do. I picked out two styles of dresses in the same color/fabric for my three bridesmaids. That way, they each have the most flattering dress for themselves, but it's still cohesive.
    -My sister is wearing strapless with a jacket made of matching material.
    -My short, tiny petite bridesmaid is wearing strapless.
    -My short yet curvy bridesmaid will look awesome in a deep v-neck dress.

    Good luck with your new Infinity dress.

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  16. Le sigh. Infinity does not equal 8. Let's get this straight little marketing people (said from one marketing person, who would have probably suggested "infinity", so, obviously, I am the problem). The dress looks/seems fabulous, but, yeah, I'd need an instruction manual. At least the lying folk at Vicky S provided a manual!

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  17. I'm so glad you pointed out the floppy boob, because I noticed it! haha.

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  18. Wait, you still take pictures in the bathroom? I don't see that any more.

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  19. For all who have asked about ITPitB - Yep! I still have a OOTD blog. I removed the button from this blog to make room for paid advertisers.

    http://itakephotosinthebathroom.blogspot.com/

    Add it to your Reader!

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  20. Hey Kate! On the twobirds website they have a link under "the dress" heading for "how to," and it looks like they even have video tutorials. It seems fairly easy with the descriptions and drawings. Good luck!

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  22. Hi Kate-Have you ever looked at American Apparel's line of tie-yourself-dresses? They have a couple, and their website comes with videos on how to tie them!

    There is "Le Sac Dress": http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa0300.html?cid=29

    And they have a number of others too. Good luck!

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  23. Here's the other one I was thinking of, and it looks more like your dress. Maybe the how-to videos will help you with yours a little bit?

    It is the Cotton Spandex Jersey Bandeau Dress (can wear it 15 ways or like a skirt too!).

    http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa8339.html?cid=29

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  24. I'm going to need to see pictures of you donning all eight ways. Maybe you could post a tutorial.... Then it would be out there for the next person facing said crisis.

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  25. Hi! I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now, and I love it! I think you are too funny :) I just started my own blog in Atlanta, so check it out if you get some time!

    -Erica
    http://einthea.blogstpot.com

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  26. I noticed the floppy boob too... and as someone who is larger chested, I just can't see any of these dresses working for me... is there any possible way to wear a bra with them?! I absolutely must wear a bra.
    I like the idea, but I'm not convinced it would work in practice... and I second the suggestions to do a post with the dress worn 8 different ways!

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  27. Wow- they should send a dvd with the dress. No one is going to magically know how to do any of that on their own accord. Let us know if you figure it all out!

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  28. I did the butter dress for my bridesmaids! I have 9 bridesmaid and they all had different dresses. Definitely look at their website for the tutorials. We spent an evening figuring things out, but for sure it's a two person job to play. I think there are an infinite number of ways to do it though! Be sure to do lots and lots of twisting and tucking.

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  29. I did the same thing! Was sooo angry to find no instructions... But I did find this website with lots of tutorials:
    http://www.henkaa.com/blog/convertible-dress-tutorials/
    Hopefully I'll be able to follow those instructions alright. Thanks for sharing in my frustration! (Oh, and my dress got in a week or so later than yours. Lucky ducky.)

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  30. i am thinking of the Tart infinity dress too... however, is there lots of nipple action, since the material is tencil? anyone have a problem? thankyou!

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  31. I actually purchased a number of these (the Tart version) from Ideeli.com. After spending a number of hours experimenting with them, I found that you can look up styles online (though more than a few are on horribly trashy models), and Two Birds has a phone app that has small videos that show you step by step how to tie them.

    Honestly you can go crazy with the styles and I've found WAY more than the 8 mentioned on this blog.

    Wait, I forgot...another brand Henkaa does a great job and has a NUMBER of user based instructional videos which I HIGHLY recommend:

    http://www.henkaa.com/tutorials/

    Enjoy!

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