Off the Rack ~ Converting a Slide Belt to a Grommet Belt

One of the tips you frequently read for busty gals is to buy clothing in a size up to fit your boobs, then get the waist tailored. Or, if you can’t get it tailored or the waist is only mildly big, then belt it. However, that belt tip requires that the belt actually stay snug. And unfortunately, several of the belts I own are fabric-covered slide belts with no grommets, so they don’t stay tight.

I got tired of constantly tightening those belts, and I can’t really replace them with grommet versions since most of them came with a dress that they perfectly match. So this week, I turned a slide belt into a grommet belt. Now I can adjust it bigger for bloated days, but it stays tight when I want to cinch in my waist.

Here’s how I did this easy and cheap project…

Supplies you’ll need:

Belt
Hammer
Eyelet/grommet tool and matching grommets (purchase the kit here, or just the tool here)
Seam ripper
Small, sharp sewing scissors
Chalk or marking tool of some sort
Belt buckle cover kit (this one was only $3.90 on Amazon)
Pliers (which I forgot to photograph below)

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Off the Rack ~ How to Buy Trashy Diva on a Budget

Last week, I briefly mentioned buying Trashy Diva dresses on a budget. This week, I’m doing a whole post on how to find and buy second-hand and less costly items from this very boob-friendly brand.

First up, the original retail prices. Most TD dresses in rayon or cotton hover around $165, with separates coming in around slightly above half that. Stretch rayon items cost a little more (presumably the fabric is more expensive at wholesale), running about $185 for a dress and again slightly more than half that for separates. Naturally, prices vary depending on how much fabric a garment requires.

Trashy Diva shoppers who want the security of buying from a reputable retailer with the option for returns can stick to Trashy Diva and other conventional online retailers. On the TD site, start out with the sale section, which gets updated every couple months. Keep in mind that discounts of 50% or more are final sale.

TD also has the occasional coupon for 50% off all sale items, or a percent off a specific non-sale print. Sign up for their email newsletter and/or become a fan on Facebook to be notified whenever there is a coupon.

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Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Roundup Part II: Winter Edition

After my last roundup of dresses from Trashy Diva, I’ve swapped a few and purchased a few more, so it’s time for another round! This time, I’m showing five winter options from the vintage reproduction brand. Really, they’re “mini” dresses, so they’re just as good for summer, but I wear them more in winter than my longer ones since they work well with tights and boots.

This time, I’m also going to list what the size chart says the measurements are, and will note if something feels smaller than the chart would suggest.

Once again, for fit assistance I’m 5’6” with a looooong torso and short legs. My figure is 37”-29”-41” and I’m between sizes for bras, at 28G/GG – 30FF/G. In the photos below, I’m wearing an Ewa Michalak PL bra in size 65G (30G).

Finally, I want to make a note about price. Trashy Diva is not cheap. These dresses are definitely an indulgence. However, I get many of mine second-hand through eBay and Facebook swap/sell groups, or wait until there’s a sale. So it is possible to be a TD fan on a budget. If the cost puts you off, I would suggest signing up for TD’s mailing list to be notified of sales, saving an eBay search for the brand, and checking sales apps often (such as Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari). It’s common to find dresses from past years, but sometimes you can even find ones from the current season at a discount, after the original buyer removed the tags only to later decide it doesn’t fit or suit her.

1. Dolores Mini

Print name: Venice Nights
Fabric: Stretch rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, half-length sleeves with puff shoulders, pockets
Measurements: Bust 37”, waist 29.5”

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Off the Rack ~ Springtime in Brooklyn with Miss Candyfloss: A review of the “Mariana” Dress

I’m back to another clothing review from my favorite bust-friendly brand—Miss Candyfloss! MCF just started releasing the spring’s new “Housewife” collection, and this time I had the opportunity to review one of the first pieces, which means it’s still available to buy (unlike many of my past reviews when I wrote about garments after most sizes sold out)!

Disclosure: This item was received as a review sample. All opinions are my own and based entirely on my experience.

At first, I was a little skeptical of the “Housewife” label; it brings to mind the era when women had no choice but to be a housewife. But when MCF started previewing the new collection on Instagram, it was immediately clear that they were taking a humorous, more liberated point of view. Check out some of the posts:

Sneaky little preview for all those fierce women who love the stereotype 1950s housewife look. A dress for the not so desperate housewife. This dress will be available mid March. #newcollection #50s #womenswear #housewife #retro #retrolook #misscandyfloss #retrofashion #swingdress #swing #fierce #killerdress #girlboss #modernpinup #stepfordwife #sneakpeak #editorial #lookbook

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We might be obsessed with the stereotype 1950s housewife look but it does not mean we envision women doing all of the house work. In fact, chores are more fun when they are divided equally. Gents, take out those ironing boards and get to work ???????? Thank you Andreas for your modelling and ironing skills ? #ourvision #modernhousewife #equality #housewife #newcollection #girlboss #modernpinup #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintageinspired #pinupstyle #editorial #photoshoot #lookbook #misscandyfloss #fashionshoot #preppy #shirtdress #swingdress #swing #stepfordwife #desperatehousewife #notsodesperate

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“Morning coffee at its best”. We had so much fun shooting this collection. Miss C designer’s hubby Andreas jumped in to help us accomplish this shoot. We are so thankful to have the Miss C family we have. So blessed to have amazing models who can channel our design vision ? There is always so much laughter and hard work behind our shoots. If you would only know. #newcollection #housewife #retro #retrolook #misscandyfloss #retrofashion #swingdress #swing #editorial #fashionshoot #50s #50sfashion #womenswear #womensfashion #pinupfashion #household #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintageinspired #retrohousewife #girlboss

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(Note that the gentleman in these photos is the husband of one of the MCF designers!)

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