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DIY Tutorial: Swim Dress Cover-Up

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DIY Swim Dress Cover-Up

Summer is almost over and the temperatures are dropping fast! Some people (*cough* myself) spent the whole summer either in a poorly air-conditioned office for an internship or romping the streets of a foreign city for study-abroad, and haven’t had a chance for some low-key, traditional summer fun, like barbeques, picnics, or a pool day.

I decided that I needed to squeeze in at least one relaxing day at the pool before fall, and what’s a good pool day without a good cover-up? (Sidenote: I’m obsessed with cover-ups; here are tutorials for “top” and “bottom” cover-ups.)

Fellow CF writer Catherine mentioned in this post (and hinted at a future DIY…) the super-popular Victoria’s Secret version. Based on all the positive responses to this DIY reusable shopping bag, I decided to repurpose the same technique and similar materials to create my take on the swim dress cover-up.

Read on for step-by-step instructions detailing how you can create your very own swim dress cover-up. (Spoiler alert: it’s incredibly easy and no sewing is required!)

Materials

Diy swim dress cover materials

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric – at least 2-3 yards. Aim for one with “holes” in it, like mesh or crochet lace.

Step One

Diy swim dress cover step 1

Cut two long, equal lengths of ribbon. I always fold and cut a ribbon in half to ensure two equal lengths.

Step Two

Diy swim dress cover step 2

Positioning the fabric so that’s it’s a horizontal rectangle, fold down the top right-hand corner. (As always, follow the diagram!)

Step Three

Diy swim dress cover step 3

Simply thread a ribbon at the edge, looping the ribbon in-between the holes of the fabric, effectively “sewing” down this section.

If you choose to use a fabric without holes, simply sew down the corner a few inches down from where I marked on the diagram to form a “casing.” Thread the ribbon through the casing.

Step Four

Diy swim dress cover step 4

Pull the ribbon a bit so that the ribbon ruches/gathers at this corner edge. You should have a nice curved arch.

Step Five

Diy swim dress cover step 5

To prevent the ruched/gathered part from moving around, you need to secure it in place. You can do this by double knotting the ribbon on itself, making sure to go through the fabric edges. Repeat this step on both sides of the ribbon.

Step Six

Diy swim dress cover step 6

Loop the two ends of the ribbon upwards, and secure on top with a bow. You now have a sleeve!

Step Seven

Simply repeat the process on the top left-hand corner, and you’re done. The handy diagram below shows you how to wear this cover-up:

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Finale:

Diy swim dress cover finale

Diy swim dress cover details

Feel free to trim the bottom of the fabric to your desired length. I love maxis, so I opted to keep mine long.

Feedback please:

Do you love swim cover-ups as much as I do? Would you make your own DIY swim dress cover-up using this tutorial? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

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Looks on Campus: Bianca – Indiana Unversity of Pennsylvania

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Taking classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania during the summer and doing her study abroad experience here in the U.S., Bianca doesn’t go unnoticed with her bubbly personality and fabulously detailed outfit.

She sports a classic college outfit with fall essentials: a cozy sweater, a patterned scarf, and trendy shoes. Bianca is transitioning to her first full year studying in the U.S. starting this fall, so I am certain she will be rocking her classic outfits around campus.

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Name: Bianca

College: Indiana University of PA

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Major: Chemistry

Age: 21

Year: Senior

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “The situation. It depends on who will be there or what it’s going to be.”

Where do you like to shop? “Wherever there is a sale! All my friends know whenever we go shopping they’ll spend $50 on one shirt and I’ll have 20 bags that added up to the same price. For example, so far I have seen many sales at Aero, Rue 21, and Charlotte Russe.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “It would be to not try anything ‘ridiculous.’ Sometimes you look or think about some outfits and you just know that it’s not the right one. And also not showing a lot of skin!”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I love scarves, so I chose this outfit because it’s always a nice detail; you can have a very simple outfit with darker colors, and scarves will add that pop of color to it. Wool sweaters are also comfortable and versatile.”

What fashion advice would you give other college students? “To find your own style first and wear the clothes that make you feel confident.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I really like the boho trend. Loving it right now!”

Do you have a favorite designer? “Not really. I would wear a top from one designer and then a skirt from another. I think all designers have had successful designs and not-so-successful designs at one point, so it’s hard to name one.”

What do you do for fun? “I love to dance and to read.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet who would it be and why? “I would have Gisele Bündchen’s closet. I think even outside the runway she has a nice style.”

Elements of Bianca’s Outfit

1. Sneaker Wedges

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I love Bianca’s shoes because honestly, not many can pull off orange-heeled sneakers, but she did it gracefully! (Although she did say it has caused some controversy with her boyfriend, who jokes that she got them from the cartoon Garfield.)

However, we think her fashion-forward sneaks are right on trend. The gold studded detailing on the sides and the pumpkin orange hue added an edgy vibe to her otherwise casual ensemble.

2. Patterned Scarf

College student wearing a patterned scarf

Pairing cute scarves with comfy sweaters is a go-to combination that can be spotted on pretty much every college campus come fall. Bianca’s colorful patterned scarf has a trendy vibe, plus the blue and orange hues match her sweater and sneakers, respectively. Little details like this really tie a look together!

3. Jewelry + Nails

Pretty neutral nail polish

Since she already had bold statement pieces in her outfit, Bianca went with modest jewelry and a neutral nail color. The only jewelry on her hands was this simple ring with a metallic stripe. It was perfect; there was no need for her to go overboard with jewelry in this flawless school day look.

Do you think Bianca nailed this casual look?

Do you like the minimal jewelry paired with a bold scarf? What about her “Garfield” sneakers? Let us know what you think in the comments section below! 

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Outfits Under $100: How to Wear 5 Must-Have Fall Dresses

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Between book-buying and purchasing dorm essentials, you may need to swing by your favorite fashion shops to curate your fall wardrobe. Ready or not, the change in seasons is here. Dresses are always a must-have; the ease of throwing on a frock for class makes them our favorite fall staple.

Feeling a little lost? Just refer to this shopping guide from your friends here at College Fashion! As always, all of the outfits below are under $100, so you can spend your hard-earned cash on groceries, notebooks, and happy hours.

1: Chambray Shirt Dress – $95.80

Chambray shirt dress and wedges outfit
Product Information: Dress – American Eagle, Shoes – Wet Seal, Belt – H&M, Earrings – Aldo

You may have once thought chambray would be a short-lived fad, but we are here to tell you that it isn’t going anywhere. Invest in a semi-distressed chambray shirt dress for fall. This may be the most versatile purchase you make all season! You can rock it with boots, flats, tights, belts, and any accessory under the sun.

For the summer-to-fall transition, we love the idea of a wearing a bright pair of comfortable wedges that pop against the dress. Also, add a neutral-colored belt around the waist for extra shape. Accessorize with faux-tarnished, geometric gold earrings, then sweep your hair into a ponytail to finish this class-appropriate look.

2. Wear-Everywhere Colorful Dress – $83.65

Yellow dress and teal cardigan outfit
Product Information: Dress – Mango, Cardigan – Amazon, Shoes – Go Jane, Earrings – Nordstrom Rack

Maybe you sink into a sea of neutrals when the weather gets chilly, but there’s no need to go there quite yet. A dress in a bold color that you can wear everywhere is an ideal for those days when you run between class, internships, errands, and dinner with friends. We are coveting this bright yellow beauty with pleats down the front.

There’s no reason not to pair it with a complementary color, and this teal cardigan is exactly what the dress needs for chilly mornings. Grab a pair of comfortable stacked heels, which have a classy and cool vibe. Finally, who needs layers and layers of jewelry when you’ve got these glamorous, smoky teardrop studs?

3. Versatile Midi-Length Dress – $97.54

Midi length dress outfit
Product Information: Dress – H&M, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Bag – Forever 21, Necklace – Forever 21

There is nothing to fear about the midi-length dress! This H&M frock is a fabulous and flattering color on anyone. With a sweater and flats, this dress would be great for class. However, when paired with glam accents, this dress can be taken out on the town!

For this nighttime ensemble, opt for a shoulder bag in a bold color to hold all of your necessities. Accessorize with a chain fringe necklace that makes a serious statement and adds a little edge to this classy outfit. Complete the look with cute white pumps with bow details.

4: Bold Patterned Shift Dress – $89.34

Patterned shift dress outfit
Product Information: Dress – Boohoo, Shoes – H&M, Bag – Aeropostale, Earrings – Nasty Gal

Some dresses speak for themselves, and this bold patterned shift dress is one of them. With a variety of patterns in an ombre effect, the colors complement each other while simultaneously standing out.

Since the dress is so bold, keep the other elements of the outfit minimal, like the white pumps with a subtle snakeskin texture. These earrings are a unique take on the traditional silver hoop, while a white crossbody satchel is a sleek and stylish choice.

5: Long Sleeve Slouchy Dress – $94.78

Long sleeved dress and color-blocked heels outfit
Product Information: Dress – Mango, Shoes – Zara, Bag – Forever 21, Earrings – Aldo

Above all, comfort is key. If a dress is not comfortable, you are not going to wear it. We love the idea of a slouchy, long sleeved sweater dress. The exact opposite of the patterned dress above, this look is a blank canvas for you to have fun with.

When wearing a neutral dress, bright and funky accessories are key, so center this outfit around these bangin’ tri-colored shoes. Add a tote bag – this graphic one incorporates the colors found in the shoes. Feeling dramatic? Some slinky, chain earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

What dresses are your must-haves this fall?

Which styles will you be wearing this season? Which outfit is most “you?” Which one do you like best? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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