How do I cover my butt in this dress?

I bought a Charas one-shoulder dress a few weeks ago. From the picture on the website, I couldn’t tell how short it was – honestly, it looked like normal length with the model riding it up. See the picture below. 

My brother-in-law is getting married in Chicago next month and this looked like the perfect dress. It was a nice bright colour (I can get away with brights) and it was rather edgy too. But alas, the dress came in the post and I was dumb enough not to try it on for the next one and a half weeks. Well, finally I try it on and guess what? It turns out the model isn’t riding it up herself to keep things steamy. The dress is really short on one side! Goodness, she’s probably hiding her butt from the camera with that right hand. So here I am with a dress that is a little more edgy than I wanted. I left it too long to try on and missed the standard return/refund timeframe. I’ve bought a more modest dress now and tried to get rid of this one through my office sales bulletin board but they aren’t any takers. My penultimate option is you.

How can I carry off this dress in the event that I can’t get rid of it? Can I wear a pair of tights with it? Leggings? Jeans? Perhaps I can take it to a tailor to attach some material to the exposed “regions”. What do you think? Is it a lost cause? I say, ‘penultimate option’ because the option of eBay still remains. I do love this dress – but I don’t think I’ll get away with my butt hanging loose when I bend over to pick up my 2-year old for instance.

Can someone suggest how I can keep my butt covered in this?

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  1. LOL. (Sorry, I don’t mean to laugh, but I’ve SO been in this situation before)
    I am a frustrated fashion designer (in my other life). I think the dress is so edgy that you could get away with adding a piece on the bottom underneath the existing skirt that is like a pencil skirt in style. Then the skirt would look like a peplum over the tight fitting part. Wearing a tight fitting black shimmery skirt under the dress would work (like an assets type skirt, but not a slip)

    OK…there’s my free opinion, but you get what you pay for 🙂


  2. Ha ha;-) try wearing it with a pair of jeggings?xx


  3. Leggings might work – especially if they were kind of shimmery.


  4. I say cut the bottom and make it a long sexy top. You might be able to make a small scarf with the remnants … I tried.


  5. put a scarf around the part which looks not perfect enough?


  6. martha Anderson says:

    I had this problem last month! Fortunately you have extra fabric on the other side-and you can always alter it so the seam is closed more on the short side and add fabric from the long side if necessary (a good seamstress can do this so it is not noticeable)and opened on the other side so you have a more realistic side slit and be able to sit in it-a really great seamstress should be able to do something with this! Its a great dress and a great colour for you. Take it to a seamstress!


    • Hi Martha :),
      I’m thinking of taking it to a seamstress as you suggest. Ideally, I’ll probably have it cut to a top (longish) and wear it with a pair of jeggings…. Still pondering. I’ll see you next Tuesday! Speak soon.


  7. No Leggings! Never wear Leggings to a beautiful dress! That’s too distracting!


  8. I like the leggings ideas, but since this is more of an event, I would try to find a tailor that could make it longer. I know here, tailors aren’t a lot if the job isn’t extensive and this seems like it isn’t.


    • Hi Kay,
      I’m not wearing it to the wedding anymore. I just trying find a way to keep the dress, for perhaps ‘smart casual’ purposes. So I may take it to a seamstress to change it to a top that I can wear with a fancy pair of jeggings. Thanks for stopping by :-)!


  9. Wonder if you could attach some pink netting to the bottom — sort of a semi-sheer modesty panel, lol! This really isn’t a “pick up your 2 year old” type of dress, is it? By that I mean isn’t it more of an adult venue special occasion type of dress? Which means sitting down with your knees together (and getting up the same way), but while you’re standing you wouldn’t necessarily need to bend over — right? Perhaps thigh high boots would help you feel more covered up? The dress is fun — maybe wear it out on New Year’s Eve with your hubby to someplace festive? Or how about just throw on a thong and let the world enjoy the view? Paris Hilton does!!!


  10. Well 🙂
    some time is difficult to get use to “wear your age”…
    this happened just yesterday when I tried on a new black-dress (a little too short shoving some 30 cm legs just above the knees) since usually I wear dresses 10 cm above the feet….
    My son just said: “mom, I guess this dress is too expensive for the little tissue is in it”
    An elegant way to say: mother, you better cover up your body some more… don’t forget you are over 50!”
    But I guess this isn’t your case…
    Serenity :-)Claudine


    • LOL! It could be my ageing bomb ticking, getting me ready for a time when I can’t dream of such a dress :(.

      Thanks for stopping by, Claudine!


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