One of my favorite clothing “cheats”, if you will, is the fold-a-dress-in-half-and-pretend-it’s-a-skirt.

Trashy Diva Trixie halter dress in Deep Sea Coral being worn as a skirt with a grey-blue t-shirt and coral accessories

It gives me some extra mix-and-match options, and it’s especially useful for dresses that are awesome but require a lot of planning or commitment to wear (halter tops, I’m looking at you) which would otherwise languish at the back of the closet.

Trashy Diva Deep Sea Coral print in white, grey, blue, and pink paired with a grey-blue blouse and pink belt

I was absolutely thrilled to finally get my hands on a piece from the Trashy Diva Deep Sea Coral collection, which has been on my wish list since it was released, but the halter style of the dress means that I don’t reach for it as often as I might like.

Trashy Diva Trixie halter dress in Deep Sea Coral being worn as a skirt with a grey-blue t-shirt and coral accessories

The halter straps are really quite long, so I brought them back up at the waistline to make a bow, and added a stretch belt (although I think a thicker belt would have looked better) to cover the folded waistband. The fabric is very lightweight, which is amazing for summer but did mean that I could see some lumps through it from where I’d folded the bodice down. Fortunately, though, they weren’t terribly visible and I can’t really see them in the photos at all.

A handmade flower hairpiece featuring bright coral pink flowers, silver faux coral fronds, and dried starfish

I wanted to keep the aquatic theme going with the accessories for this outfit as well — my Erstwilder seahorse and seashell shoes were perfect, but I didn’t have any flowers that matched my newest find, so a trip to the craft store was in order to make a proper hairpiece. I may have gone a bit over the top with my design… But I like it! I might have to make a smaller version too for days when I don’t feel like wearing half a pound of artificial foliage on my head.

Erstwilder Sandy the Shy Seahorse brooch in pink and blue resin

Miss L Fire shoes in pale peach feature a faux reptile textured seashell at each side of the foot

Trashy Diva Trixie halter dress in Deep Sea Coral being worn as a skirt with a grey-blue t-shirt and coral accessories

  • Enormous hair clip with flowers and starfish: Made by me
  • Erstwilder pink and blue seahorse brooch: By way of Aubijou Boutique
  • Grey-blue textured t-shirt: Savers
  • Peachy-pink stretch belt: Savers
  • Trashy Diva “Trixie” dress in Deep Sea Coral print: bought from a sell/swap group
  • Miss L Fire peach Art Deco seashell pumps: Modcloth