The Bard of Belts

derek lam corset dress set

I was away for a wedding this past weekend and this Derek Lam corset dress was a close contender in making an appearance.  Even though it didn’t make the cut, I thought it deserved a post.  Once again I need your advice.  Please proceed.

derek lam corset dress

This dress per the Fall 2007 collection was originally styled with a belt . . .

no frills

but doesn’t it look sleek without any fanfare?  To belt or not to belt?  That is the question.

It’s good to be back.  Stay tuned for the winning wedding pick, a new haircut and special vintage find . . .

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50 Responses to “The Bard of Belts”

  1. February 11th, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    cassie says:

    this is an amazing outfit and those boots are TDF! i like it both with and without the belt..hard to say which is better

  2. February 11th, 2009 at 4:21 AM

    Brigadeiro says:

    Ooh! How exciting! Looking forward to the ‘next installment on extraskinny”…

    re: dress, GORGEOUS! I must admit I’m partial to it with the belt, and wouldn’t be restricted to just black 😉 (although it’s perfect with black), I like colour blocking (to funk it up), or with a white/red striped belt (for nautical look), a patent (add some texture), anything really!

    I’m in love with your dress! I just pictured it with a few blouses/shirts/tees, ooh! How I’d love to play in your wardrobe 😉

  3. February 11th, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    janettaylor says:

    Ur are so pretty. Bombastic form and I love Derek Lam dress, I die for it…

    Have a great day: Janet

  4. February 11th, 2009 at 4:31 AM

    elsa-bille says:

    This dress is beautiful! I actually like it better with the belt I think, gives it a more edgy look.. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. February 11th, 2009 at 5:45 AM

    Joanna says:

    I am in love with your blog! You’re so lucky to have a real photographer boyfriend, and from the looks of things, some photoshop experience! How did you get your pictures to look so cool? (Aside from having the loveliest long legs that just make you look SO modelesque)?

  6. February 11th, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    modejunkie says:

    i think with the belt looks best with the ankle boots. it looks badass like that.
    however if you decide to wear it with some classic pumps, then i think without the belt.
    i am excited on the next post. :)

  7. February 11th, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Sarah-Lou says:

    Your wear this dress beautifully! Perfect cut, perfect color, you definitely have the ideal figure!

  8. February 11th, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    adictazapatos says:

    i love the black pants in the other post

  9. February 11th, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    fhen says:

    hmm i think with belt is better :)

  10. February 11th, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    tanya says:

    100% without the belt–it’s so classic and chic, without the belt really showcases that! To be honest though, you’re rocking them both!

  11. February 11th, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    style crusader says:

    What a great dress, perfect for day but you can totally sex it up for a night out!

  12. February 11th, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    bella says:

    Babe, you look amazing either way… it’s definitely sassier with the belt.

    Incredibly chic, you’re gonna rock it no matter what!

  13. February 11th, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    hanako66 says:

    I am so glad that I found your site…I always admired your style on You look amazing as always…what a fabulous dress!

  14. February 11th, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    issa says:

    you look stunning!!! i think both ways look fab.. but i’d go for without the belt! i wish i had the assets to fill this dress!

  15. February 11th, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    eleonore says:

    This dress is amazing!! I love the belt too!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  16. February 11th, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Annie says:

    Amazing dress!
    Amazing clothes!

    Amazing Blog!



  17. February 11th, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Tiffany says:

    i like it better with the belt but either way you look absolutely fantastic in it!

  18. February 11th, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    iole says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by.
    Love your blog too.
    Hope to see you again
    xo xo

  19. February 11th, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    miss woo says:

    Dress is both hot and elegant at the same time, you look fantastic!

  20. February 11th, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Ashley says:

    You look fantastic! I adore both versions, but the sleek simplicity of the second is my favorite! xoxo

  21. February 11th, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    sarah says:

    ok i love the title of your blog. i have to pass this on to my friend as well. love it!

  22. February 11th, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    this wheel is on fire says:

    wow! you and your blog are so gorgeous!! 😀

  23. February 11th, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Bucca says:

    Love the dress without the belt. would look great with a matching fabric choker with a little button at the front to clasp the choker if that makes sense?

  24. February 12th, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Rikki Lane says:

    The dress looks stunning with, or without the belt :]
    Love your blog!

    & Thanks so much for the blog comment!

  25. February 12th, 2009 at 1:38 AM

    Alexia says:

    loveedd this outfit .
    and the moulin rouge one!!
    life (L
    great blog !


  26. February 12th, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Catherine says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous dress! I love the neckline and I think I prefer it with the belt – I like how it defines the waist.

    Can’t wait to see your new haircut!

  27. February 12th, 2009 at 2:09 AM

    Alecca says:

    i say loose the belt too. much better without, what a gorgeous dress!

  28. February 12th, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    The Clothes Horse says:

    That dress is awesome. I really like the color too.

  29. February 12th, 2009 at 6:24 AM

    angie519 says:

    I like it better with the belt! But it’s super cute with or without! Have you tried it with a thinner black belt?

  30. February 12th, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    adreamer says:

    very sophistcated and sexy at the same time! i like it without the belt better.

  31. February 12th, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Julitta says:

    Hello! Thanks for your lovely comments. You really look like a mannequin;)

  32. February 12th, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Lainey says:

    Lovely blog! I really love this dress! It suits you perfectly! :)

  33. February 12th, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    E (oniomania) says:

    thank you for the nice comments on my last post. obviously your a model… such a beautiful girl, photos and clothes.

  34. February 12th, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Moodie says:

    Hello beautiful, thx for the nice comment on my blog. I just got a big crush on your style, very unique, chic and sleek. Congratulations for your blog ! And for the dress (GORGEOUS) it looks great with the belt, but I think the statement is stronger wihtout it. The waist is marked anyways, so you still look very XS in it !! Enjoy ! xxx

  35. February 12th, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Nil says:

    Thank God you’re back. I missed those beautiful outfits. Amazing dress dear I love it with the belt you look stunning

  36. February 12th, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Carl Starling says:

    Cute dress – I wasn’t sure about the bust, but the more I look at it the more I like it. Don’t keep us in suspense…let’s see this funky new hair-do!

  37. February 12th, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    kirafashion says:

    so sexy!
    I love the shots so much!

  38. February 12th, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    ranzuki says:

    Thank you! 😀
    Nice dress!! It’s you?

  39. February 12th, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Nina says:

    i love this dress! altho, knowing me, i would chop several inches off the length. haha hey, i’m short so i need all the help i can get. 😉

  40. February 12th, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Jiatakeo says:


  41. February 13th, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    fashionboobies says:

    Both works I think, but a little crush without the belt! You look amazing in both anyway!

  42. February 13th, 2009 at 1:37 AM

    Amy says:

    The dress is gorgeous. I think you should wear it with the belt.
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you come back soon!!

  43. February 13th, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    LoveMore says:

    you look amazing dear! congrats on your awards too :)

    xx LM

  44. February 13th, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    maisie #1 says:

    i thought you were a mannequin in these photos! seriously, i took me a moment to clear my confusion!
    i think i like it without the belt… it looks so streamlined and uncomplicated, and just falls really nicely.

  45. February 13th, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    celine says:

    this dress is a-m-a-z-i-n-g ! “unique”, I think it’s better with a belt, on pictures this outfit is perfect with your body and boots are perfect with !!

  46. February 13th, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    najeema says:

    Gawd, that dress is stunning! I prefer it with the belt, although it’s a close contest. And where are the haircut pictures please? :)

  47. February 13th, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Joyce says:

    I think it looks great, but the belt really spices is it up.

  48. February 14th, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Sasi says:

    The dress is amazing and you look great in both the outfits. But I prefer without the belt:)

    PS: the girl on the post you commented on my blog isn’t me. The pic is from a street style blog:P

  49. February 15th, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Isy says:

    Omg I’m so sorry I was in holidays and so I couldn’t come visit your blog… The dress is simply devine. Flashdance goes further and further… and I love that look !

  50. February 15th, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    CHIC Sensibility says:

    Great pics. I love that dress. The bust line of the dress is so hot.
    Stay chic!

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