Do you ever find a dress you love, but something’s just slightly off? I always recommend to spend a few extra bucks on getting your wardrobe tailored. Even if you’re buying “fast fashion,” it could get mistaken for a designer piece if you just have it fit to you (this dress got mistaken for Phillip Lim the other night!).

In this case, this dress was just a slightly awkward length on me—not quite a maxi and not quite a flattering tea length—so I nearly returned it after falling in love with it when I found it for a recent advertising photo shoot. Then in a pinch with nothing to wear to my friend Emily‘s birthday shindig at a swanky members-only spot in Manhattan, I tried my styling trick of creating a waistband with a belt.

STYLIST TIP: Add a skinny belt to the waistband of your dress if it’s seamless and doesn’t already have a waistband. Then pull a little bit of fabric to blouse over it. Insta-waist and insta-tailored!

Check out how easy it is to do and what a difference it made below.

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Zara dress  and bag // Loeffler Randal shoes // H&M belt // vintage necklace and watch // Maison Antonym ring (c/o) // etc… watchband bracelet // Stella & Dot spike bracelet // E. Kammeyer tassel bracelet (c/o)