I bought this dress at the thrift store the other day for $1.
There's a lot going on here that's not good - shoulder pads, big huge collar, and that weird skirt thing that not only makes your hips look bigger, but also draws the eye straight to them. But I liked the polka dots and I thought there was a nice pencil skirt shape hidden under the weird skirt thing. So, I started ripping out seams and cutting things off and here's what I ended up with:
I removed the shoulder pads, ripped out the collar and re-stitched the seam, cut off the skirt thing, and shortened the sleeves. I added a red belt that I had and my favorite (and only) black heels. It's definitely better, more stream-lined. But I still can't decide if it's cute/sexy/fun vintage looking or something my mom would have worn during the 80's vintage looking.