The Before of this dress (thrifted of course) feels very 80's, Southern to me, a la Steel Magnolias (of course I could be wrong, having never actually been to the South; my impressions coming strictly from movies):
There was a whole lotta fabric going on here! The picture doesn't even do it justice - the shoulder/collar things looked like they were swallowing me whole!
But this was such an easy fix. I snipped off the collar, just cutting as close to the seam as possible. Then cut off about 10 inches from the bottom and hemmed.
a great little "fit and flare"