My next option was the dress worn on both shoulders then tied at the waist, similar to the look below.
This wasn't ideal, either. The unfinished sleeve that has the open ends to enable all these variations was part of the problem. Ultimately, the dress just isn't suited for me. I am fairly petite and the dress just overtook me. I've seen it look so sexy and fantastic on tall or even larger gals. It was a bummer, because I do like the edgy 80's throwback feel it has. There are similar dresses with the same idea. I think I'll give the others a try.