Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wardrobe Identity Crisis

Sometime this past week I realized that my upcoming graduation (which is in less than a month, God willing) and transition from school to career will have an effect on my wardrobe.

Cue facepalm.

I can't believe this didn't occur to me before, but it's a no-brainer that my typical college jeans-tee-sweater combination is not going to fly in the working world. Luckily, there is a very wise person in my life who had the common sense to purchase a suit and a couple of nice shirts for me for job fairs, interviews, etc. What would I do without her? Thank goodness I don't have to start a work wardrobe from scratch!

I bought several blouses this month (included in my upcoming budget post!) because my wardrobe was pretty weak in that department. I'm also toying with the idea of adding a new blazer and maybe a couple of new accessories, but my April budget won't cover those. Ah well, maybe next month. The goal is to keep things relatively simple and just add a few key pieces to mix and match with what I already own.

I'm also trying to decide how much casual clothing I actually need and what I want to keep. Basically, my work-to-casual ratio needs to be a bit more balanced. I know that I own more clothing than I actually need, which is fine, but at the same time I don't want to be excessive.

Anyone else in the same boat? I've compiled a short list of articles, all of which I've found to be helpful as I try to figure this out. Some of them describe wardrobes that are pretty formal, but I think the advice can be tailored to fit the needs of the reader:

If you've already been through this transition, do you have any tips?

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Remix Rewear Restyle Link Up: Repair

We've all got one. That item of clothing that's a bit worn, a bit faded, a bit old, but you can't justify throwing it out just yet.

What do you do?

Today I'm linking up with Caitlin from Greater Than Rubies and other bloggers to share tips on how to give old clothing new life. If you've been following along, you've probably noticed that I'm passionate about sustainability in fashion, so I'm very excited to see what my fellow bloggers come up with!

If this is your first time visiting this link up, the basic premise is encouraging one another to make the most of our wardrobes and find new ways to wear pieces that we already have. You don't have to own a ton of clothing or go shopping every other week to dress stylishly!

sunglasses : CVS    necklace : made by me    cardigan : Target  
tee : thrifted    pants : refashion    shoes : Target

Once upon a time, these cropped denim pants were drab, stretched out, and sad-looking. I took in the legs a bit to revive their shape and painted them with fabric paint to create a fun, printed pant. With these new improvements, I'm probably going to be holding onto these pants a little bit longer :)

Do you have any tips for reviving old clothes? Please share, I'd love to hear them!

Thank you for reading!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Refashion: Bowless Blouse

Due to my somewhat girly sense of style, I have no problem with ruffles, bows, lace, etc. However, when I received this blouse as a hand-me-down, I became increasingly annoyed with the awkward hip bow. It would flap around when I walked, and wearing it underneath a cardigan or tucked into a skirt made me look lumpy. Time for that bow to go!

All I had to do was chop off the excess fabric and tuck the raw edges in to finish the seam. For some reason it looks puckered in the "after" photo, but it does lie straight, I promise! Without the bow, this blouse will be a heck of a lot easier to wear and much more versatile.

Do you have any tips for dealing with a wardrobe issue like this? If so, I'd love to hear them!

Thank you for reading :)