Growing up, my Dad owned not one, but four ladies shoe stores. I would go to all the Dallas shoe shows with him and pick out whatever I liked. Naturally, I blame my fashion addiction on him. Especially my love for shoes. He would always tell me, "Honey, you can scrimp on a lot of things, but never your shoes. Your feet will know!" I guess he is also to blame for my frugality. If I love it, I have a real hard time letting it go, even if it doesn't fit. This causes me to find new uses for old things wherever I can. The shirt above was too small for my husband but I couldn't stand to see it go back to Goodwill. I cut off the sleeves, reattached the cuffs and brought in the waist a bit. Now this shirt gets worn all the time.
vintage Todd Oldham dress once had sleeves
Ask my friends and they will tell you... I'm kind of notorious for cutting clothes up and making them into other things. Jeans become shorts and skirts. Dresses become shirts and skirts. Etc. When I made my wedding dress I took the flower from my Mom's veil and attached it to my dress. So today I challenge you to look into that closet of yours and see what you can convert into something new!
this bag was once a cherished mini-skirt I bought in Florence
once an old pair of jeans and the afore mentioned mini-skirt
once a pair of pants I think...vintage Todd Oldham again
If you're looking for some ideas or tutorials on how to transform your wardrobe, I recently found this amazing blog. She makes all kinds of cute stuff and shows you how to do it too. Yes, if it can not be transformed and you no longer wear it, donate it. But if you love it and you think it still has some life left in it - transform it! I can tell you first hand that there is no better feeling than making something uniquely yours. And then when someone asks, "where did you get that?" You can smile and proudly say, "I made it!" Pretty cool right? xo