Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes
Thigh highs…check. Oxfords…check. Silky goodness from a thrift shop…check. Although I wasn’t on my way to my private Catholic school from back in the day, I was still gettin’ my Catholic school girl on. So my friend picked out this gorgeous top,at $4.50, all silk ( I didn’t even realize until another fashion major pointed it out). She said she didn’t want to go “too hard” on me. Wutevah, I ain’t gon’ say no.
I wanted to keep this alteration simple since the top was so gorgeous on it’s own, even though it was a little (or a lot) oversized. I found this multiple chain silver beaded necklace at the thrift shop as well for only $1.97 and thought I could somehow use the two together. Initially I thought I was going to use the chained necklace along the placket (aka where you button the shirt for the non-fashion obsessed), and even though the collar trend has come and gone… I don’t really care, I decided to embellish the collar anyway being the big rebel that I am. I wanted the chains to look a little tougher and messier to contrast with the sophistication of the shirt. I simply detached the chains from the necklace with wire cutters and hand sewed them on. With the extra chains, I detached the beads and sewed them on for some extra “bling bling” as my mom would say (hi, mom). I left some chain ends hanging, and left some areas looser and dangling between stitches to achieve this look.
Top: Goodwill (upcycled)
Skirt: Deb (And yes, sometimes you can find some good stuff there for super cheap! No judgements people.)
Socks: Forever 21
Shoes: Urban Outfitters, similar here
Spoiler Alert: Next week’s Fashion Challenge is one for the books. Take a sneak peak below!