Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes
When shopping at thrift stores, most likely nothing will fit you perfectly, just like this skirt my friend Tiff picked out. It would barely stay above my hips, making for a highly inappropriate photo, hence this “subway style” shoot below. I stopped by Salvation Army on “Family Day” again so I got my pieces for half off. This skirt was $1.99 (originally $3.99). It has some great buttons that I wanted to try to include in the look, but it ended up being too preppy for me with what I ended up making, so I’ll save them for a later project. Lucky for me, a set in stain came included with the skirt! I have no idea what it was and I have no intent to find out. But I made a trip to the Dollar Tree to pick up some “Awesome”. It is basically the cleaning solution of the Gods and can get almost any stain out.
Since the skirt was huge, I knew I didn’t want to keep the skirt as is. I literally just put the skirt on me like a cape and it was like the heavens had spoken. I cut the waistband off and took the pockets out. My friend had to help me with some sewing techniques, as you may remember, I am not an expert sewer. Luckily, my friend Alison is and expert sewer, being the amazing costume design major that she is. But I gathered the top after cutting off the waistband and just cut and hemmed slits for my arms at the length I wanted them. When I was looking up cape inspirations, I found some really cool elaborate ones ( see Rag & Bone cape on my pinterest) and simple, but elegant ones (check out le fashion). I really wanted to add fringe, but I didn’t find a fringe that I felt really worked with the cape, so I opted to keep it simple and chic. I also apologize for my hair, it was a long day, so all my lovely baby hairs came out to play.
Top: JCPenney, I heart ronson line
Pants: BCBG via Marhsall’s
Shoes: Urban Outfitters, similar
Belt: Hand-me-down from my Aunt again
Purse: Prada (My friends mom gave it away to me because she received it as a gift and didn’t want it! Someone’s trash is another’s very expensive, luxurious treasure!
Happy thrifting! xo