When I go thrifting, I get super excited when I see a cute print peeking out of the mass of dresses. Most of the time when I pull it out I get a major let down when I see that it is a frumpity old thing. Well, I decided to change my philosophy for those sad dresses and I'm sure glad I did. Now, when I find one, I pull it out and add it to my 'try on' pile. When I head to the dressing room, here are the things I check for:
- Is the top of the dress reasonably fitted?
- If not, can a pleasing shape be achieved with a belt (I always make sure to bring a belt with me to the dressing room)?
- Would this dress be super cute if I cut a little bit off the bottom (and removed the shoulder pads, in some cases)?
- Are the other qualities of the dress appealing (like the neckline, print, presence of pockets, and material)?
If the answer is 'yes' to all of these questions, then I put it in my 'to buy' pile. With a quick snip of the scissors and addition of a belt, this dress got a complete makeover. (Plus, you can save the length you cut off and use it as a sash/belt!) I love it! Really, cutting some length off is all the time and effort I'm prepared to invest in modifying my thrifted clothes at this (busy) point in my life, but I feel like the outcome is great!
I'm really impatient when it comes to DIY's, however, and since I got this dress for less than $5, I've decided not to hem it. And I'm not going to feel bad about it either, ha - the raw edges add an extra playful element to it (in my opinion). If the fraying ever gets too severe, I can always go back and hem it (or not, you know, whatever).
dress, belt, purse - thrifted ; tights - Target ; boots - JCPenny