It's no shock, that I cannot get enough of revamping my wardrobe lately. I've cut, bleached, dyed, and altered pretty much every single thing that I own in the span of a few months. I've always done DIY projects here, and there, but, the frequency of X-acto blade usage has been off the charts thus far. I've been seeing tons of distressed clothing trends recently, but, I can't be the only one who absolutely refuses to spend more than $2 on a ripped shirt. It could be the cheapskate in me, but, spending hundreds of dollars on ripped clothing is just never going to happen. There is a reason most of my outfit posts have revolved around DIYs, and it's simply because, I'm going through a transitional period in my closet, where I have too much of everything, and I don't really want to wear any of it. It's a frustrating, yet fun problem to try and solve, because instead of buying a ton of new things, I am forcing myself to come up with new ways to wear what I have. These pants and tshirt were both an inch from being donated recently, before I saw the potential to make them both something I'd actually enjoy wearing, and that fit my style a bit more. The tshirt is one that I've had for over five years, and I think I've worn it a total of five times. I love the hole-y, worn-out, vintage tshirt look, so instead of chucking this in the donate box, I sliced some holes in it, splashed some bleach here and there, and voilà, homemade grunge.
The pants were another item that I had, but that I never really wore, unless everything I wanted to wear was in the dirty laundry. I did want to give them one last chance, before getting rid of them, because I really do love the length, and the zipper detail on the sides. Distressing them actually gave them new life! I tried them on with a variety of shoes and tops, and was pleaseantly surprised on how versatile they are now. Needless to say, they've earned their place back in my closet.I wore this outfit today while we were out and about in DC earlier. Believe it or not, today is the first official day of Summer, but the overcast sky didn't get the memo. Not that I need overcast skies to justify wearing #AllBlackEverything, or anything, but, the cool air, and lack of melting, was actually a nice change for today. I paired both of my DIY pieces together, and added a crisp, structured vest to juxtapose all of the grunginess going on. The gold bib necklace adds some much-needed luxe, and a bit of a bohemian touch to my outfit, while black boots and my Fauxlenciaga round off the look, adding a bit of edge.
I have to say, I love being able to recreate trends, and I love it even more when I don't have to look any further than my own closet.
Vest: Forever21 // Tshirt: Forever 21 (DIY) // Jeans: Forever 21 (DIY) // Necklace: H&M // Boots: Shoedazzle // Bag: Ebay // Sunnies: Ray Ban Clubmaster 51mm