I purchased this JCrew sweatshirt from a thrift store about a year ago. I happened to stop by on a day when I could fill a bag for $10, no matter what I put in the bag. So $10 later, I had a shopping bag full of shirts and dresses, including this number. To confess, I threw a few things in my bag that I didn’t end up wearing and donated to another thrift store a few months later. Even at no extra cost, I still wasn’t proud that I collected extra clothing I didn’t wear because someone else may have enjoyed it more than me (and it took up precious space in my closet for it’s temporary stay with me). It just felt wasteful. But at least it ended up back at another thrift store where it could be loved again by someone new.
I wore the sweatshirt only once for a Girls’ Night – Pinterest Style earlier this spring. Several years ago, I made myself three belts (white, black and gray) with some rope from a craft store and two beads (really simple). But the style of the belts never looked right with anything in my closet ~ until I finally wore the black belt earlier this week with a blue and black floral top (with the black shorts). Needless-to-say, this shirt and belt spent far too much time collecting dust in my closet, and I just couldn’t part with them (despite being a pretty diligent donor of extra things I don’t use). All that changed when I saw Christy’s outfit last week ~ the perfect inspiration for a super simple DIY to refashion this shirt and belt into a graphic sweatshirt of sorts. (I actually saw a woman wearing the exact same outfit Christy wore at the Fuerza Bruta show in NYC last week – apparently they share great style.)
After about 30 minutes with a bottle of fabric glue and a few hand stitches near the ends of the rope to give it a bit of extra security, I owned a fun, new, one of a kind sweatshirt. Surely it might be a bit funky, but it’s original. I plan to check back with myself in a month or two to see if I still like it, or if by then I just think it’s weird…
I finished the outfit off with some gray accents to complement the design on the sweatshirt. Just a simple look for a day at home with The Little Guy. Enjoy!
Sweatshirt – JCrew (thrifted, refashioned); Pants – JCrew outlet;