Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cheap Fashionista Inspiration (What I Wore Wednesday)

I am so loving linking up with the pleated poppy's What I Wore Wednesday (wiww). WWIW link up was started by blogger/business woman extraordinaire, Lindsey, as a "fun way for us to encourage each other to simply get dressed each day, and get out of our pj’s or yoga pants."  
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Knowing that I am committing to a fashion post has made me think about fashion more and have fun.  And I have to say, I never really knew how resourceful I can be until these posts.  I've closet shopped a lot.  I've bargain shopped.  I've even gotten a little crafty and people I am not crafty.  But anything for cheap fashion right?

The above/first look:
Dress (seen in other wiww posts) Target price under $30
Belt (also seen in other wiww posts) Borrowed from daughter's closet
Flower Pin I made it from an old vacation bible school T-shirt (check out my super, non crafty person flower pin tutorial below)

Second Look:

Target Clearance Aisle Finds!
Dress $5.98
Mini Cardi $7.98
Shoes 10-year-old Kohl's purchase

This experience is making me take chances with color that I would never have before.  So fun. 

Third Look
Dress Gap thrift shop find for $5.00
Scarf Francesca's Collection $11.00
Bracelet Francesca's Collection $5.00
Shoes Kohl's under $30

Flower Pin Tutorial
***I have looked up this process on many a blog out there.  This is my own version which mashes up several other very crafty bloggers' versions.  I'm in no way trying to steal ideas, just trying to share how to make them your own.  I am also sharing that if I can do this ANYONE can.

Do you have a million vacation bible school T-shirts, little league shirts, camp shirts, etc. from your kids' oh so busy lives that you have no idea what to do with?  

Here's what you need:

-An old T-shirt. (This happens to be mine from last year's vacation bible school kitchen volunteering job.) 



-Tacky Glue or any fabric glue

-Safety Pin (not pictured)

First Step:
Cut the shirt into small-ish squares.
The best part about this project is that you totally don't have to cut straight lines or perfect squares, which is good because I've never been able to do either.

Get that Sharpie out and draw a flower-ish shape which will be used as your pattern.  My assistant, 8-year-old daughter, informed me my flower-ish shapes are called "cartoonish flowers" via her seemingly very serious art teacher.  
And now:
Start cutting those "cartoonish" flowers out.

Your next move:
Grab a scrap (or you can cut a piece of T-shirt into a circle) for your base.  Start folding your cut outs into thirds and get gluing people.

Are you still with me?
Keep gluing. Round and round, fill in until a flower-ish shape starts to form.  

Final Move:
Grab that safety pin and add it to any outfit for a pop of color.

The whole process really only takes 20 minutes.  
And that's my cheap fashionista tip of the month.

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  1. I love your outfits! So fun and cute. You've got great style and I love the affordable prices. That's my kind of shopping! Nice pin too. ;-)

  2. Love it! You look amazing in the 3rd pic, with all that pink!

  3. So cute! My favorite one is the first with the black and pink. The flower is awesome too! My favorite thing is to closet and bargain shop! Great job.

  4. Thanks for the tip as I am not crafty but I think I could manage that! Color suits you well and I know that I have stepped outside the box when I started participating in WIWW.