Nifty Thrifting

(Image above: wardrobe image found at the blog, Le Quaintrelle)

What inspires me about this wardrobe photo other than the warm glow of a sunrise (or is that sunset?) and the pastorally picturesque background is how her dress is not exactly what it seems at first glance. When you click on this image from her blog, you are taken to her Flickr account, where she reveals that her ‘dress’ is actually an extra-extra-large shirt that she’s thrifted. I admire her ingenuity in taking a garment that wouldn’t fit her if used for its express purpose and making it work for her in another way.

Sometimes when we shop for thrifted or vintage items, it’s necessary to view things at a creative angle  – to see something that catches our fancy and figure out a way to make it work, even if it’s not necessarily the right size.  Keep an eye on our one of a kind vintage items, and see if you can take a long shirt and style it as a dress for yourself if you’re small, or wear a short dress as a shirt if you’re tall. The possibilities are endless with a little imagination!

Have you had to get artistic with clothing you’ve found? We’d love to hear about it.


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    Leighann 08/14/2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I’m 5’7″ and I have a friend who is 5’1″ She recently gave me a beautiful yellow summerdress, that was waaaay too short for me! But I wear it as a shirt with skinnies and its ah-dorable! Yay for being creative! I love what the girl in the pic did with that shirt. It’s so cute! And I am in love with her necklace……

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    Maddi 08/14/2009 at 3:16 pm #

    I repurpose all my dresses as skirts in the winter by throwing t-shirts over them– you get double the outfits! My favorite is a green babydoll summer dress with a tulle skirt that looks fab with a jeweltone tee and black tights.

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    Richard 08/14/2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! These are really interesting solutions for dealing with challenging clothing situations and will give other people some great ideas to work with.

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