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Getting Graphic

RayBan_Marc by Marc Jacob_Gap_Banana Republic_coverA few posts ago, I gave you some insight into my wardrobe purging habits. Before sending items to their new homes (goodwill, consignment store, a cousin) or death sentence (trash) I try to give them a second chance. Like the time I turned a pair of old jeans into distressed denim shorts. About a year ago, I bought my first maxi skirt which I brought on my trip to Israel. I loved it. The print, the ease of wear, the perfect length. Well, upon my return to the States, one cycle through the wash and dryer shrunk the darn thing. It was a bit tight in hips and the length wasn’t so perfect anymore (I prefer that it slightly skims the ground that I walk on). So into the closet it went. Until recently, I decided to give it another try; on a date with my girl Mo (Belle of the Bean). It was after that wear that I decided it was time for the skirt to go.

But even before it landed in the purge pile, I decided to put it on one more time. I was tugging at it, pulling it up and down. Then a light bulb went off. I pulled it all the way up, folded it over and voila! A midi length dress!! With the help of a slightly padded bra (I’m not ashamed!), the skirt, er dress, stayed put. The maxi skirt was saved from its doom. This was what I wore on that very hot Father’s Day.

I used to be a skirt……..


What other re-purposing ideas have you used in the past? I’d love to hear about it!

Outfit Details:

Mirrored Aviators: Ray-Ban from Piperlime, $93. These are no longer available on Piperlime but found them on, $119.99. If you are looking for something at a lower price point, you may like the two-toned Aviator Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, $14.

Necklaces: The charm that is a silhouette of a girl was a gift my mom gave me when I was probably in middle school. The cameo charm was given to my by a friend, who found it at an outdoor market. I strung it with a Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace. When the dial spins, it spells out ‘I Love You’, $10 (old).

Maxi skirt (dress): Gap (old). Check out Gap’s 4-in-one dresses! They can be worn as a strapless maxi, strapless midi, strapless mini or foldover maxi skirt. Use code TREAT and save 30% thru 6/19.

Lace Bracelets: Cruciani, both presents from friends who visited Italy. They can be purchased at Bauble Bar, starting at $16.

Rings: (1) Midi RingBauble Bar, $16 (purchased with my vault points!). The midi solitaire duo is still available, $32; (2) Gold Bands: gifts from the rents.

Neon Lace Slingbacks: Banana Republic (very old). I’d say they are pushing 7-8 years.

6 Comments on Getting Graphic

  1. Sam
    June 19, 2014 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

    SO creative! Love this skirt as a dress! I never would have known 🙂


    • Linda
      June 20, 2014 at 7:16 am (4 years ago)

      thanks sam! you know how it goes, the wedding expenses are rolling in, so gotta get creative on how not to spend too much on clothing!

  2. Amy
    June 23, 2014 at 11:10 am (4 years ago)

    love the skirt as a dress too! it’s got such a great pattern and looks perfect with the neon heels.

    • Linda
      June 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

      thanks amy! i guess i couldnt part with the darn thing!

  3. Julie Khuu
    June 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm (4 years ago)

    I love a simple sundress for casual days out, it’s the accessories that get all the action! Loving this look paired 2 ways- great use of color!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

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    • Linda
      June 25, 2014 at 7:11 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks girl! Love re-purposing my clothes, helps with saving some $$!