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Upcycled Silk Shirt for Earth Day!

Occasion: appointment with client
Dress Code: casual
Outdoor Temps: 85°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: DIY Upcycled men's silk shirt, Brahmin bag, Cult of Individuality cutoff men's jeans shorts, Tory Burch sandals, vintage earrings.

Happy Earth Day, everyone! In celebration, today's outfit post is made of 100% recycled materials. This happens more often than you might think, since I also love love love to shop at flea markets and about 85% of my entire wardrobe is pre-loved.

Shopping secondhand can be daunting and time-consuming, if you don't know where to go or what you're looking for, so were's a rundown of what came from where:

  • Vintage earrings - antique mall
  • Men's silk shirt - flea market
  • Brahmin bag - Ebay
  • Men's jeans-turned-bermuda-shorts - flea market
  • Tory Burch sandals - flea market

Shopping secondhand is a fabulous way to keep a fresh and varied - yet green! - wardrobe. Resale stores help keep textile waste out of landfills, and the benefits to you just keep on coming. You can experiment with different colors and styles for less money, have access to a gigantic time capsule of different styles no longer available in stores, find great quality items that you might not otherwise be able to afford, and be exposed to brands you may have never considered before based on their brick-and-mortar presence. 

Other awesome places to find preowned items that are a bit more curated (which can save time and act as a fabulous first step for new thrifters) are resale boutiques like Wasteland, Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads, and local consignment stores. Online venues include places like ThreadUp, Ebay, and designer resale companies like The Real Real. All of these types of stores also promote a green world by a) buying your old stuff from you and b) offering you more money in store credit than cash.

And if you're interested in the shirt DIY, I was inspired by items like this Faith Connection Tie-Sleeve skirt, which provide a fun twist on the flannel-tied-around-the-waist look. Something inside me really loves the ridiculousness of decorative waist sleeves. For the DIY:

  • Choose a shirt that is a bit too wide for you to give you room to cinch it with your sleeves later.
  • Carefully remove sleeves just outside of the shoulder seam. This will prevent your shoulders from unraveling and fraying.
  • Hold a sleeve up near your waist to determine ideal placement for your body.
  • Turn the shirt inside out!
  • Use a seam ripper to gently undo the threads on the side of the shirt where you want to attach your sleeves. 
  • Leaving the sleeves right-side out, slip one at a time into the body of the shirt through the seam-ripped slits you just made. 
  • Line up the cut edge of the sleeve with the inside seam of the shirt body. Pin and sew!
  • Turn the shirt right-side out again, and enjoy. 

Now let's all go thrift shopping, and have a happy Earth Day!