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Friday, April 30, 2010

Vintage brooches dress up a clearance shirt!

I got this cute gray knit shirt from TJ Maxx the other day for $12.99. As you can see, it has flowers made of the same fabric stitched onto it, which seems to be a pretty popular trend in clothing right now...very romantic, flowy type of vibe.  As soon as I tried it on, I knew this shirt was begging for me to add some vintage brooches to it! I don't know why or how, but I instantly visualized it that way. I think it's because I'm so attracted to all those necklaces made with vintage or looks-like-vintage costume jewelry, such as the one from Anthropologie below, and they are typically really expensive (maybe I could just make my own?)...however, I did find a gorgeous one for only $18 on, which is a sister site to the cosmetics company e.l.f., from which I just ordered a 22-item haul for only $20!!! But that's a post for next week when my order comes in. ;) 


Anyway, I'm getting married this fall, and part of a wedding decor haul I got from a great girl on Craigslist included several pieces of vintage costume jewelry that I haven't decided what I want to do with I got out a couple of those brooches and one that came on a pair of pants I bought a few years ago and pinned them into the centers of the fabric flowers. Voila! Instant customization, and now it's no longer just a plain ole gray shirt. Who says fashion has to be expensive anyway? (Hint: use lightweight brooches on knit fabric, or else the weight will be too much for the thin fabric to hold upright.)

Do you customize your clothes? If so, how?

P.S. I am also hoping to learn screen printing soon so I can start printing our T-shirt designs myself! So even more customization. :)

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shybiker said...

Cute knit shirt and jewelry. You have great taste!

erwicker said...

the jewelry is so cute! love it!

vintage brooches said...

love the cute jewelry!

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