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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Snip, snip! Look, a new outfit

This shirt was a dress before Kameel showed it the way it needed to be all along.

This shirt was a dress before Kameel showed it the way it needed to be all along.



I admire people who take scissors to their clothes and turn them into something more fabulous. Brave, creative people like Kameel.

(Look, there's no rule that says your outfit cannot be featured twice in one week.)

Like my fear of drastic hairstyles, I worry about cutting into fabric of, say, an old bridesmaid's dress or a pair of jeans with ragged hems even though something better could emerge. Yes, even though whatever happens will not be the worst thing in the world.

Not Kameel, nor a lot of other brave, creative people I know. 

For years, a flouncy Marshalls dress with a modern floral print tantalized Kameel from her closet -- too short for work, too fancy for dinner.

So this morning, she cut it below the seam at the waist, including the bulky pockets (sorry, no before picture) (and also, sorry, it feels kind of wrong to talk about cutting out pockets). She tucked it into a thrifted pencil skirt with a purple accent belt.

The result: A classy blouse suited for shirt-skirt office combos. And, bonus! We discovered the modified dress also works as a peplum shirt.

I'm throwing this out there mainly to hear more success stories. What item was a closet meh before you DIY-ed it into fabulosity? Share success stories, share pictures!

Should we have a Thrift Store Reinvention Challenge? Here are some Pinterest search results to get us started.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 4:05pm]


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