Give Your Old Clothes New Life

Have we talked about my shopping addiction? It was probably apparent when I mentioned that I owned over 200 dresses. I broke my shopping habit long before going zero waste, but joining the movement has definitely helped reinforce it. I have conditioned myself out of buying clothing as a hobby. Unfortunately when I purchase anything for myself I feel overwhelmingly guilty. I’m still working on finding that happy medium. 

Short top to go with high waisted shorts, pants or skirts, and a draw string boat skirt.

Short top to go with high waisted shorts, pants or skirts, and a draw string boat skirt.

Striped tunic and a left over scrap of fabric. It's too pretty to be a rag... any ideas? 

Striped tunic and a left over scrap of fabric. It's too pretty to be a rag... any ideas? 

In the past I would plan outfits, try on multiple pieces, spend time fixing my hair, applying makeup, and making sure everything coordinated. It was exhausting. After my sophomore year of college I took a 3 week hiking trip out west and it completely changed my world. I rolled out of bed, brushed my hair, and lived out of a duffle bag. There was no need for makeup, no need for straightners or curling irons. I realized my hair looks fine, I didn't need lots of makeup, and I certainly didn’t need 200 dresses. 

Lacoste was my favorite designer; I feel like at one point I've owned every color polo available. Preppy has always been my style. I like classic cuts, clean lines, and vintage inspiration with a tiny boho flair. Lacoste has always fit me reall well. All of my friends and family knew I liked Lacoste; so, I got a lot of Lacoste as gifts from my favorite oversized beach towels to argyle socks to the most amazing maroon high waisted shorts. 

I have two dresses dresses from 5-6 years ago that are a little too short. They were both gifts and have sentimental attachment. I love the look, the comfy 100% cotton fabric, and the colors. I couldn't stand to part with them or let them sit in my closet gathering dust. So, I took them to the alteration shop. Now I have two new tops, a skirt, and this mystery piece of fabric. I’m so excited to wear them again!

What do you think? And, what should I do with that striped scrap of fabric? 

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