The following scene is inspired by a true story:
The scene is set in your bedroom. It’s the morning and your outfit is all picked out, but you realize there is a huge hole in the sleeve of your shirt. It’s not near a seam, and there’s no way you could mend it without it being completely noticeable. The problem is – you love this shirt. Like, a lot. You can’t bear to toss it or donate it just yet, so you stick it back in your closet.
A week later, you’re struck with an idea. “I’ll just cut the sleeves off!” you exclaim! You take the sleeves off at the seam, and you are left with a new shirt! Sure, it’s not new new, but it works for you!
I’ve got a confession: That same exact thing happened to me a couple weeks ago. I went to wear this white top that I loved, but I found a huge hole in the forearm area of the sleeve. I was heartbroken, but I had that lightbulb moment a little over a week later. And friends, the shirt looks just as good, if not better, as a sleeveless top!
We live in a materialistic society with a love for fast fashion, and so much of our wardrobe gets thrown out because of a hole or a snag. The thing is, the apparel industry is one of the leading causes of pollution and waste. I know a lot of you will say, “Oh, that’s why I donate to Salvation Army and Goodwill!”, and while those are both great companies that provide so much for people in need, they often get way too much inventory than they know what to do with.
So while I urge you to continue donating both monetary and material items (especially during the holiday season), I also urge you to consider why you’re donating your clothing. If you can do anything to repurpose it, or if you can hand it down to another family member, I think you should. Obviously I can’t tell you what to do, and this is just my opinion, but it’s something to think about!
Anyway, I didn’t really mean to make this post a rant or anything, I just wanted to share that I did a cool thing with my shirt! If you’re interested in seeing pre-alteration photos of it, you can check out this post!
What I’m Wearing
Top Free People // Skirt Free People // Jacket Zara
Boots Candie’s // Bag Elliot Lucca
Have you ever done anything to restyle or repurpose your clothing? Let me know in the comments!
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