In addition to shopping the pre-owned market, another way to practice sustainable fashion is to swap clothing with stylish friends. August was a low shopping month for me both in volume kept and amount spent (~$20 for these pants and this outfit), with discipline exercised at my usual favorite stores. However, I had plenty of fun reworking thrifted pieces and playing around with borrowed items.
I got to hang out with Elle again last month, and she was so kind to remember my infatuation with her SM for Target pieces from ages ago. I was bummed that the beautiful, petite-friendly collection was only made for Target in Australia. This girly, low-cut top fit me like a glove, so I wanted to balance it out against more conservative pieces with clean, tailored lines. These old trousers and blazer did the trick.
I like certain H&M blazers for their fitted shoulders and torso, but oftentimes the sleeves are disproportionately wide/long, or have distracting details like ruching. It takes me hours to alter lined sleeves (tutorial here), but this partially-lined jacket only needed slimming and a snipping of the elastics. Even though it saved me some sewing time, I do wish the sleeves weren't awkwardly half-lined:
When I used to pay for alterations, I almost never had sleeves slimmed. The shortening itself was already a hefty $25, so any extra width was "overlooked." I eventually realized, however, that baggy, floofy sleeves definitely detract from an overall sleek look:
Here's another before and after look on the sleeves. The soft Doctor and Barber tee peeking out is one of my faves - it was designed and screen printed by my friend Ping's boyfriend (and can be ordered for men or women for $30).
I loved the blue version of this necklace and strongly resisted a duplicate in pearl. I regretted it for a while, but eventually had my share of fun with Elle's. It probably was for the best, as I don't think my coworkers' eyes could've withstood prolonged wear of such bling : )
Readers - Have you participated in local or online clothing swaps? If so, I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences.