Today is National Thrift Store Day, so in honor of that, I wanted to share with you my thrifting story. I always love to hear about how people get into thrift shopping because everyone has their own story, so why not share mine?
Today I want to share 3 ways that you can wear a dress after it’s been shrunk in the dryer. This dress below was from my fill-a-bag sale at Goodwill a while ago. After I picked out a few cute things that I wanted, I just started stuffing clothes in the bag without trying them on. I picked out this striped dress and when I tried it on at home, I realized that someone must have shrunk it in the dryer and ended up giving it away. Well, I always believe that someone’s trash can be someone else’s treasure, and since the dress was basically free, I wanted to get some use out of it. Here are 3 ways that I like to wear my shorter dresses.
2.) Wear it with leggings. Wearing this dress as a tunic with leggings gives it a more casual feel. I love throwing on leggings and boots under a dress for work. It always gives the appearance that I dressed up, but really I feel like I’m wearing pajamas.
3.) Risk it and wear it on its own. Sometimes in the summertime, it gets so hot that I don’t care how short my dress is. If you do wear a short dress, I recommend wearing it with flat shoes. I also like to wear some shorts under my shorter dresses. What I do is take an old pair of leggings that I never wear and cut them to wear as bike shorts under my dresses. This is a great trick for moms with little ones and definitely teachers, specially preschool teachers!
If you don’t have any cute dress that you’ve shrunk up on your own. Here are some fun stripe dresses that you could style up. All under $20!!
Step 2: I used a white eye shadow to mark where I wanted to make the cut. (I read to use eye shadow instead of a marker or pencil because it washes out easily.)
Step 3: Once you have your spots marked, start cutting.
Step 4: After you’ve made your cuts, use your fingers to fray the material a little until you see the white fibers.
Step 5: Once you’ve frayed the ends, you will be able to see the blue fiber ends. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue fibers out. This is the time-consuming part. I recommend you do this part in your bathroom or somewhere you can easily clean it up because it gets a little messy.
Step 6: Once you’re done with one hole, move on to the next and do the same technique until you’re done. I was very pleased with how my second pair of jeans turned out. Now a pair of jeans that I was ready to put in my Goodwill bag a month ago are my new favorite pair of jeans.
I hope that was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to help!