|Alternative hoodie, Club Monaco tee shirt, Madewell jeans,|
Dior sunglasses (different color), Chan Luu necklace (old),
3.1 Phillip Lim handbag (old), Jenni Kayne shoes (different color)
Because I like expressing myself through style, I believe customizing one’s clothing and accessories is a great way to add flair to any ensemble. In this bespoke outfit, I altered both the hoodie and jeans and am excited to have clothing no one else possesses.
A trend I’ve noticed lately is the proliferation of iron-on appliqués on clothing and accessories. Though I’ve looked at many pieces, none of them were right for me. When I saw that the patches were available for sale, I immediately scooped some up and bought a grey hoodie so I could partake in the trend. The appliqués on the top are a homage to the Queen/David Bowie collaboration, Under Pressure and the peace sign is something I bought because I liked it. They were beyond easy to apply-I just ironed them with a hot iron.
The jeans took a bit more time to customize, but the process was fairly easy. Because I wanted them to have an uneven hem, I first measured 1 inch from the hem at the seams and marked them with pins. Then, using a seam ripper, I removed all stitching at and below the marking pins. I then drew a straight line (on the jeans' wrong side between the seams 1 inch from the hem) and cut the jeans' front panel. Though I haven’t done it yet, at some point I’ll reinforce the seams using a sewing machine so the seams don’t open more.
One might ask how this outfit ties together. The visible buttons on the jeans are a great throwback to the 1970’s and early 1980’s when peace signs, David Bowie and Queen were popular. Though this outfit is very casual, there are days when a tee shirt, jeans and hoodie are appropriate and adding nice shoes and jewelry elevates the look.
|Though these patches are no longer available, visit Madewell.com accessories|
or SteveMadden.com mix and patch to see more appliqués. Click here and here
to see examples of other patches
|the hoodie before|
|the hoodie after|
|the jeans before|
|the jeans after|
|the uneven hem on me!|