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That cheap thing?

08 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing lace sleeves ruffle top, wide belt, neutral sack skirt

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing lace sleeves ruffle top, wide belt, neutral sack skirt

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If you’re like me sometimes you drop serious cash for an item, other times you don’t. The two most popular philosophies when it comes to parting with our cash go something like this: You choose carefully, opting for quality and longevity over quantity, or you want it all and you want it now, where’s the clearance rack?

That’s all fine and dandy, I’m not one to judge. In fact, you might have already spotted me trying to make my way through the H&M clearance racks snagging ten- and fifteen-dollar items like they’re going out of style. They probably are, but that’s not the point.

The point is, not all cheap things need to look so cheap.

Let’s face it, there are tell-tale signs that immediately put what you’re wearing in the cheap camp. I’m going to help you identify them, then I’ll help you fix them. Let’s start with strings. You know those little bits of string that serve no purpose but seem to be hanging for dear life off the edge of your seam or the hem of your skirt? DON’T PULL! Stop right there, get a small pair of sharp scissors and cut them. Conduct a thorough inspection and remove all of them once and for all. Do this before you ever leave the house in that garment.

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Next, check the buttons. Nothing says “bargain” like a bunch of buttons ready to jump ship. Do yourself a favor and invest in small sewing kit. Even a travel kit will do. Secure those cute little things and you’ll be happy for days to come.

So you bought yourself a cute top that came with a fake leather belt that’s cracking and fraying. It’s coming undone before you’ve even worn it. Lose the belt. You probably have a much nicer one in your closet, it’s ok if it’s not the one that came with that top. Really.

That travel sewing kit you just picked up is going to come in really handy when you discover a couple stitches that have come undone. Secure a few stitches on the underside in a matching color and stop the madness of unraveling. In fact, I had to do that to the skirt I’m wearing in the picture above.

Since I’m nit-picking, I’m going to point out a few more things. If your tags have a propensity to make their presence known, lop those puppies off. A seam ripper is my favorite tool to get the job done right. While you’re at it, get rid of those ribbons that help keep your dress on the hanger, too. They’re impossible to manage and tend to become visible just when you’re finally making peace with looking fabulous. Cut them off and get a hanger specifically for that dress. You’ll be much happier not having to fuss with them.

Lastly, pilling. Cheap stuff, expensive stuff, at some point with enough friction and time, it all wants to pill. I know it’s really boring but getting one of those little sweater shavers can bring new life to an old sweater or pair of pants. I found that they work best when tapping the shaver onto the area of the pill gently, over and over again. Going side to side never seems to work as well, it tends to flatten the pills.

There you have it. You made your bargain bin treasure look better and you look well put-together. Now go out there and conquer the world, beautiful!

If you’ve got additional tips or can improve upon any of the above, do share!

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Ivory lace ruffle top/Nordstrom’s, beige skirt/Urban Outfitters, wide belt/Anthropologie, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted. 

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Seam ripper, travel sewing kit, sweater shaver

 
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  1. No Guilt Fashion

    July 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Great tips! Bargain items really can look great if cared for properly.

     
  2. nicole goodman

    July 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Ooo great tips!

     
  3. SACRAMENTO

    July 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

    All good advice, my dear Fabienne.
    Have a grand weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

     
  4. Teresa Hardy

    July 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I have found what works better for me for my cashmere sweaters that pill is NOT the de-piller/shaver thing but a good, hard toothbrush. The cheaper, the better, like the travel kind. Brush at a 45 degree angle to the fabric. It removes pills easily – they catch in the bristles, and at the same time, fluffs up the nap. Too many times with the de-piller/shaver, and you are actually removing the fibers and breaking down the integrity of the fabric.

     
    • Fabienne Jach

      July 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Great idea, Theresa! I’m going try that.
      xo, f

       
  5. Ofelia

    July 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Great tips and even greater and affortable outfit!
    Have a great weekend,

     
  6. Jodi

    July 9, 2011 at 7:07 am

    GREAT post. I also think that some people just have a certain style and can pull off cheap things with style.. and then some people look cheap no matter what they wear (is this not nice to say???)

     
  7. Mode Plus

    July 10, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I adore H&M and they carry various ranges in style/quality still at amazing prices. Who could resist? Love your neutral look.

     
  8. FASHION TALES

    July 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Oh, I think these are wonderful tips, I just saw this. That ruffle top is so romantic and pretty on you. -xo