I’ve been waiting a while to complete all the elements of this outfit, and, inspired by a very successfully altered pair of old jeans (because no jeans I buy fit me, seriously), I finally got around to altering the pair of pleather shorts I bought a year ago from Cotton On. They gaped something terrible in the back/waist, but they were already pretty tight around the hips, so I went to a tailor to inquire how much it would cost to get them fixed.
After stabbing a million pins into the shorts, I couldn’t even pull them off me anymore because they were so tight! They also gave me a quote of seven times more than the shorts initially cost me. I wanted to tell them “Are you out of your freaking minds?”, but I just calmly pulled all the pins out and ran for my life.
Okay, so I had to fix them myself. I needed to take out the zip and tighten it around that area instead, because the way the tailor wanted to do it, it would never fit up my hips again. And guess what? I survived and I managed to fix them myself, and they no longer gape around the waist (or at least as badly as they used to, but it can’t be helped or I won’t be able to pull them up my legs). I still hold my breath every time I put these shorts on because I worry that one day, I’ll have gained 10g per buttcheek and that’ll finally be too much for these babies, but for now I’m pretty happy.
People—if you’re good at sewing, buy cheapo clothes that fit you bad but have potential and fix them up yourselves. Sometimes you can really save yourself a packet! Or even alter your existing clothes that no longer fit anymore, go DIY if you can—there’s nothing cheaper.
Giant bow hairband: Diva, $1
Omega choker: Equip, $5
Cuff bracelet: Equip, $5
Shirt: ASOS, $15
Singlet: Big W, $3
Pleather shorts: Cotton On, $5 (AWESOME, RIGHT?)
Stockings: Woolworths, $2
( Watch: Gift from Michael; and bag: Gift from somebody that I used to know )
Grand total: $36!
I paired this outfit with my pleather army boots from Andy and I was stylin’ and ready for a day of shopping.
Something ironic just occurred to me today: I’ve been living like a hermit as of late because of my studies, so I’m basically shopping nowadays to buy an outfit for when I go shopping. I think that’s the definition of un-frugal right there.
So I snuck in yet another trip to the shops shortly after my hairband fiasco (my wallet still cries from the memories, it demands to know why anyone could need that many hairbands, and judging from the looks the girl at the counter gave me, she must have been pretty curious too). Can you blame me? I’m an obsessed woman on a budget.
There weren’t a lot of deals about, truthfully. I looked at Equip for what must have been the millionth time in the span of two months—yes, they were still selling that necklace that I was lusting over, and yes, it was still full price and at $25 (it’s the fifth one down, “Extra Long Tassels” ). Now it was beyond me why someone would ruin that necklace with those tassels, but having been after a wide Omega necklace for some time now, I have been stalking this shop like a crazed ex-girlfriend.
For now though, I stumbled upon the perfect replacement, and it was cheap, too!
In the heart of Carindale, tucked between a Millers and a Bras N Things, was the cheap accessories store called “Jezebel Jewellery”.
They had absolutely charming little things for sale, though the majority of the fashions were not very on-trend, but pretty all the same. What initially caught my eye was their $5 special on mirrors; they had the most beautiful, delicate makeup mirrors! But.. unfortunately I didn’t need them, cute as they were.
Still, there’s no harm in looking at the other pretty shinies, right??
Hallelujah, lo and behold, after a few minutes of browsing, I found something that immediately sparked my interest.
Oh my gosh, an Omega necklace.. just for me, and priced oh-so-right at $2!! Well, I simply had to have it, and that was that. You’ll see further details on how I incorporate this baby into an outfit very soon!
This necklace is both available in silver and gold, though those with thicker-set necks should steer away from them—I wouldn’t say I was particularly “fatter” than most average girls, but it was a struggle not to cut myself on the ends when putting on this necklace and trying not to stretch it out at the same time.
I also had a bit of time to pop into Big W and something that caught my eye were the absolutely adorable trends in the girls’ section right now. Yes.. the girls’ section. Not the women’s section; note the difference, because I do a lot of shopping in both of those sections and they are not equal in the least!
This particular day, they were having a sale where there were several items in this section reduced to clear. In this sale, I picked up the most adorable paper bag shorts in a lovely ocean blue colour for $10. There were only a couple of these and I was very, very thankful that I could squeeze into the size 14’s, though barely (remember, girls’ size 14, not women’s!). I’ll be trying to incorporate them into an outfit soon, but I definitely have some ideas swirling in my head.
Keep an eye out for them!
Until next time, happy bargain hunting!