Thrifted Refashion: Trench Vest

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So a few weeks ago, I showed you guys a Thrifted haul and I told you guys that I was going to transform a few of the things that I purchased.  One of those things was this blue dress.
trench1I know. I know. It’s hideous. And you are probably thinking, what the heck was I thinking, right?  Well, This wouldn’t be “Cheap but Chic” if I couldn’t tell you how to think outside of the box and make something that looks amazing…..for little money of course!  So, trench vests are in! And I love them.  Its such a perfect piece to wear to the office or a casual shopping day.  Here is my inspiration:
karla11Aren’t they chic?!?!? I love trench vests.  So what I did was really easy!
1. Remove sleeves and hem.
2. Update buttons
3. Press
4. Done

trenchOne of things that I looked for when creating this coat was the fabric.  The fabric had to be durable, and it had to be a medium-weight feel like trench coat fabrics are.  Another thing that I looked for was the double breasted button closures. This to me, was a no brainer.  Once I saw this, I immediately thought trench coat! I paired mine with a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and nude pumps.  I allowed my trench vest to get all of the attention in this outfit. I’m definitely excited to add this to my closet.
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trench7Trench Vest: Thrift Store Refashion// Jeans: American Eagle// Tee: Target// Purse: Aldo// Heels: JCP

What are your thoughts on the trench vest? Comment below!

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Thrifted Refashion: Wool Skirt

A couple posts back, I showed you all my thrift haul and I told gave you some insight on how I wanted to refashion or alter a few of the pieces that I picked up.
thrifthaul1When I saw this particular wool skirt, I pictured an older woman wearing this with a matching wool jacket and white botton-up top.  I loved the structure of this skirt but wanted to put a younger spin on it, so the easiest thing to do was to shorten it and pair it with bright fun colors.
woolblogIn the Fall, I throw on black tights with just about everything and with Hanes, they have so many fun prints that take my basic black into something fun and unexpected.  I was sent a few tights to style and I absolutely love them all.  Thank you Hanes!
hanesThe tights that I chose to wear with this outfit are the Hanes Silk Reflections Animal Tights.  They’re modern and it brings an unexpected sexiness to my casual outfit.  Throw on a pair of printed tights and you’ve automatically updated your outfit.
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Thank you Hanes for sponsoring this post.

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Thrift Haul

Hi everyone. So I recently went thrifting and found some great things. I’m super excited to share it with you all and hopefully if you don’t thrift, I’ll inspire you to start.  So in the past few years, thrifting has gotten really popular and so thrift stores have ridiculously started to raise their prices on the things that were DONATED to them. (I’m really mad about that if you can’t tell.) I don’t understand why they do that, but I guess it’s all business.  So, with the things that I purchased, I plan to either make some alterations or do a slight makeover to create something that is currently on trend.  If you follow me on Instagram @cheapbutchic, you will have seen one item I’ve already made over. Anyhow, let’s get started with the haul.

Ok. so when you first see this, you may be slightly scared and think, “What the heck was she thinking?” Well, the number one rule when thrifting is that you must think outside the box.  If you sew, you can take your thrifting up a whole new level because you can recreate and alter your finds. I bought this for $8.99 because I was inspired by this years hottest trend; the sleeveless trench coat. thrifthaul4Here is my inspiration: karla11 I love the way Ashley from FabEllis styled her sleeveless trench coat. ash1 My next thrifted find was this gray wool skirt.  The price for this skirt was $3.99. Wool skirts are a must have for Fall and Winter. This is such a classic piece and it’s must have for cooler weather because it keeps your bum warm.  I plan to shorten it to make it a bit more chic. thrifthaul1Here is my inspiration: Blake+Lively+Cinema+Society+BlackBerry+Bold+zI-FOU1F8eXl

My next thrifted item that I purchased was this long jean skirt. The price for this skirt was $4.99. I do plan on make some minor changes to this skirt as well…well, just a bit of shortening and distressing. thrifthaulHere is my inspiration: jeanskirt1So ofcourse I had to save the best for last.  The retail price on this coat is $220 found HERE. The price for this coat was $29.99, but I paid $22 because my thrift store has a sale every Monday.  This jacket looks brand new and it’s just plain beautiful! No alterations will be made on this coat because it’s perfect as is. I’ll just be dropping it off at my local dry cleaners as with all the rest of these clothes. thrifthaul3Here is my inspiration: plus-size-trench-coatWhat do you think about my finds?  Have you been thrifting lately? If so let me know what you’ve found. I’d love to hear.  Also if you haven’t been thrifting or never been, I hope I’ve inspired you. name

How to Style a Basic Tee

T-shirts are a “must have” in everyone’s wardrobe.  They are extremely comfortable, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re pretty much a classic staple that can be worn years to come.
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pgsCollageSunnies: JCP// Tee: HERE// Blazer: Thrifted// Jeans: American Eagle// Purse: New York// Watch: TJ Maxx// Bracelet: Charlotte Russe// Heels: Target// Scarf: Forever21// Lipstick: MAC’s Ruby Woo

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leopardsmall2leopard3lepcollageEarrings: New York// T-Shirt: HERE// Skirt: DIY (Tutorial HERE)//Purse:  Charming Charlie// Heels: Target// Lipstick: NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice
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Tshirt: HERE// Sunnies: Charlotte Russe// Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Skirt: DIY (Similar tutorial HERE…Use the underlining to the skirt in this tutorial)// Jacket: Don’t Remember// Heels: JustFab// Clutch: DIY (similar tutorial HERE) Lipstick: NYX Lip Cream in Morocco

So ….SOUND OFF!!! Which look was your favorite? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Special THANK YOU to Adrienne for collaborating with me. Such a ridiculously sweet person. Hope to do this again in the future!  XOXO)
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Modernized

 Have you ever walked into a thrift store and looked at something and think “Why would anyone purchase this?” LOL! I know I have…several times!!! Well, over on Pretty Girls Sew, we wanted to challenge you to think outside of the box and refashion a thrifted find.
thriftHere is what I picked up; A kelly green, drop-waisted dress with rusty, gold buttons. Doesn’t it just look so fabulous?! LOL! Not really.  Taking something old and turning it into something beautiful definitely tests your creativity, your sewing skills, and problem solving skills. Imagination is key! So I had sooooo many things in mind for this but it all fell through because of the small amount of fabric that I was working with.  This is where creativity and problem solving comes in. I literally had to take apart almost the entire dress.  I kept a portion of the front button section as is, but everything else had to go.
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Here’s some notes on how I went about creating my finished piece.
1. I removed the sleeves, and bottom pleated skirt.
2. Using my bra as a guide, I created the top portion of the romper.
3. To create a nice and neat finish for the top, I cut out facings and neatly understitched it.
4. It took forever, but I ironed the pleats out of the skirt and turned it into shorts.
5. I really wanted pockets, but don’t have enough fabric so I made faux pockets. (LOL! Nope they aren’t real)
6. The waist was a tad large, but I didn’t want to take away any fabric because my hips are wide, so I added 2 darts in the back instead.
7. When hemming the shorts, I wanted the hem to be thick like most shorts are so that’s what I did.
8. I removed the old, gold buttons and added some nice rustic silver ones.
9. For the back, I created a drop back and added facing for a neat finish.
10. For the straps, I took the sleeves, and cut 1.5 inch strips. I stitched two together to make them long enough and stitched down the sides of each strap.  I made a total of four straps. I criss-crossed it across the back side of the romper attached it the front and side.

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 bo9bo7bo5bo6Head piece: DIY (tutorial coming soon)// Lipstick: Rimmel Kate Moss #17// Romper: DIY// Kimono: TJ Maxx// Heels: Charlotte Russe

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Chic Happens

Happy Saturday everyone!
Is it hot where you are? Because it…is….HOT in Virginia! Good grief!
Ok. So…..who is ready for Back to School?!  My daughter is going into the Kindergarten and she is super excited. I am too!  I’m excited for her to learn and make friends. She is a very social little one. LOL! She is always asking me to take her places and I dread it because I’m such a homebody. 😉 So because school is coming up soon, my kids will be on the blog a bit more than usual. Who doesn’t love cute kids though? I will be featuring some easy back to school looks and DIY’s that you can create for your love bugs.
lj1Me and my daughter have decided that this outfit will be her 1st day of school outfit. My little fashionista has arrived.
ch1So let’s talk about the main purpose of this blog post; these pants. They literally take about 1.5 hours to make. The fabric that I chose was a cotton with a small amount of spandex. You can find it JoAnn Fabrics. You can also use 100% cotton as well. I made them for my son in a previous post and used cotton for his pants. You can check out that post HERE. I am totally going to make several of these style of pants in different prints because they are extremely easy, fast, and I love how many prints I can choose to make these out of.
ch4As you may have noticed about my children’s clothes, I don’t like things to be too childish or too cutesy. I’m more into the modern and bold prints that are simple to pull together. Keep in mind when making kids clothes, that they have to be able to run and play in them as well. So like I said, these pants are perfect for that.
ch5These pants are totally versatile. They can be dressed up or down.  In this particular post, she is dressed down. She can run, jump, and play. In a future post, I’ll show you how you can take these pants and make your baby girl look fancy. Hence the title of this blog “Cheap but Chic”. In all honesty, these pants do look expensive. Don’t they? They were just under $10 to make though.
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Jean Jacket: Thrifted// Tshirt: DIY// Pants: DIY// Glasses: Target// Hair Bow: Forever21// Converse: Converse Outlet

Did I convince you to make some of these for your kids yet?  If not, more posts to come.

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Americana

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you are all in good health.
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So every Summer, I run into thrift stores and I grab a few pairs of jeans and turn them into shorts because let’s be real, who in the world wants to spend over $20 on some shorts that you can distress at home?! Not me!  I purchased these Levi pants in the Men’s section at the thrift store.  I remember doing a post about thrifting when I first started blogging and the #1 rule I mentioned was to be open minded.  These “men’s” jeans are the perfect fit and surprisingly high-waist jeans. This cheap and easy look is everywhere and it’s extremely comfortable. My brother, whom some of you may know, has a men’s fashion blog and has recently posted an easy-to-follow tutorial on making your own distressed shorts. In the video, he features 2 styles that you can choose to create.  I will link the video at the bottom of this post.  But, for now, here is what I am wearing for the 4th (until I slip into some comfortable flats ofcourse!). rwb3rwb2rwb6rwb4rwb5rwb8Tshirt: Target// Sunnies: Target// Hoop Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Shorts: Thrift store + DIY// Heels: Zara

DIY Cut-Off Shorts Tutorial:

Have Fun and always, always, always, Be Safe! Hugs & Kisses!
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Illusions

Are you trying to lose weight but the pounds aren’t falling off fast enough?  Are you losing the weight, but can’t seem to tell?  This skirt is for you! Last year, the illusion dresses was pretty popular.  It gave the illusion that you were slimmer than you really were.  Celebrities were seen everywhere on the red carpets and events sporting this look.celebs

This pattern gives the same effect, but the best part is, it’s customizable!  I was able to choose whatever print I wanted; solid or bold. (View D)
m6711pic The skirt was pretty easy to make as usual.  The waistband I think was the most time consuming, because I had to stitch it by hand.  I think it came out pretty nice though. What do you think?  Scroll below to see the easy to follow tutorial.
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Leopard Printed Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Top: Thrift Store
Clutch: Shop My Clozet
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Heel Sleeves: Shop My Clozet

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Make a Statement w/ a Boring Tee (For Men & Women)

We have so many t-shirts lying around our house. Why not transform them into something that makes a statement.  I joined up with my little brother, Joshua, (owner of Victor Alexander Co.) on this DIY and we both decided that this week we will give you a little taste of our style and how we would refashion a boring t-shirt.

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circletagmen T-Shirt: DIY
Jeans: Hollister
Kenneth Cole Boots: Macy’s
Victor Alexander Tote: Follow Instagram @victoralexanderco
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circletagwomen T-Shirt: DIY
Black Knit Fabric: JoAnn’s Fabrics
Belt: Thrifted
Black & White Transparent Clutch: Shop my Clozet
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We had a lot of fun filming this DIY. We hope that you all enjoy it as much as we did.  Remember, if you decide to recreate this DIY, tag us on Instagram
@cheapbutchic
@victoralexanderco

Did you enjoy this collaboration I did with my little brother?  Please comment below. We would both love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by.
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Fashion Challenge of the Week

What better way to start off a new year than to THRIFT!!!  I’m sure that most of your New Year’s resolutions are to start saving money.  The love of fashion for a lot of us burns a lot of our cash so why not thrift.  I am all about thrifting.  You can save loads of money and you are able to basically find your self by recreating your own style by what you find in thrift stores.  If you have never thrifted a day in your life, start today and see what hidden treasures are in store at your local thrift store.  On Thursday, I will check up on you on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cheapbutchic) where you can post your fabulous finds that you found at the thrift store.  Alrighty then,  good luck and have fun.
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