Tribal Print: Summer to Fall Style

Asos Summer to Fall Dress

Transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall can be a style challenge at times. So what’s a gal to do? Here’s a simple answer: ACCESSORIZE! Add a denim jacket, a scarf, a floppy hat, a fringe bootie to your Summer wardrobe – staples which will keep you warm enough to get through Fall’s brisk days.

Here is my favorite midi dress from ASOS which I lived in most of this summer, along with these amazing gladiators from The Square Moon.

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For the Fall, I plan to substitute the gladiators for my comfy Guess fringe booties, my can’t-live-without denim jacket from H&M and this fantastic wool hat I found at my local Target (#targetrules 😉 )

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Need additional tips on how to wear your Summer favorites into the Fall? Here is a great article from Stitch Fix.

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DIY: Free People Lace Up Layering Top

Need a little white shirt with a uniquely WOW! factor for under $10? Then you’ve come to the right place, baby! This DIY is for you.

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My refashion idea was inspired by Free People’s spicy deep V lace up top. There is also a River Island version now selling on Asos.com, here.

What you will need to DIY this fabulous FP inspired top:

  1. A white or black fitted long sleeve shirt made of cotton, viscose or nylon fabric (my shirt is from H&M and I bought a size 14+ from the junior’s section for a tight and snug fit. The shirts come in a black and white set, so I plan to DIY the black one into a lace up as well.)
  2. Straps for the loops and your lace detailed neckline.  You may use the fabric cut from the shirt to make the straps. I made mine from an old shirt.
  3. Interfacing. It is not necessary to use interfacing, but I prefer to use it since it keeps the shirt’s fabric from stretching out of shape and gives structure to the neckline.

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Fold your shirt together as shown below, determine exactly where your cut will be from the neckline to your “V” area (use pins to secure). Start cutting along the pin line.

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Make your loops from your straps and sew them on, as shown below. I added six loops on each side.
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Turn your shirt inside out and sew your interfacing along the neckline.

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Here is what your shirt will look like once it’s done. I added two bell-shaped jewelry findings from my DIY stash to give my straps a bit of flair!

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Happy DIY’ing.

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DIY: A Summer Scarf Halter Top

Give me a couple of scarves, and I can think of numerous ways to DIY them into a wearable work of art. My fabulous co-blogger, Nensi, and I have previously shared simple scarf DIY ideas with our lovely readers here and here. The halter top below was actually inspired by Nensi’s sensational scarf dress. Her dress can also be translated into a flowy and very wearable summer halter top with the use of three 20” x 20” scarves. It’s an extremely easy DIY if you are looking for a unique summer top.

I found my three scarves below in the H&M clearance/sale aisle. They were $5 a piece with an additional 30% off on each. Score!

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The materials I needed to transform my three scarves: thread in a similar color as the scarves and Realeather Craft Lace which can be found at your local craft store.

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The DIY process is very simple. Take two of the scarves and form the front of the top as seen below. The scarves will be stitched together in the mid-front, forming a really pretty and flowy flap in the front of the halter.

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Taking my string of Realeather lace, I cut two strings into my desired length and pinned them to the front points in order to form my halter’s straps. Then I took the other end of the two straps and pinned them to the third scarf, which will be the back of my halter top, as shown below.

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A sewing machine comes in handy when sewing the straps onto the scarves, but they can easily be sewn by hand as well. Sew the straps on, stitch the mid-front and the sides to form the top.
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Voila! The completed one-of-a-kind halter which will complement any legging or skinny denim.

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Wishing you a crafty week ahead.

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DIY: Hellooooo Summer Giveaway

Summer has officially arrived (Hooray summer!), as if Lulu’s.com hasn’t scorched us already with it’s super hot and trendsetting Spring fashion line. I can’t even begin to tell you how much drooling I’ve done over Lulu’s Brokedown Sun, Sand, Washed Black Maxi Halter Dress, (along with it’s beige partner in crime here) which, even at a hefty price of $111.00, sold out in what felt like mere minutes.1298850_202154

 

Hence the inspiration behind my latest DIY project! Though I appreciate finer things in life, I consider my self fortunate to have discovered other avenues of shopping for trendy clothes at much friendlier prices, like Fashion Q, where I’ve purchased two black maxi dresses for $5.99 each!

Admittedly, I am an “Iron-On” virgin, and the reason behind the “two” dresses was that one would surely be discarded, but the Iron-On letters I purchased from Walmart.com came with goof-proof instructions, and I decided to treat you all to not only my step by step DIY, but also to a Summer Maxi Giveaway! Yay!

When I think of summer, I think of vacations, beaches, sunsets, boats, cocktails, surf, straw hats … Though Lulu’s dress can be very closely copied (yes, there are plenty of ‘distressed’ iron-on letters on various websites) I’ve decided to give the dress my own twist by adding my favorite phrases, in lieu of my favorite season — Hello Summer.

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Things you will need for this fun and easy DIY project are things you already have in your home: scissors, towel, pillowcase, a very hot iron, and a little bit of patience.

First step is to lay the dress on a towel, cut out your letters and place them ‘face down’, so that the letters are touching the front of the dress material, while remaining covered with the translucent paper. Take the time to align them evenly. 

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Iron the pillow case over the letters for about 5 minutes, making sure you thoroughly heat each word. The longer you iron, the easier the translucent paper peals off the letters when done 😉 Summer maxi 6 Summer maxi 8Once you are done ironing on front side of dress through the pillow case,  you will need to remove (and discard) the pillowcase, turn the dress over and iron the back side of the dress for about 3 more minutes. No pillow case needed for this task.Summer maxi 9When the 3 minutes are up, turn your project over and you may begin to remove the translucent film which covers all of your cut out letters. Be very careful, and take your time, as to not rip or distort your new lettering.Summer maxi 13 Summer maxi 10 Sumer maxi 11The final project was one even my fabulously stylish chihuahua, Mr. Pretty Kitty, approves of.Summer maxi 18 Summer maxi 14 Summer maxi 16 Summer maxi 21 Summer maxi 17 Summer maxi 19With it’s cool boho vibe, and fun, care free phrase, I paired my new Summer maxi with a few glam accessories, like guess Tutu Bow  flip flops, fun hat, fringed bag, Katy Perry ‘Love Me‘ necklace / ‘Roar‘ bracelet, and I’m ready to welcome Summer!Summer maxi 15

Perfect for shopping, pool parties, or fun beach wear, this maxi is a great addition for almost any occasion. How fun would it be to ‘fringe’ the bottom half of this dress? Hmmm … maybe I save that for my next DIY …

This dresses’ fabulous counterpart is up for grabs! Leave a comment as to why you’d like to be the winner (either here on the blog, on our Instagram or our Facebook page), make sure you follow all three accounts, and you just might be the lucky fashionista to rock this one of a kind maxi dress this Summer, in fab style 😉

Winner will be announced July 1st on all three of our accounts. Best of luck!

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And for those of you attempting this super easy DIY, I’d love to hear about your projects. Drop me a note letting me know how your DIYs turned out!

Happy DIY-ing!

OOTD: Gypsy Soul

From wild prints and fringe handbags to stacked rings and big hats – blame it on my gypsy soul, I’m a sucker for ALL things bohemian. Bohemian style is the essence of a wild, young and free spirit and I consider myself a boho babe ( OK OK…I’m not that young or free, but I’m definitely a wild child at heart 😉 ).

Channeling my inner hippie, I’m wearing my new T Party top and pants from Pink Soul Boutique. I’m in love with the wide sleeves on the blouse and the lace bell bottom on the pant *swoon*. If you’re a fan of comfortable pants which make your legs and torso look beyond fabulous, check out T Party clothing. Their product is made in the USA and is top quality. In a recent post, I mentioned how much I love Pink Soul’s clothing selection and the fact that they carry brands such as T Party is another plus with me.

Top and Pants: T-Party at Pink Soul / Booties: Report, similar here / Fringe Bag: Galian New York, similar here / Necklace: Pink Soul

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What do our lovely followers think? Is my outfit Coachella approved? 😉

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FreeUrCloset Spotlight: Pink Soul Boutique

When it comes to shopping, there are two things I get a thrill out of: 1. scoring a fab designer piece for less at my favorite consignment store and, 2. discovering a new boutique which carries unique, quality clothes without breaking the bank. I made such a discovery when I met the lovely Heidi who runs a Del Mar, CA boutique called Pink Soul. Her store puts the “fun” in funkiness and the clothes she chooses to carry are hip ,unique and beyond comfortable (a major plus!). Even though I’m a fairly recent transplant to SoCal, I think it’s safe to say that Pink Soul Boutique has definitely made it to the top of my “favorite places to get my retail therapy on” list.

On my most recent visit to Pink Soul, I found a purrrrfection of a dress. Not only is the print to die for, but the dress hugs all the right curves and feels amazingly comfortable on. I have a feeling I found THE dress for my romantic Valentine’s date night (hint to the hubs – a new Chanel bag would be an ideal compliment to my fantastical dress hihihi).

Maxi Dress: Pink Soul, absolutely love this version here (use code SHOPPINK for 20% off your online or in-store purchase) / Necklace: Charming Charlie

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For all our boho chic lovers out there, check out my fabulous #coachellaready find from Pink Soul next week.

Stay tuned!

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Spicing Up Your Little Black Dress

Ah, the little black dress! It’s the solution to every outfit dilemma. I would be lost without it on those “I have nothing to wear” days. And even though a simple LBD looks fabulous all on its own, I like to spice it up a bit by adding accessories and color to mine. Adding bling is key because, if you’ve followed our blog long enough, you know the FreeUrCloset motto – We like our bling like our men, BIG and FLASHY (hihihi).

This dress is one of my favorites because of the length, the mock neck and the fact that I found it on sale for $12 – score! I paired it with a floral moto jacket and, although I’m not a huge fan of florals, I think the darker floral print is a great compliment to a solid black dress. Sexy stockings, in my opinion, are a must. They give the outfit that extra something something.

We’d love to see some of your LBD styling ideas. If you have an Instagram account, show us your spiced up little black dress by tagging us @freeurcloset !

Dress: Shimmer, similar @ Nordstrom / Jacket: Elle for Kohls, similar @ Shoptiques / Stockings: Nordstrom Rack / Handbag: Guess @ Macy’s / Booties: Nordstrom Rack / Necklace: Charming Charlie, similar @ Charming Charlie

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