Monica, 18, California
Shoes: Goodwill, Trousers: Forever 21, Blazer: Forever 21
Outfit of the Day - August 1st (aka I Really Love My DIYd Shoes and Sometimes I Make Stupid Faces When I Take Pictures)
It’s been a while since my last outfit post, but I couldn’t let the first day of the month go by without posting something vaguely fashion related : ) My excuse for the big gap: I like to space out my outfit posts so that you guys don’t notice that I take every shot in the messy jungle of my backyard. Every. Single. Shot. I always have the opportunity to take a shot of my outfit in public when I go out, but to me It’s just awkward taking pictures of myself in front of others when it’s not a special occasion or event. I feel a little foolish.
Today is August 1st, which marks the one month anniversary of the complete makeover of my original blog simplekindofbeauty, into the chicblackchick.tumblr.com that you all know and love. As a build off from that theme of makeovers, I put this outfit together.
I bought that denim piece from Goodwill (of course) and it was originally a horribly fitting denim maxi dress. I cut it up, shredded it up, and wore it as a vest throughout the school year. This is the first time I’ve ever worn it as a shirt! It honestly never occured to me to rock it crop top style, but I’m glad I did because I got a bunch of compliments and it feels like a whole new garment now.
What I’m most proud about regarding this outfit though, are those shoes. When my mom enlisted our entire family to clean out the garage for my grad party (a post about which should be posted any day now given that it happened almost 3 weeks ago), I found these shoes. They were plain black and kind of clunky looking, but something about them spoke to me. They were all like “No! Don’t throw us in the trashbag filled with things to give out to Salvation Army! We can be cute if you give us a chance we promise” and I was like “Hmm…these actually are kind of cool”
Turns out, they’re my little brother’s dress shoes from years ago…and they fit me perfectly. They were looking a little too manly and official for me to wear in their natural state, so I decided to spice them up a bit! With nail polish!
I put a layer of white nail polish on top as a primer to begin the transformation of plain black little boy dress shoes to fabulous footwear. I waited for those coats to dry, taped them up again just to be safe and make sure no random splotches of blue got on the leather, and painted them a really cool shade of electric blue! I’m really satisfied with myself because that shade of nail polish has been sitting in my nailpolish basket for two years now, NEVER getting used because I didn’t like it on my hands. But I really like it on the soles of my brand new/old shoes. I gave myself a round of applause. I felt so good about myself I went on another DIY project burst of inspiration and transformed a pair of denim high waisted shorts! But that’s a story for another post : )