We spent our Memorial Day weekend in Palm Springs, just a short 2 hour car ride away. THIS is the type of thing that made me want to move to San Diego from New York City - the ability to hop in the car (which not only you can have, but park it right outside your house) and drive someone where beautiful and fun for the weekend. I packed for the scenery, as bloggers do, and brought along some soft, summery pastel shades.
The desert atmosphere and the vintage aesthetic of Palm Springs makes for a perfect place to wear soft but festive colors. This top was one I snagged at Salvation Army. I took out the shoulder pads, rolled up the sleeves and voila - a pastel tropical shirt. I know many of you don’t sew but there are a few simple hacks (no sewing machine required!) that can instantly transform a thrifted/vintage piece into something new and stylish.
Tip #1 - Cut the hem. Raw and frayed edges are in right now, perfect for easy alterations. Simply cut off the desired amount of hem and throw it in the wash. I’ve done this is various casual dresses and shirts and had great results, no sewing required. You can also cut sleeves to shorten them too.
Tip #2- Roll the sleeves. This is the hack I did to the shirt in the above photo. Rolling up the sleeves adds style and can help the garment fit better. To keep the rolled sleeve hem in place you can sew a few little stitches with a mini sewing kit, safety pin from the inside (where it can’t be seen) or use an iron-on adhesive like Stitch Witchery.
Tip #3- Tuck, tie or belt. More of a styling hack than sewing, but just as effective. Think a little outside the box with your thrift or vintage garment. Can you tuck the dress into pants to mimic the look of a top? Belt that muumuu to create a flattering waist? Tie up the front of the top to be a little more cropped? Get creative with it!
I love the colors in this top and rounded up some other styles from around the internet to get a similar washed-out colorful look, perfect for summer!