A Ripped Shoulder is Not the End of the World

sweater- wet seal, tee, tights, and belt- forever 21, skirt- Old Navy, boots- urban original

I’d been looking for this type of sweater for a while (I wanted to try out this trend), but I didn’t want to spend too much money on it and most of the ones I saw were $25-30.  I know, that really isn’t crazy expensive, but I try to hold out to see if I can find it for cheaper!  Enter this sweater from Wet Seal, which usually has stuff that isn’t my taste, but occasionally I can find something cute there.  The sweater was 50% off (making it under $15) because when I found it, the entire shoulder seam was ripped, as was a section of the sleeve.  I debated whether or not it was worth it to buy damaged goods, even though it was a good price, and then I realized I should take advantage of the deal!  I mean, I’m no seamstress, but it took me all of ten minutes to sew up the problem areas, and now it is good-as-new!  Do you guys ever buy damaged clothes and then fix them up?

silver earrings- gift from best friend :)

Also, I just have to give these recent Forever 21 purchases a shout-out!  The blue tee and gray tights might not look like anything special, but I think Forever 21 has some really great basics in terms of quality-to-price ratio.  This t-shirt is a lovely heathery blue color, oh so soft, and under $4 bucks.  Also, these gray tights are thick and warm- perfect for winter!

I’m going to a white wine tasting tonight, how grown-up of me! haha  What do you guys have planned for the weekend?  Also, check back on Sunday, I’m going to try a new kind of post! :)


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  1. Nnenna says

    Thanks Tashrin! I'm okay with hand sewing too (nothing fancy, just the basics) but I really want to learn more about machine sewing- I even bought a how-to-sew book over break, but I didn't get a chance to read it! I would love to know how to take in an oversize skirt and to see some of your skirts :)

  2. zarna says

    what a great sweater! i totally buy ripped items and them fix them – especially when im vintage shopping!

  3. Ribka says

    that's a great idea to buy the damage things and then fix them up! I'll try :)
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  4. Sophi Newman says

    I don't usually buy things that need alteration or fixing unless it's a really amazing find because I already have such a huge backlog of things to alter! That is a really fabulous sweater though, and you really can't tell that it was at all damaged.

  5. Lacencoffee says

    I often buy damaged goods and mend them myself (or get my Mum to) They don't even have to be in the sale, I'll bring the damage to the sales girl's attention and ask for discount. Most of the time they knock a lot off and if they don't, I don't buy it.

  6. SarahBeth says

    I love all these blues and grays together- it looks really good! And yes, I buy clothes that I can mend very often- if you can fix it, why not? :)

  7. Tashrin says

    I really think you';re very crafty. I am not bad with hand sewing but I can't yet get my machine to sew in a straight line, so no I have never bought damaged goods. But I did buy quite a few oversized vintage skirts and got them taken in to fit me. In fact 90% of my skirt collection is vintage. :)

    Look forward to hearing from you


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  8. Rosie says

    Love your cardi – I wish I could fix stuff up, but instead I have to pay full price, haha.
    The skirt is also super-cute,

    Rosie x

  9. taking pictures over heels says

    your grey tights are so beautiful! I've been looking for ones but I don't find the perfects yet.
    Happy weekend :)!!

  10. Nnenna says

    Thanks Gertrude! yah, same here, I'm sure other people do it all the time, but it has never really occurred to me until now!

  11. Gertrude Aquilina says

    Love the cardigan.. if it's so cheap I think that I would end up buying it. But honestly I never did up till now! x