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. Yerma wrote:

    Nice skirt and good work with the sweater!!

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  2. Envysplendour wrote:

    Love your cardigan!

    X Laila – EnvySplendour

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  3. Nnenna wrote:

    Thanks Amy! :)

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  4. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you so much Mariam and thanks for the follow too!! :)

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  5. Nnenna wrote:

    Thanks Megan, me too! :D

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  6. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you Ellen! :)

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  7. Nnenna wrote:

    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 :)

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  8. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you, they were a cheap buy at Forever 21! Happy weekend to you too! :)

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  9. L. wrote:

    your sweater is adorable!

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  10. zarna wrote:

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

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  11. Grunge Glam wrote:

    lovely outfit and thankyou for the omment on my blog :)

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  12. Ribka wrote:

    that's a great idea to buy the damage things and then fix them up! I'll try :)
    by the way, I give you an award! please check my page…

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  13. MARIAMKHAN wrote:

    Thankyou for your comment on my blog! Much appreciated :D
    Oooh lovely knit. And I like those turquoise diamonté studs! <3

    Now following you, please don't hesitate to follow back at http://chocolatelegobricks.blogspot.com/

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  14. Sophi Newman wrote:

    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.

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  15. Linton from London wrote:

    I love it! Very nice sweater and I like the entire outfit.


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  16. Megan wrote:

    LOVE the sweater! i love printed sweaters :) so fun and wintery!



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  17. Lacencoffee wrote:

    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.

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  18. Ellenreviewsblog wrote:

    Nice neutral colors :) Great buy for the shirt :)

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  19. SarahBeth wrote:

    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? :)

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  20. Tashrin wrote:

    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


    Tashrin – A Toronto based personal style blog

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  21. Rosie wrote:

    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

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  22. taking pictures over heels wrote:

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

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  23. kat wrote:

    thats such a cute sweater!! :)


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  24. Nnenna wrote:

    You're right Maria! Thanks and hope you have a great weekend too! :)

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  25. Maria wrote:

    Love it! Take advantage of a deal whenever you can! Have a great weekend XOXO

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  26. Nnenna wrote:

    You're so right Courtney! I think I'm going to do it more often! :)

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  27. Courtney Thomas wrote:

    I often buy damaged things and then patch them up at home – as long as you're willing to put the time in it's a great way to get a deal!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

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  28. Nnenna wrote:

    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!

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  29. Gertrude Aquilina wrote:

    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

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