Babydoll shirts with all sorts of weird bunching and shirring used to be in style until we realized that they made everyone look equally preggers. So now there are a ton of these unflattering tops floating around unloved even though many of them still have nice, bold prints like the Marc Jacobs-esque large flower pattern on this one. If you’re the owner of one of these shirts and are not quite sure what to do with it, here’s a really easy, no-sew fashion DIY showing you how to turn an ugly babydoll shirt into a summer skirt just in time for the warm weather. I think you’ll really be surprised at how simple this tutorial is, and depending on the shirt you use, you can make the bottom into a skirt and the top into a cute bandeau.
I bought this cute navy schoolgirl skirt in Hong Kong but never wore it. It still has the original tags! Adorable and easy for summer and it’s a playful length that is still demure enough to wear without feeling like you’re five. The waist is elastic so it can fit a S, M or possibly even a small L.
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Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhhhhh ~ caught in a plaid romance. Sorry about that. I got a little too excited about today’s outfit idea. You might recognize this preppy midi skirt from my 1950s sockhop sweetie Halloween costume, but pairing it with a lady-like grey blazer gives it a totally fresh spin. As you might have noticed, I’m really feelin’ the polished grown-up look for fall (especially since I’m officially old now), but I’m doubly bubbly about this outfit because its one of the ones I put together for Naya’s Renew Your Soles Style Challenge where they asked green style bloggers like yours truly to donate 5 pairs of old shoes in exchange for one beautiful, well-made pair from their new line. The challenge will raise awareness for America Recycles Day and echoes an ideal that I’m all about: quality, not quantity! One pair of beautiful, versatile shoes that you actually want to keep wearing for years can replace a closet full of throw-aways and help you leave a softer footprint on our earth.
Pink, blue and tan plaid wool skirt: Purchased as part of my 1950s sockhop girl Halloween costume at Unique Thrift Shop for $4.99. I took this pic right before it found a new home with Jeanne‘s cousin.
Grey blazer: This is such a unique lil’ number with its military-gone-femme appeal. I got it at a Korean shop a few years ago and wear it with everything from jeans to shorts.
Slate booties: These Genesis peep-toe booties are so comfy and really go with just about anything, as you’ll see from the four other looks I put together around them!
Gold Libra medallion: This vintage Tiffany pendant belonged to my dad who was a Libra – just like me. Pretty pimp if I do say so meself!
Lavender camisole: A gift from my mom’s friend Mrs. Ho, who works for Ravel.
Tan bag: I’ve had this suede bag for so long and have carried it to so many places that it’s as dirty as Linus’ blanket*. I still think it looks great though and love how soft it is now. Some things just get better with age!
*EDIT: For some reason, I combined the characters of Linus and Pigpen from Peanuts above! I think what I wrote still makes sense (sort of).
Preppy perfection in pink! This sweet pleated skirt is the best way to complete a spring outfit. Wear it with your favorite camisole and layer a navy crested blazer on top while it’s still nippy out.
Size: Medium but a small portion of the waistband is elastic so it could fit a large too.
Fabric: This skirt has no tags but the fabric is a light, swingy material that could either be polyester or silk.
Condition: This item is in beautiful gently used condition with no visible stains or tears.
Was $45, now $40
* Price does not include shirt or blazer
If you’re looking for a Halloween costume that covers more than 15% of your body surface (doesn’t it seem like they’re hard to find nowadays?) but is still feminine, why not be a 1950s sockhop girl? It’s a costume that’s relatively easy to put together yourself either with items you already own or with stuff you can pick up at your local thrift shop, or you can buy the one you see above here!