I have been a heavy “thrifter” since I was in college. Broke as a joke, it was the best way for me to use my money, and it was also a fun way to use my creativity. Thrifting kind of forced me to be creative. It became a badge of honor when someone would compliment my outfit, and I knew it had cost me very little. It also helped my style evolve into what it is now, which is a quirky mixture of vintage, thrifted, and new.
Enter Granny dress.
I fell in love with Granny Dress as soon as I saw the $3 wonder at my local Goodwill. The pattern is what attracted me to the ol’ girl because polka dots and roses BELONG together, y’all. And while it definitely screamed GRANDMA FOREVER with its high neck and length that was well past my knees, it definitely had some Anthropologie vibes with the print, the pleats, and the high waist. So, I decided to take her home and fix the thing I could: the length.
Armed with scissors, I took to the pleats because I felt like hemming them would be tricky for my skill level. So I used the scissors and nothing else.
With a little snip snip and styling, I turned Granny Dress into something I am actually excited and confident to wear. I kept the shoulder pads because I like the little bit of drama they create. I paired the dress with some nude wedges, smokey bold eyes, half-up hair, and a leopard coat. This little $3 dress knows how to work it! While it isn’t a crazy transformation, I hope it inspires you to not write off something just for what it is. With a little inspiration and creativity, anything can be made suitable for you.
Momma to two precious fur babies, Lady Jordan Elizabeth Simmons writes from Benton, AR where she rocks. at. life. Not only does she knock some kids' socks off e'ryday teaching Freshmen Journalism at Benton Junior high, but she is also a visionary via photographic lense. She has a chronic case of wanderlust, and if you share the same heart, you'll love following her journeys HERE. You can also find more of her literary musings HERE.