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Fall 2014 DIY Closet Update

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As I began to peruse my closet for fashion week outfit ideas, I was overwhelmed with a “been there, worn that” feeling. I decided that I needed to get crafty. Can the old (or in my case – the instagrammed) truly be new again? So long as you have a great (and willing) tailor, I think the answer is yes!

My first garment to go under the knife: The Organza Overlay A-Line Skirt by Lucy Paris


As the runways indicate, sheer skirts with a slight “panty” reveal are having a bit of a moment. I decided to take the panty parade plunge myself by simply cutting out the lining of our Lucy Paris Organza Overlay A-Line Skirt. Then, I headed to the local Wal-Mart to scavenge for the perfect pair of granny panties to give me the retro bathing suit bottom vibe. Who knew a size XL pair of high-waisted Vaserettes would be just what the fashion doctor ordered for NYFW!

 Up next: Rachel Pally Maxi Wrap Dress.


If there is any better brand to travel in than Rachel Pally, I have yet to find it. I decided to give one of my maxi wrap dresses a fresh hemline and turn it into a midi. The best part about altering a Rachel Pally dress?  It has a raw hemline, so all you have to do is use a roller cutter. Don’t be surprised if this eventually becomes a mini... then perhaps a cute wrap top!

My last victim: Sachin + Babi Blue Culottes.

I know what you are thinking, why would you ever touch a perfect pair of culottes?  At my height I think you need to show ankle with the traditional culottes’ length. With boot season on its way, I decided that a shorter hemline would be a more flattering option when I want to wear them with a knee high boot. Plus, it’s just fun to give something that you love and have worn (A LOT) a fresh look!

Feeling blue about your own closet? I challenge you to take an oldie that's a goodie to your tailor and see the treasure you can create! Then share it on Instagram and tag @shopburu in the post!

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