Thursday, June 7, 2012

Upcycled: High-Low Skirt

One of my favorite things about thrifting and upcycling is the ability to try out trends without breaking the bank.  I've really been loving the high-low silhouette that's been all over the place this season, so I set out to create a more budget-friendly version.  I started with a skirt that I thrifted to $1.50.  Here's the before:

I felt like the length was a little odd as is; too long to be a flattering midi, but too short to work as a maxi, so it was definitely the perfect candidate for a change in hem.  The after:

Skirt, shirt, purse: thrifted. Shoes: Dansko Sandi via REI (great cute and comfortable walking sandals that I love). Sunglasses: Michael's (yes, as in the craft store).

There are so many pluses to a high-low skirt upcycle.  If you are unsure about this trend, it's a great way to give it a try without breaking the bank.  If it turns out you don't really like it, or you wear it for a while and get tired of it, it would be so simple to just take the skirt up to a single length.  Creating your own high-low skirt also puts you in complete control of the length and proportions.  You can go for a subtle look by varying the length just a little, or do a more extreme high-low look; this trend looks great either way.  I've also noticed that many of the high-low shirts in stores are very short in the front, so doing it yourself is a great way to get a modest look if that's what you are going for.  Plus, it's super easy to do!

This skirt, much like my previous upcycle, has quickly become one of my favorite new wardrobe pieces.  The movement when I walk is so amazing.  It kind of feels like I have a little cape flowing out behind me.  It's so fun and comfortable!

What are your thoughts on the high-low trend?  Would you upcycle your own high-low skirt?  Let me know!