If you had told me five years ago that I could wear a turtleneck for summer, I would have thought you were crazy. Though, to be fair, I would still think you were crazy even if you told me that a month ago.
Trends are always changing thanks to designers, celebrities, bloggers, and even the cool people on your campus. I am not exempt from these fleeting fashions. I just usually avoid them because shelling out big bucks for something is not in my nature.
But thanks to trends constantly rotating and my love for thrift stores, I’ve found a way to work around my budget problem and still try out trends that I think are interesting.
I was inspired by an old image of Miley Cyrus (yes thee Miley Cyrus) wearing a black cropped mock turtleneck, silver skirt, and a killer Moschino belt. The most captivating part of her outfit was her crop top. I had never seen a mock turtleneck look so chic!
It would have been simple to run out to any fast fashion store and buy the exact piece but where’s the creativity in that?
I patiently searched through thrift stores for a year until I found the perfect top. It was a black mock turtleneck in a frumpy shape but I saw potential in it and took it home with me.. for free. (Thank you, thrift gods!)
I modified the fit to be tighter by literally doing the laziest sewing of my life. I just put a straight stitch up both sides of the top and it instantly became molded to my body.
To put my own spin on Miley’s original look I wore my favorite black and white striped skirt, a necklace to emulate her shiny pieces, and some flats to make it everyday appropriate.
If you’re like me and you think you’re not a trend person because of this or that, think again. Always try something once, work within your budget and make a style your own.
Mock turtleneck – free (garage sale)
Striped skirt – paid w/ gift card (Asos.com, old)
Flats – $6 (Wal-Mart)
Necklace – gift
Red lipstick – Stoplight Red by Wet’n’Wild