pre-spring pastels

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I decided that even though it’s exceptionally cold in Chicago (the second coldest February in Chicago history!), it was time to start busting out the spring pastels. Maybe my pastel colors and wishful thinking will translate to warmer weather. One can only hope, right? This is my pre-spring pastels look. I’m feeling warmer already…
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Blazer: Alice & Olivia via Saver’s ($5, retails for approx $400)
Denim shirt: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Heart top: H&M ($7 marked down from $24)
Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $110) NYDJ sale
Heels: Messeca via Rue La La ($50 marked down from $140)
Necklace: gift
Ring: gift
Scarf: Burberry (gift)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) This blazer actually has shoulder pads…and I kept them in! This is a first for me. However, I found that the shoulder pads were so thin, and actually add a nice shape to the blazer. Never say never, right? So, if you’re thrifting for blazers and find one with shoulder pads, try it on first, before taking them out! However, if you do want to remove shoulder pads, it’s actually pretty straight forward. You can see how I removed them from my last blazer here.
 
2) This is the first shirt that I attempted to tailor on my own. H&M only had one shirt left and it was in a size that was too big on me. So, I figured “how hard could it be” to take it in. Ah yes, the infamous, how hard could it be? Well, it wasn’t hard so much as it involved a lot of seam ripping after I couldn’t get my arms in my modified shirt. Thankfully, I was working with a really forgiving fabric. You can read the tutorial I used here. Shirts are always easier to take in than to take out. So, if you see something you want, don’t turn it down just based on sizing. I’m definitely a novice seamtress and found that it took me about 45 minutes to tailor the shirt with my sewing machine. 
Anyone else have a good tutorial for basic tailoring? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Have a good weekend!
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31 thoughts on “pre-spring pastels

  1. I have never thought of pairing mint with red. And this combo is so strikingly beautiful on you! I have to give this combo a shot as well. As for tailoring shirts, I have taken in tops and dresses, it is fairly simple if it is not a lot of taking in to do, but then I am sure I dont do it right because it barely takes me 5 minutes…dont know..

      • AHahahhaha…I have done that as well..LOL, that is so funny, I remember sewing to take in the arms and didnt realize that I had a clump of fabric more on one side than on the other..Yikes!!! But given how well you did that skirt, I have rave respect for you, I would have seriously not bought the shirt if it was not in my size..

  2. love the layering!! and i love how you “matched” the H&M shirt & your shoes, but still added lots of colours! also: well done on taking in the shirt! my dear seam ripper has saved my (sewing) life lots of times too. 😀

  3. This is some pretty deep layering color mixing and layering. As usual you pulled it off like a boss 😊😍 and hey! Red blazer same pinch!! 😂

  4. Way to go on taking the shirt in! Anytime I have alterations I have to do it takes ages. Ripping out seams and sewing them back together can really be a pain. I do a fair bit of sewing and sometimes can’t be bothered with altering something – I really have to love it!

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