Dress to Impress (for Less), Gen DIY-er, Second-hand Scavengers

Rejuvenating a pair of school trousers

I love school trousers–they keep you warm, they’re made to last, and pleated grey wool is such a classic look.

I picked up this pair from the op shop for $7. The length and cut give away their daggy origins, but it’s nothing that an iron, scissors, needle and thread can’t fix.NOKIA Lumia 800_000961

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Beg or Borrow but Don't Steal, Dress to Impress (for Less), Footnote Frivolity***

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Finding appropriate wedding guest attire is not an easy task. About.com’s Nina Callaway includes a long list of don’ts in her article on wedding guest attire etiquette.


  • White. (This rule has relaxed some, and you can get away with wearing a printed dress with a white background and some cream colored clothing. Just be careful not to upstage the bride.)
  • Black to a daytime wedding
  • Jeans
  • Anything too sexy or revealing
  • Anything torn, with holes, stained, too big or too small for you!
  • Anything sleeveless or strapless to a religious wedding. Bring a wrap to cover your shoulders.

And then there are the costs involved in finding a dress, heels, and accessories (hat, shawl, handbag, and jewellery).

So how does one dress inoffensively well without dipping into the mortgage redraw facility?  Continue reading