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Banish bulky layers with GL intern Katie

Year-round, I’m always looking for easy ways to layer while still trying to avoid adding tons of bulk. I’m a big fan of mixing textures and styles to create a look that’s both girly and a bit tough. Which is why my denim shirt has been a major staple this season, especially when thrown over a dress and tights or a tunic and leggings.


There’s just one problem with a lot of oversized shirts, denim or otherwise, that I’ve encountered. They don’t have a very nice shape to them! Sure, my dresses come in at the waist and out at the hips, but the button downs and denim shirts I throw over them often mask any sort of feminine shape. So not ideal.


Although I can sew, I knew I didn’t want to permanently alter my button downs and denim shirts because I also sometimes wear them on their own. That’s when I realized the perfect solution would be to only temporarily alter them. Enter my mom’s vintage pins!

The easiest way to get this look is to pinch your shirt together (while you’re wearing it) at the back at the height of your waist, and have a friend put the pins in for you. If you’re working solo, no prob! Use a bit of chalk to mark the spots that you’re pinching, then take off the shirt and place the pins in yourself. The best part is that you can change it anytime you want, depending on how much alteration you’re after.


I love using these vintage gold pins that my mom just had sitting in her jewelry box. If you don’t have any lying around, consider hitting up a vintage store or Goodwill. I’ve found some pretty decked-out pins there for only a couple bucks. Score! Or, go the DIY route and decorate large safety pins however you like. Glue on pom-poms for a unique, fun look, or go chic with little gemstones and beads.


There you have it: Your customized and oh-so-you take on a denim shirt or button down. Don’t be afraid to change out your pins for different looks, and even try stacking them like I’ve done here. Good luck!

BY KATIE LEMON ON 4/13/2013 1:26:00 AM

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