Closet Building, Style Strategies

Sept. 13: Crop Tops from T-shirt

I’m not huge crop-top wearer, so I don’t have crop tops in my closet. But in this heat sometimes what you need is a little breeze on your tummy. So, for those of you looking to stay a little cooler, like crop tops, or want to branch out a little, here are my tips for making a crop top from a T-shirt.

First, there is always the hair-tie option. I found that the elastic option is best for super baggy t-shirts, simply gather the T-shirt, secure with a hair elastic, and tuck for a DIY crop.

It might take a few tries to get the tightness and length exactly where you want it, but you’ll be a master of a cinched-waist crop in no time.

But we don’t always have a hair elastic on us – so on to strategy number two. My second method is also, for me, way more stable than the first.

First, you’ll gather the shirt in front of you. Next turn the gathered piece 360 degrees, which will get you to your second image. Lastly, tuck it into your bra for a secured fit. I run the fabric right between the cups, and when you do that you might find you can see the gather fabric through the shirt. No problem! The little “tab” of fabric that sticks up – slide it snugly into the cup underneath your breast, and the bump from the fabric is no more, and is super secure!

Now, when you see a t-shirt styled as a crop top in future style posts, you’ll know how to do it, or simply follow your own crop-top making method (or style an existing or thrifted crop it it’s place)! As always, stay safe, happy, and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies

August 23: Thrift Haul, Part 2

Welcome to part two of my summer thrift haul! This is the part I’m probably most excited about as a whole.

My first dress is this colorful patterned trapeze-style dress. I am a sucker for 3/4-length sleeves. The elasticized sleeves allow for me to control the sleeve length, and there is a super unique cut out at the neckline. The cut-out elevated the dress, making the breezy nature seem even more styled and purposeful. This’ll look super cute with a jean-jacket once it cools down a little here in Arizona.

This second dress was a bit of a journey – but it definitely paid off! I found this dress with the tags still on and a pink stain around the top of the zipper. My judgement was (luckily) correct, and I was able to easily get the stain out with some stain-remover and a wash through the laundry. Unfortunately, it shrank slightly despite not having washed it in hot water or put it in the dryer. So, I ended up hemming the shell of the dress shorter than the lace portion, which I think makes the dress overall more flattering on my shape. The lace detailing is whimsical, and with how light it is, I definitely won’t overheat in this Phoenix weather!

Stay tuned for next week when we start looking at the tops I’ve found during my thrift trips! As always, stay safe, happy, and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

August 16: Thrift Haul, Part 1 – Bottoms

Time for my first thrift haul series! (Yay!)

First I’ll be starting you off with the bottoms I got at the thrift store the past couple of months. Bottoms have doubtless been the hardest for me to find during the pandemic. If you thrift frequently, like myself, you may have found that many thrift stores have closed dressing rooms. Meaning you can’t try before you buy your pants!

Never fear, I have a trick for you: simply bring a pair of pants that fit! You can compare the size of the waist band, inseam, and how high-waisted the bottoms are if you bring a pair of pants (or shorts) from home that fit you perfectly!

Now… onto the haul portion of this post! I snagged two pairs of light trousers and one skirt this summer. I’ve really been seeking trousers that aren’t too dressy to wear casually – and I’m happy to say that I found them!

These berry-colored trousers have cuffed hems and zipper-detailed (fake) pockets, which add a casual vibe to my first pair of new pants. The have a skinny fit, making them ideal to pair with a t-shirt or a loose blouse. I’m personally excited to style these with my white Converse and a graphic tee for an elevated casual look!

Purple trousers

My second pair of trousers is a similar fit, though lacking the more casual details of the red pair. I would probably pair this with a bolder top or unique color pairing to let these shine. I have a pair of metallic sandals that would look fabulous with this pair of pants!

Last, but certainly not least, is my new casual skirt! With real (and large) pockets in both front and bag, this light, neutral colored skirt will make the perfect foundation for a casual ensemble on a hot day. I will be wearing this skirt high-waisted, and it flares out in a way that I know will hide any bloating/self-conscious feelings on an off-day. This skirt would look great styled with a bright colored shoe!

Stay tuned for more garments I snagged from my local thrift stores! In the mean time, stay healthy, safe, and happy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Real Talk, Style Strategies

July 19: OOTD for Thrifting

I love buying clothes at the thrift store – especially since my local Goodwill is one of the most inexpensive thrift stores I’ve ever been in!

Shopping for clothes in a thrift store is a lot like shopping in a mall – you should be smart about your outfit to get the best result. The best type of outfit, I find, it one that is fitted (to your comfort level) on both the top and the bottom.

Thrifting OOTD

I go for a fitting tank or V-neck tee and a pair of slim or straight fit jeans (or something similar). It’s comfortable, easy (and fast) to change in and out of, and – most importantly, give me the most flexibility when trying on thrifted clothing.

Very seldom do I find both a pair of pants and a shirt that fit when I go thrifting. When I’m in the dressing room, I find it harder to get an idea of how the garment sits if I’m not fully clothed – so I avoid dresses when thrifting for clothes.

Now, if I am wearing looser clothes, I run into a similar problem trying on looser pieces. For example, instead of my tank top I wear a blouse. I go to Goodwill and find a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers. When I try them on, I’m wearing a big breezy blouse on top, meaning I can’t see how the pants sit best with a tighter-fitting shirt (which is how I would actually wear them). The only way I can get an idea of the fit is look without a shirt – which gives me no idea of how the pants look with a tucked-in shirt – or I wear my big blouse and feel like I’m swimming in clothes – which does not do much for feeling confident. And how often do we buy things we aren’t confident in? The answer should be never.

That just sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Well, I avoid that altogether by wearing a fitted shirt so I can see those wide-leg trousers in all of their glory – and follow the same rule for my bottoms.

Thank you for listening to my small tangent on my thought process for my thrifting outfit choice. If you want to do more thrift shopping, I recommend following this same idea to increase your chance of success!

Feel free to leave your thrifting tips in the comments! I’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

June 28: Sustainable Fashion Options

Sustainable practices are becoming more popular in the fashion industry. Since coming home for the summer, I’ve seen the H&M commercial focused on sustainability at least 15 times. However, in my experience, fast fashion companies often find a way to market themselves significantly more sustainable than they actually are (Look no further than Patriot Act’s episode titled The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion, available on Netflix).

So, I wanted to take a moment to touch on sustainable options for looking your best. This does not need to be an all-or-nothing switch. I’ve bought a few fast fashion items for refreshing my wardrobe this summer. However, I’ve also bought approximately one thrifted item for every fast fashion piece. Making a slow transition is always better than nothing at all!

  1. Choose the more sustainable brand in the department store. Yes, for some of you out there, I know it is a shock that there are people who still shop at department stores, but stay with me. Most large department stores carry multiple brands. I have found that I sometimes like department stores for items that are more investment pieces (ex. bras, fancier dresses, professional clothing). If you know what stores you’ll be in, look online for what brands they carry. Take a little time to do research on those labels. If there are one or two brands that have substantial sustainable practices in place, choose those in the store or shop them online. (Brands are having increasingly better online shopping return policies, so you may be able to easily order multiple sizes and only keep the one that fits!)
  2. Resale apps. There are plenty of resale apps to choose from. One of the most well-known for fashion is Depop. These apps give you the chance to buy clothes from other users and sell clothes you no longer want for some extra cash!
  3. Thrift shopping. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Thrift shopping is one of the best ways to add sustainability into your closet. With the ability to try stuff on and the possibility of finding some one-of-a-kind pieces, thrift shopping is a world full of opportunity without breaking the bank. It’s important to make sure to check the quality of your items – some people give things away because of rips or loose threads, which you don’t want to discover after bringing home your haul!

Feel free to check out a previous post, Shopping, Tips for the Sale Season, for tips on inexpensive shopping. Despite these tips being written for larger sales at big stores, they apply to thrifting and apps like Depop.

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Style Strategies

June 21: Styling My New Black Skirt

As I mentioned last week, this week I have two outfits with my new black skirt! The first is a casual option: the new skirt with a plain pink V-neck, gray waffle knit cardigan, and a pair of white sneakers.

The shirt adds a pop of color, while the cardigan adds some light coverage and texture. You could substitute the cardigan for a denim jacket or utility-inspired piece (be it a vest or jacket).

The second look is more dressy, featuring a patterned blouse, substituting the tie belt, and metallic heeled sandals. Adding a cardigan and opting for a flat would make this combination perfect for a business casual environment. Swapping the blouse for a more colorful one could make it perfect for a brunch or date.

Even if this skirt isn’t your cup of tea, a black skirt can be a strong and versatile staple in your closet. If you don’t have one, it may be something to consider! You could also opt for any solid color skirt in a versatile silhouette and length, be it nude, gray, olive green, or red! Black is simply a classic and good starting point for those less confident or more understated in their style choices.

Next week I’ll be revealing another wardrobe update! So stay tuned!

❤ Zeebs

Style Strategies

Jan 20: Predicted Trends for 2020 – I’m On Board!

Last week I did trends that I will be avoiding in 2020. This week: trends that I love!

Leather: Leather is a texture I am 100% on board for. With a variety of price ranges, types, colors, and item styles, anyone can find a leather clothing item for them! Of course, the classic route is a black moto-style jacket. But with leather as a potential big trend for 2020, expect a variety of leather options!

Tailored: Now this “tailored” trend is expressing itself in several ways in the 2020 forecast. The most popular I have seen is a nicely structured and fitted blazer. Tailored looks are more likely to flatter frames than over-sized looks, especially on petite persons like myself! Tailored pieces can prove to balance out over-sized pieces in the same outfit. (Think over-sized jacket with a camisole and skinny jeans.)

Feminine: Another trend that is more general, more “feminine” fabrics and styles seem to be predicted as 2020 trends. This includes satin, corsets, and crochet items! If you aren’t the most “girly” person out there, you can try mixing one element of this feminine trend with a more menswear inspired piece, or vice versa. This might be a satin trench coat or pairing a corset-structured top with a pair of converse.

Looking at these trends definitely makes me excited for the year ahead! Let me know in the comments what trends you are looking forward to in 2020!

❤ Zeebs

Style Strategies

Jan 12: Predicted Trends for 2020 – Trends I’m Avoiding

Every year, there are some trends that look like they will stay around the whole year. Here are three trends that I, personally, will be avoiding for the start of the new decade!

Bermuda shorts: I’m on the petite size. And cutting off my leg line by having shorts that end at my knee is, I find, not flattering for my body type. If you have thin, long legs, this trend might be amazing for you – but I can promise it won’t be for me at the start of this new decade.

Visible “bras”: I put bra in quotes because most of these bras or more decorative than supportive. I am on the bustier side, and any of you bustier ladies that visit here can probably empathize the need for some structural support throughout the day. Any time I leave the house and/or am rather active, you best believe that I will be wearing a bra with some substance!

“Eco-conscious”: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a large number of “eco-conscious” lines are MISLEADING (and that’s putting it nicely). If you do decide to shop from “green” fashion lines and stores, make sure you check the guidelines or ethics page to find out what a store deems an “eco-conscious” item. Instead of shopping the “eco” fashion lines from stores like H&M, Forever 21, and other fast fashion companies, take a trip to your local thrift store. As a general rule, items from thrift stores are better quality brands for equal or lesser prices than a fast fashion store.

I hope your year has gotten off to a great start! As always, feel free to shoot me a message, feedback, or pics of your own outfit inspiration!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Real Talk, Style Strategies

Sept. 22: Re-purposing Project Completed!

I am super stoked to say that I finished my project of re-purposing my statement necklace. Twice it had snapped in the middle, but I loved it so much I couldn’t let it go completely!

So… I took apart the necklace until I had just the beads. Then, I used chains I already had to create these two beauties down below!!

I can’t wait to show you outfits modelling these two new handmade pieces. And, since I have leftover beads, you could very well be seeing more re-purposed pieces here on Zeebstyle!

Announcement: Now that the semester is in full swing, I am going to cut down to only one post per week minimum rather than two. It’ll come out on either Friday or Sunday so that I can keep “Fashion Fridays” and “Selfie Sundays.”

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 2: Fit and Re-purposing

One of my “absolutes” in my style is that if it doesn’t fit, it either needs to go or has to change. Sometimes we love pieces and don’t want to get rid of them or we desperately want to try and make them fit. I understand – I’ve been guilty of that, myself. However, the more into style I get, the more I realize that clothes that don’t fit 1) often don’t make you feel confident and/or 2) they aren’t flattering. We all deserve clothes that flatter our bodies and make us feel confident. Nothing less.

There is a tool to save some of those items though, and that’s a tailor! Being petite, I face the “struggle” of finding many items of clothing that are too long to flatter my frame. Fortunately, I often shop at stores which have petite sizing. But, I am not afraid of a tailor! Clothes we buy in stores might NOT be made to fit your body right off the rack. (If they do, more power to you.) If the waist is too large or that leg too long, a tailor can easily hem and alter clothes to have them fit perfectly!

Of course, then we also have clothes that have outlived their use. We change shape and our lives take us on new paths. Our wardrobe should evolve with us. I firmly believe in reusing, re-purposing, etc. clothing items that no longer serve us well. You can drop them off at a thrift store or sell them on apps like Depop for a little extra cash.

Recently, one of my favorite statement necklaces of all time broke (R.I.P.). Whenever I wore it, I felt feminine and funky. (Notice those are two of my style adjectives?) Even though it no longer works, that doesn’t mean the life of the piece has to be over. I’ve taken the beads apart and am stoked to be refashioning them into a new piece of jewelry. I’ll definitely be showing it to you when my project is complete!

Thanks for swinging by and giving this post a read. I appreciate you so so much!!

❤ Zeebs