One of the most often used phrases in fashion? Just make it your own!
But, how do you make it your own? What does that even mean?
Cause we’re all smart. We get that the “idea” is to take the fashion that we’re offered 4 or so times a year and make our own style out of that. But, again, how?
Does that simply mean wear what you like, what makes you feel good, what fits your life? What if there’s more to it than that?
What if in the “how to to make it your own” conversation, it was a little about choosing what looks great on you and makes you feel good, and we also have the freedom to change things into what we really want.
How to make it your own:
We know that I love kimonos (and all things PJ dressing and the like). But, who says I have to wear a kimono just like everyone else?
Step 1 to make it my own:
Wear it backwards. (Actually, this works with so many pieces). Here, I love how the collar comes up high and it looks like a mock turtleneck. And because it’s backwards, the back is now open! And how great is that?!? A little structured, a little sexy, a little making it my own.
Step 2 to make it my own:
I slit the sides. You know, because a bare back wasn’t enough. How? I simply cut along the seam on the side (on this kimono there was an extra wide inset, so I simply removed it. Depending on what you’re cutting (as I am a fan of making things your own) the seam will vary. Cut as you see fit). I just thought that this short little jacket would look great with a little movement on the sides. I think I’m right.
And I love it balanced with the flares.
And it still looks great forwards (and as a robe!)
The moral? Making something your own is something you should try. And if you have to alter something to make it your own, I’m a fan. There’s nothing wrong with that! The best news about making something your own? It will work in all the ways you want it to, and isn’t that the point?
This kimono is vintage (the jeans are not), and I’ve linked similar pieces below. Go out and make them your own!