Photographed by: Christine Williams

Well kids…it seems that Summer has come to an end.  Our peak wedding season is winding down, the tan lines are slowly disappearing, and the memories of the iconic PNE are a thing of the past.  But, while many of you are gearing up for back to school and cooler Fall weather, I’m going to be stretching out the Summer vibes as long as possible; at least until October!  That’s right, Summer is only getting started for me and Europe is calling!  In two weeks, my hubby and I are packing our bags and heading to London and Croatia for much needed one-on-one time in the sun!  I’ve got less than 10 days to plan my outfits and this week I’m taking my DIY distressed denim skirt out for a strut.  I think this beauty is coming with me…

 

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Outfit Details:

If you follow along on my IG Stories, you’ll remember this pencil skirt and top from a thrift store shopping haul I did last month.  The skirt is by Gap, which I purchased for $12.  It’s perfectly sun bleached and although it’s a few sizes larger than I would normally wear, I actually prefer a relaxed fit.  You’ll notice that I cut the hem to knee length and frayed the edges with a crochet needle.  It’s super easy but requires a little patience.  In fact, I ended up distressing the back pockets and hem a little more and really love the results!

I paired the skirt with this light-weight woven cap sleeve top.  The horizontal white stripe detailing is lovely and adds a little texture and a nautical feel.  I especially love the open back with the ribbons tie!  It’s super adorable and as the weather cools down, it can be layered with t-shirt or tank.

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Let’s just talk about my straw clutch for a minute…I mean, com’on, it’s everything, right?!  Another thrift store score for only $7.99.   The blue stitching adds a pop of color while the cute yellow and cream pom-pom tassels gives it personality and match my Alexander Wang shoes spot on!

Finer Details:

White Fleur de Lis Bracelet: Jeweliette Jewelry | Blue Woven Anchor Bracelet: Paul Hewitt | Gold and Aqua Cuff: Leah Alexandra

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

I’m going to give this outfit an A+ for it’s comfort and versatile factor.  My skirt will transition into the Fall season perfectly (imaging wearing it with a chunky sweater, black tights, ankle booties and a leather jacket!), AND the entire ensemble was under $100 (excluding the accessories!).  Also, for those of you who think that being fashionable means breaking the budget, keep an open mind and try thrifting.  I’m all about affordable luxury; in other words mixing hi-end pieces with low-cost thrifted items.   Remember, the trick to great style is knowing what’s trending and shopping for what works for your personal style and silhouette.  I mostly love thrifting because it give me creative freedom with my wardrobe and adds a unique, one-of-a-kind twist!  Can’t wait to see what I find in London…

If you’d like to book a thrift store shopping session with me, drop me a line at: nadia@nadiaalbano.com.