New Dress A Day

Thursday, July 1, 2010

In November 2009, independent blogger Marisa living in the USA set herself a challenge, to spend the entire year without doing an ounce of traditional clothing shopping. Her blog goes by the name of New Dress A Day

Marisa: New Dress A Day

"The thing that makes this girl happiest is scouring flea markets, vintage stores and garage sales for the perfect pieces to add to my wardrobe. I love finding vintage goodies that may not fit me perfectly or translate well with the current state of fashion and then make them work on me. (thank you Tim Gunn – “make it work” has become my mantra) I get out my trusty sewing machine to change hems, cut sleeves and tweak to transform a lowbudge piece that had it’s moment back in 1976 and give it another shot today, decades later. I have to say that whenever I wear my handmade pieces, I always get complimented and the best part is getting to tell everyone that I bought it for $1 and just shortened it, dyed it or cinched it to make it chic and current.

So, that’s where my ode to no traditional shopping begins. This year, I will be foregoing trips to Bloomies and Nordstrom for brand new gear. Goodbye to H&M purchases and accessory grabbing at Forever 21. And seeing the “must have” French Connection dress in People’s Style Watch will just have to suffice as a cut out on my inspiration board.

Instead, the only shopping that I’ll be able to do is that of pieces that have been used and worn already. So long to mall trips and hello to sifting through piles of vintage pieces at flea markets and at neighborhood garage sales. Each day for the entire year, I’m going to introduce a new piece into my existing wardrobe that I’ve found from these places. On top of this, I’m giving myself a budget of $1 a day.

One person’s trash is becoming my treasure this year. 365 days. 365 items of clothing. 365 dollars."

Marisa, I dont know how you find the time, but I salute you!

What a fantastic idea, not only does Marisa have blog filled with fun, but she one very creative re-fashionista. Marisa re-works old vintage and second hand dresses into new pieces, with her own step by step guide on achieving her end result. Check out some of her re-fashioned goodies below:

Day 209. 156 days and $154 left to go.



Day 205. 160 days and $158 left to go



Day 203. 162 days and $160 left to go



Day 188. 177 days and $174 left to go.



Follow Marisa's challenge, she still has 4 months to go.

I can't wait for her next dollar re-invention!



Journeywoman said...

Inspiring stuff... and those before pics are pretty funny :) I love the shirt dress she made out of that navy smock... thing.

Your blog's looking great Erica - still one of my faves!!


Unknown said...

She is very funny, I love the before photos too, look at this one posted a few days ago!

Thank you so much for reading and your kind comments, I am still following your blog too :)

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