Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chain Gang





D.I.Y.-ish. I took some chain and safety-pinned it to the sides of an 2-year old AA dress. I got the safety-pin chain idea from an editorial in a magazine I'm blanking on. The stylist stuck chains all over Alexander Wang tees and Balmain shoulder pads. I figured American Apparel could use the same treatment.
I topped it all off with a men's chambray shirt and thrifted white booties. Rather fulfilling fashion-wise and most importantly cheap, cheap, cheap!

Challenge to readers: how else to use safety pins on clothes you already have in your closet. Discuss.

LL


27 comments:

Amanda said...

I use safety pins on the inside of garments to hold them together in a way that gives it a different and new silhouette.

Goth-people use safety pins just as they are for decoration...


I loved you DIY-ish dress!:D

hellohoneyno said...

hot outfit! if it were left up to me, i'd make something silly like a safety pin necklace (one similar to a paperclip necklace in grade school). love it!

Tea said...

MMM hot hot!

Sal said...

Brilliant! Such a fantastic look ... and an undo-able DIY is my favorite kind of DIY.

...love Maegan said...

cute cute cute ...I'm thinking you're tiny tiny :) DIY and vintage are the best way to be unique and fabulous!

dapper kid said...

I am so jealous of that chambray shirt! Love the diy :) I'm tempted to buy a ton of safety pins, and make a pattern on a t-shirt.

stylewithbenefits said...

LOVE your booties. So hott. I like how you mixed up the look with the men's shirt. Sweet combo. :)

xo, Becs
http://www.stylewithbenefits.wordpress.com

ZombieLace said...

Who knew a little bit of chain could step that dress up about ten notches? I love it with the awesome shirt and boots! Hmm how else to use safety pins... Cut a garment into strips then safety pin it all back together for a shredded rockstar look!

greenjeans said...

So that chambray shirt is awesome! And congrats on making chains and safety-pins look really cool rather than really angsty-teenagery.

I used to rock one of those huge safety pins as a button on a cardigan with no buttons...

camerafilmroll said...

I love it! So gonna try it out! (:

lisa said...

Ooh love this DIY! Hmm I'm not much of a girl for safety pin experimentation...if it were up to me I might buy the biggest ones I can get my hands on and embellish them with ribbons and charms and pendants and use them as blazer lapel pins.

WendyB said...

Nice job!

Wanderlusting said...

In my current blog post, the dress I am wearing is actually safety pinned in the back - discreetly though - to shorten it. But hot damn, i love your ingenuity! That dress is HOT x100000!

Hannah is Narnia's Closet said...

ooh great grunge look! you remind me of michelle pfeiffer in grease2 haha

Ike said...

very cute! I love DIYs that can be done right before leaving for school :)

Dream Sequins said...

Yay DIY! I think I may use them to pin together a t-shirt with rips, so it looks like it was pinned on purpose ;)

Hanako66 said...

ah, you look so great!!!!!

Winnie said...

Ooh I like this, especially because you can change the position of the chains whenever you want!

I've never done anything interesting with safety pins other than using them to make skirts a little shorter etc!

Shen-Shen said...

I LOVE this simple DIY.. I think I may need to try this myself. Genius idea, you look hot.

phamzy said...

i like the idea of hanging chains on the skirt!


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Robin said...

I love it.
Where are your booties from?
I adore them.

indigotangerine said...

your boots are very vintage rocker glam. I like the way you took the safety pin- chain past the goth look. I have a big safety pin that i stuck fake pearls on and used as a pendant.
-indigo

Elizabeth Marie said...

Cute cute!! Love DIY, I'm getting better but Im still a newbie.

And I'm a twin too! AWWW!! We're cool. XOXO

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-you look fabulous and thats a great diy job! Have a lovely weekend!

fhen said...

this is a great DIY project! love it!

Lesley said...

hot hot hot! i need to do this!

Liz Blair said...

What a great look. I can't believe how much style you can add to an ordinary outfit this way!