Sunday, March 25, 2007

Craft Tip #1

Of late, I have developed a weird obsession with buttons. It seems to be one of the first things I notice about a piece of clothing, however unfortunately this obsession usually manifests itself with my making an observation such as, "I would really like this sweater if only it didn't have such horrible buttons."

I am also rather prone to periodic reviews of and edits to my wardrobe, meditating on those items I just can't bring myself to get rid of, but never seem to wear. Well, I was reviewing my wardrobe last night and took pause when I got to this Old Navy sweater. I like it, it makes for a good cover-up with a dress I really like, however the buttons have always struck me as very cheap looking, and a bit of a detraction.

Light bulb! - I decided to get some nicer buttons and replace those awful, chintzy ones, and that's just what I did. I felt a little silly spending $14 on buttons for a sweater that probably only cost about $20 in the first place, but I really liked them, and they totally classed things up.

So...long story short, my tip for today is BUTTONS. A simple little switch-a-roo can really go a long way in transforming the look of something. I have another so-so sweater that I've been thinking needs some type of face lift, and after considering embroidery, I think I'll just go with a button swap. Way easier, and it could still have a big impact. It is such a simple, easy idea, but I never realized how big a difference it could make.

P.S. I heard that Star Jones Reynolds used to switch out the buttons on her discount store suits with fake Chanel buttons from Chinatown. Make of this information what you will.