This piece began as a rather frumpish blouse.
If you squint a little (or just enlarge the photo), you can see some of the coffee stains that I originally didn’t notice when I first snagged it for a buck. Stains are usually a deal breaker for me. If you can’t get them out, there’s not much you can do. :/ However, I had a plan!
I cut the top off a good bit, and opened up the front to make a jacket. I took in the blouse from the back: Once to make it smaller, and then a smaller bit on the bottom to keep it from being gapey.
I wore my cute new bolero at work, with a sun dress tucked into my pants to look like a blouse…
And I wore my cute new bolero much better by night, after I untucked that dress and threw on my favorite cowboy boots!
I’m really happy with how this new piece contributes to my wardrobe by making any dull neutral much less blah with its awesome print.