DIY ROSE GOLD, FAUX LEATHER JACKET
In short, same girl, ill fitted clothes, new style.
This post is about how I fixed my faux leather jacket, online shopping mistake.
If you haven't read any of the previous post's explaining the purpose of the "Eco-Express yourself, Recycle fashion" series, click right here, or scroll down for a quick repeat after the photos.
In this part of the series, I will go into the value of salvaging clothes and breathe new life into them.
What I'm wearing.
Home altered rose gold, faux leather jacket. See below for before photo and information about the process.
The black Dr.Martens boots are about 4 years old.
The black cat eye sunglasses are about 3 years old.
The color of the jacket is a bit stronger in real life than what it appear to be in the photos. The light is just reflecting of the metallic material, to make it appear lighter.
This warm shade is so much better for my skin tone and I'm so excited to use it now, as a metallic jacket has been on my shopping list for several years.
I considered keeping it and just wearing lots of makeup with it, as it was still cool. However, I knew that this would result in me not using it nearly enough, and that I would still be wanting a gold or a rose gold jacket. So, it would just be a waste. As it would not pay of to return it because of the shipping cost over seas, the only solution was to turn this jacket into the jacket I thought I bought. Thank heaven for leather paint, which I am now low key obsessed with, and keep looking for leather-like things in my closet to fix up or alter/better.
Below to the left: The gold leather spray paint I used to turn this jacket from metallic pink to rose-gold. I sprayed it as delicately and evenly as I could to avoid a patchy look, as I wanted the gold color to blend with the already metallic pink material for a rose gold outcome. I also went over with a sponge, to try and spread the color more evently on places where the color became too patchy.
Below to the right: A close up on the material and color of the rose gold jacket, finished results.
The trick is to think of your closet as a collection, and only shop for what's missing. Never just buy something because it's pretty or cool. Take notice of what you really need when roaming through your clothes getting ready, and make a list. This is a good way of preventing that impulse shopping, based on your feelings for that random shiny dress you just got a fleeting crush on (that you'll never get to wear). The key is to build a wardrobe where you can find an outfit for any occasion, without having to go shopping. Even if it's for work, a birthday party, camping, or a wedding. Too many of us have the "I have a hundred party tops, and yet I have nothing to wear" kind of closets. Or, the "I only have work clothes, and nothing fancy". It's all about finding that right balance.
Instead, spare the environment the pollution, and save money on buying long lasting quality items. This way, you can rather spend your money on replacing basics (Also, more left for the occasional splurge on fashion fabs).