Culotte Conversion

First thing’s first: Let’s shop the closet!

After a sit-down with my personal CFO (Mr. Wallet), I’ve decided that it would be a good idea to work with what I’ve already got in my closet before I go out hunting in the Fashion Forest.  Mr. Wallet agrees… the hunt can be very dangerous for him after all.

I’ll begin by pulling out all of the old styles that I no longer wear.  Whether it’s a tired old cardigan from my preppy phase or a pleated floral skirt that now reminds me of a lamp shade, I’ll pull it.  Why waste valuable real estate holding on to pieces that I know  I’ll never wear again?  But what’s this?… an old pair of brown culottes from Express?  First of all, what the heck was I thinking?  Yes, I wore them once or twice… somehow I rocked the culottes.  Paired with tall boots and turtle neck, they weren’t so bad.  To toss or not to toss?  That is the question.  Hmmmm… I’ve got it!  Let’s modify the culottes.  Genius!

So I took them to my tailor and we turned them into shorts!Culottes Turned Shorts
Now the hunt begins!  I’m going through my closet piece by piece, thinking of ways to update and recreate some of my old favorites.  It just takes a little imagination and a great tailor!  I’ll keep you posted  🙂

About Michelle

I am a stylist and former fashion buyer, and I am obsessed with all things STYLE. I started Runway Translator as a way to share my love for styling and curating head-to-toe looks for women. I love creating interesting combinations by mixing high-end and affordable pieces. My inspirations come from the runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and my own local fashion scene in Tampa, Florida.
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3 Responses to Culotte Conversion

  1. Ruth Eleson says:

    I think this is a great idea….Can’t wait for the next chapter..

  2. funk4276 says:

    Libby,
    Excellent question! It depends on what you want to have done, but for the pants to shorts conversion it will run you anywhere from $12 to $16. I paid $15 because she added a true cuff to the hemline using the excess fabric. I also have a dress that I’m having made into a skirt and that will only cost me $12. Simple alterations like pant hems and waistlines should only cost you about $5. Definately worth it!
    The key is to find a talented tailor with quality workmanship. I recommend Tatiana at The Tailor’s Corner on Kennedy Blvd. (#813-872-0881) She’s the best in Tampa! Good Luck refurbishing your oldie but goodies!

  3. Libby says:

    How much does it typically cost to alter?? I would love to bring some old clothes in but need to know if it’s worth it!

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