I treated myself to some new clothes with my new paycheck on Friday afternoon. But I wasn’t going to pay $59.95 for a pair of denim shorts, even though they were 40% off. Hell no. So when I got home I went through my pants drawer to see what I could alter from the last few years: a pair of pipe-legged white pants that I’d gotten from JCPenney last fall ($12.95 during summer clearance) for my Halloween costume as Flo the Progressive Insurance Girl; a pair of denim trousers from the Gap ($29.95 or thereabouts) that I bought on clearance years ago that were too big in the waist and so had a saggy crotch, and also weren’t really long enough for my legs; and a pair of light grey denim crop pants from the Gap that were on clearance for $9.95 that I’d bargained down to $7.95 because of a missing waist button, but were always too tight in the calves.
Last summer was maybe the first time I’d ever had the guts to wear shorts in public, and I had bought one pair of shorts at–where else?–Express. On Friday I treated myself to two more pairs ($39.95 + 40% off each) and went home and made myself two more pairs. Oddly, the distressed denim shorts were more expensive than the nice pairs, eliciting a “WTF?”
But now, aside from maybe some skirts to wear to work, I have three more pairs of bottoms that should get me through the summer. Check out the before and aters below!
First: The white pants
Second: The grey denim goes from crops to shorts
Third: Denim trousers go from saggy to ’70s-style high-wasted shorts
So, there you have it! Save the money to invest in a sewing machine and sewing tools. It will save your life for years to come!