What I Wore Today: 07/03/2012 (And Stripes Forever)

July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid

I don't know about where you live, but here, Independence Day celebrations always seem to start a day ahead, and I like to be ready with a patriotic outfit in tow. This skirt is one of several versions I've made out of men's shirt sleeves. It's fun to wear because some people figure it out or ask about it, while others don't seem to notice what it is at all. 

The chambray shirt is one of my very favorite items of clothing that I own, which is strange because I was initially a bit on the fence about buying it, since I'm not generally that enthusiastic about button-downs. Does that ever happen to you; you aren't in love with at item at first sight, but it soon becomes a favorite?

Anyway, the chambray is very, very lightweight which makes it perfect for a sweltering day like yesterday.

July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid
July 3rd Outfit: DIY skirt made from men's shirt sleeves, eyelet oxfords, ruffle chambray shirt, herringbone braid

Ruffled chambray shirt - The Limited

Skirt - DIY, made from men's shirt sleeves

Eyelet oxfords - gift

Pavé cable link bracelet - gift, J.Crew

It's funny; as I was putting in links for the credits right there, I realized that this outfit is made up primarily of sartorial comfort food: pieces I go back to over and over again. What are your comfort items?