This is one of my favorite outfits lately. It’s so easy to throw on and perfect for fall days where it’s chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon. It’s kind of a weird concept, but I love my sleeveless turtleneck from Madewell. It’s a great layering piece and looks good with so many jackets, cardigans and necklaces. I bought it last winter and it has since become a staple in my wardrobe.
A few of my friends got me super into enamel and button pins and putting them on my jacket. Right now, they’re on this thrifted denim jacket I’m wearing here, but once it gets a little colder out, I’ll probably switch them to my faux leather jacket (it’s a few years old and was very inexpensive or else I would never poke holes in it!). It adds a fun element to an otherwise simple outfit, like mine, and lets your personality shine through.
The pins on my jacket are also special because so many of them were gifts from friends. One of my favorite pins is pictured above. It’s a typewriter that says “create something new” and my friend got it for me (from our favorite bookstore— The Strand!) because she knows how much I love blogging and writing. It was such a thoughtful gift and I love wearing it on my jacket everyday. My roomie also got me the “Erase You” pin (pictured below) after we both admired it while shopping together. She is one of the people who got me really into putting pins on my jacket, so I love wearing a pin she gave me!
Adding pins, buttons and patches to denim jackets, or really anything, has become super trendy lately. I think part of the reason is that for so long, fashion was about conforming to the trends and having the specific name brand bag in a certain color and fitting in. There has been a shift in the industry and now many consumers and industry veterans are tired of that and want to stand out and make a statement with their outfits. Adding fun elements with a pop of personality ensures that your denim jacket will look nothing like anyone else’s.
There are so many places to get enamel and button pins, but a few of my favorites are Etsy (so many unique ones on there- it’s where I found my Iris Apfel pin!), The Strand Bookstore in NYC and Madewell. Urban Outfitters also has a huge selection as well. If you are interested in starting to add some pins to your jacket, bag or anything else, I would recommend starting slow. Buy a pin or two as you see them, instead of ordering them all at once. It becomes a fun little treasure hunt and when you find them, it’s a nice way to treat yourself with a little something without breaking the bank 🙂
Have you ever DIY-ed something in your closet? Let me know in the comments below!