collared shirts and clogs

DIY shirt, thrifted skirt, Sportsgirl clogs, Bop Bijoux ring

For the longest time, I had been on the hunt for a sleeveless collared shirt (that didn’t feature a Ralph Lauren pony). In the end I caved and just DIY’d one by cutting the sleeves clean off of a dress shirt. Of course, as the story always goes, the next time I went shopping I saw them pretty much everywhere. I think this is one of the universal laws of shopping – when you are desperately seeking a particular item, you can never find it; and when you are no longer looking or in need of the item, it seems to pop up at every turn.


  1. This is nice πŸ™‚ I really like the shirt, that's so cool that you made it yourself!

  2. Mez January 5, 2011

    It is TOTALLY a universal law. Very clean, simple look. I love the clogs, they make the outfit.

  3. rosanguyen January 5, 2011

    I definitely been searching for shortsleeved or sleeveless blouses for the really hot summer now…

  4. curious constellation January 5, 2011

    That law is so very true.

  5. Becky-May January 5, 2011

    oh wow! lovely outfit, it reminds me of miu miu for some reason πŸ™‚ anyway, you look lovely!



    The Flower Girl

  6. Becky-May January 5, 2011

    oh wow! lovely outfit, it reminds me of miu miu for some reason πŸ™‚ anyway, you look lovely!



    The Flower Girl

  7. The Velvet Bow January 5, 2011

    Soph I am loving all these outfit posts! You have inspired me to make more of an effort to do them myself.

    That is a great idea with the white shirt, I found a sleeveless one before I went away without trying it on and it is a really weird shape so I might just try this instead.

    I really like your necklace, can I ask where it is from?


  8. Blackswan January 5, 2011

    i've always wanted to try a sleeveless collared shirt with a bold chunky necklace… what you did with this white shirt is great!

    i see you're wearing "that" amethyst necklace – i was wearing mine just yesterday! πŸ™‚

    x Your Only Blackswan

  9. Vicky January 5, 2011

    Wow. This outfit looks oh-so perfect for Spring. Love the pastel coloured skirt with the crisp white, and your clogs are lovely x

  10. A Little Brighter January 5, 2011

    Oh! This is such a good idea. I have been looking for the perfect sleeveless shirt for awhile, but the collars are always too high! This will be much easier to track down!

    Ayesha x

  11. Jessica January 5, 2011

    that's absolutely right! i often seek a particular item but end up find nothing. so whenever i go shopping i always tend to not over-think everything i want and just let it flow. haha
    love your sleeveless shirt and pale skirt btw!
    you always wear cool outfits that makes me love you more more and more!

  12. Crafty Nell January 5, 2011

    Lovely outfit, and that necklace is gorgeous!

    Penny x

  13. LUU H. January 5, 2011

    i was thinking doing the same, but i love my white shirts too much!

  14. wikigirl January 5, 2011

    It is indeed shopping law! Love the pale pink on you, it's really pretty πŸ™‚

  15. skeletaldreams January 5, 2011

    this look is so pretty! you look gorgeous

  16. soph (owl vs. dove) January 5, 2011

    @Mez: they definitely anchor the outfit – I tried it with cream flats but it felt a bit meh

    @rosanguyen: try DIY! haha

    @Becky-May: thanks for the comparison!

    @TheVelvetBow: The necklace was actually a gift from Blackswan (the commentor below you). I think she found it in a crystal shop in Bondi though.

    @Blackswan: Because it's amaaaaaazing. I never used to wear necklaces before but I wear this one all the time! I have you to thank haha

    @ALittleBrighter: definitely. A little alteration goes a long way.

    @Jessica: I like the 'let it flow' mantra when it comes to op-shopping, but when it comes to normal shopping I find that it causes me to buy heaps of random stuff I don't need haha

    @LuuH: That is a dilemma. Luckily this one hardly ever got worn as a long sleeved shirt

  17. Mila January 5, 2011

    I love this,beautiful!

  18. Lyric and Thread January 5, 2011

    very nice…everytime i go into sportsgirl i look at those clogs. i might have to go back πŸ™‚

  19. Flashes of Style January 5, 2011

    Ahh! Can I please steal that skirt? It is my absolute favorite color at the moment hehe.

    xx Bonnie

  20. thenextarrow January 5, 2011

    LOVE the necklace.


    xo Alison

  21. Dylana Suarez January 5, 2011

    Your skirt is so so pretty!


  22. Mo Pie, Please January 5, 2011

    What cute clogs! I love the outfit, you are always inspiring me and my fashion choices!

  23. Erika of Style Activist January 5, 2011

    Adore the pink skirt! And the crystal necklace is beautiful.


  24. FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION January 5, 2011

    Love this outfit! Especially loving those shoes! xo

  25. chocandcinnamon January 5, 2011

    Love the color combination, looks so soft and girly πŸ™‚

  26. sojourned in style January 5, 2011

    great outfit. together the skirt, DIY shirt adn clogs marry to make a beautiful get-up. that is so great that you DIY-ed it. but i get waht you mean when you do it yourself it pops up. it looks great, nontheless.

  27. BΓ©racha January 5, 2011

    the shirt looks lovely, great job!

  28. Twobreadsplease January 5, 2011

    i love your shirt, i bet it's better than all the sleeveless ones that are popping up now. you look so crisp and summery, very lovely πŸ™‚ x

  29. Betsey January 5, 2011

    such a pretty and fresh outfit! love it! πŸ™‚

  30. josephine January 6, 2011

    very cute necklace, I always wanted one something like that.

  31. Barbara January 6, 2011

    that necklace is absolutely beautiful!

  32. Ally,The Vintage Valley January 6, 2011

    really sweet skirt!! the colour is perfect xx

  33. JANE January 6, 2011

    I always love how simple, elegant and feminine your outfits are. And I think it applies to everything, when you stop looking, it shows up. Happy New Years to you and yours πŸ™‚

  34. Meggstatus January 6, 2011

    Those shoes are so adorable!

  35. Bec January 6, 2011

    Hello πŸ™‚ Haha yes I should have also said I'll only buy cameos if they're not too expensive. The ones at the jewellers cost a bomb!

    I love those clogs, I have the tan coloured ones πŸ™‚ I saw this ring on etsy and it made me think of your necklace:

  36. Lisa Grace January 6, 2011

    ugh I hate when that happens. cutting the sleeves off is such a great idea though, and it turned out great!

  37. S and O January 6, 2011

    I am such a fan of the high-waist skirts and this one is totally lovely! That rosy color is just gorgeous πŸ™‚

  38. Li January 6, 2011

    lovely!!! happy holiday!!! those are beautiful, xx

  39. arnique January 6, 2011

    Absolute love. I've been needing something simple and spring-y. πŸ˜€

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

  40. life is indeed funny that way..haha. when we're looking for something, life gives us a hard time..:D

    love the simple and chic outfit!

    β™₯ vanilla ice cream β™₯

  41. Mademoiselle-marie January 6, 2011

    very sweet and nice outfit

  42. cel January 6, 2011

    love it! πŸ˜€


  43. i love the soft colors of your outfit, and it makes me long for warmer spring weather! also, your necklace is beautiful!

  44. Sarah January 6, 2011

    Love this outfit, the colors are amazing

  45. Stacy January 6, 2011

    Beautiful skirt and of course amethyst is grand!

    I love being able to see what's being worn on the other side of the hemisphere – makes me long for summer.

  46. Michelle January 6, 2011

    The shirt looks great! A really classy outfit, I adore the crystal necklace to bits. At least you can say you DIY'd the shirt, and be proud of that!

    PS. Just found your blog, I'm in love.

  47. Rosa January 6, 2011

    beautiful!! πŸ™‚

  48. sbot January 6, 2011

    Great clogs.


  49. HΒ² January 6, 2011

    Love that outfit!

  50. how pretty! i think that most of my favorite dress shirts have the sleeves cut off – as soon as the weather gets warm, off they go!

  51. Summer January 6, 2011

    i love the color combo! it is so sweet and simple. Thank you for your comment πŸ™‚ I am your new follower. I hope you come back soon, doll…

    β™₯ β™₯

    xoxo Summer

  52. LVE+JOY January 6, 2011

    This is such a soft a gorgeous outfit. I love the sugary pastel colour of the skirt and thos shoes are to die for!
    I love your style – I'm following πŸ™‚
    i have a new post up on my blog. drop by if you like, or follow me – it would make my day!
    twitter @cathodgkin

  53. Alexandra January 6, 2011

    i love this ensemble. your necklace is amazing. i need one. looking forward to your future posts.

    alexandra xox

  54. Amandamarie January 6, 2011

    i love this simple outfit, but especially the color of the skirt. really gorgeous


  55. Raez January 7, 2011

    too pretty! i adore your pale palette, so flattering on you!

    xx raez

  56. Heart Charlie January 7, 2011

    This outfit is perfect! You look so beautiful, love the white clogs πŸ™‚

  57. ALWAYS CHASING January 7, 2011

    Love the skirt a great find!

    I found a beautiful lavendar sleevless shirt, my boyfriend didnt like it and even though I loved it I couldnt bring myself to buy it know he wouldnt love it when I wore it…lame I know!

  58. Flor de Maria Fashion January 7, 2011

    I just found your blog and I love it!!! This look is very classy but chic πŸ™‚


  59. Tryx Ryan January 7, 2011

    Nice shoes.I like your blog..

  60. avalonne lou summers January 7, 2011

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you! Firstly, Happy New Year!!! Secondly, look this look! You did a really good job on the shirt. Those shirts at American Apparel are like 50 bucks… crazy. Love the blush pink of the skirt! Adore adore adore!!! Wishing you a healthy, safe, successful and Happy New Year!

  61. claire (jazzpad.) January 7, 2011

    This is definitely a fashion phenomenon, it was the same for me and Chelsea boots. Desperately hunting for the perfect pair for MONTHS, and then when at last eBay came up trumps, they were then everywhere. Sod's law it seems. DIY is the quickest (and cheapest) way forward it seems!jazzy β™₯

  62. nudey beige pink things are heaven paired together. love this lots.

  63. soph (owl vs. dove) January 8, 2011

    @LyricandThread: I used to do the same! Lucky I got them for Christmas otherwise I'd still be lusting after them

    @Bonnie: If we were in the same vicinity I'd let you borrow it no problems! haha

    @MoPie: ahh you are too kind!

    @Bec: yay for matchy clogs! I wanted to tan ones but they didn't have my size. booo. That said, these ones made a very nice stand in. And that ring you linked to is all sorts of amazing!

    @Stacy: haha seeing all the cosy winter outfits in northern hemisphere blogs makes me crave winter!

    @Michelle: true. There is immense satisfaction (and a tiny bit of smugness lol) in being able to say "I did it myself"

    @Summer and @LVE+JOY: thanks for following πŸ™‚

    @AlwaysChasing: oh that's always a dilemma. Understandable. Although I think a lavender shirt would look lovely! (Where was it? I might be able to snap it up! haha)

    @avalonne: no worries! thanks for the well wishes. And I hear you on the AA shirts – although due to inflation they'd end up costing a lot more in Australia. Crazy, isn't it?

  64. Sarah January 8, 2011

    Loving this look!

  65. sPam January 8, 2011

    I wish there was Sportsgirl here. Those clogs are lovely.

    sPam of frou-frou

  66. jae January 9, 2011

    love your blog!! cute outfit all together, its so simple yet chic!
    following you, follow back if you like!

  67. jamie-lee January 9, 2011

    I love that you made the shirt – it looks incredible! (not to self, must learn to sew) x

  68. Brittany January 9, 2011

    Love the clogs, you totally make me want some! And the skirt color is perfect!

  69. alannah. January 9, 2011

    mm i love the colour of your skirt. its just that right pastel colour to calm the day in my eyes πŸ™‚

  70. January 9, 2011

    Your amethyst pendant is super sweet!

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    Wonderful post!
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