Cheap & Chic DIY: 2 Ways to Reinvent a Thrift Store Blazer

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How to reinvent the thrift store blazer

How many times have you found the perfect blazer at a thrift store, only to find that it just doesn’t fit right? While the oversized boyfriend jacket is in right now, the fits of jackets have changed since the 60’s to 80’s – making it tough to rock thrift store blazers without doing some modifications.

Don’t worry, though – it’s easier than you think to make that too-wide vintage blazer fit like it was made for you! Here are a few simple solutions to give your blazer a tailored look without breaking out the sewing machine (or breaking the bank).

Option 1: Pin the Back

What you’ll need:

  • Your blazer
  • A pretty pin or brooch you want to show off
DIY blazer tutorial - pin the back of your blazer

This is a super easy way to take in your blazer. And it’s only one step! Just grab your favorite pin (sparkly statement pieces work best), gather the center back of the jacket onto the pin (see the finished product below), then clip. That’s all there is to it!

Option 2: Use Ribbon

What you’ll need:

  • Your blazer
  • Two 24″ pieces (or longer, if you want a larger bow) of wide ribbon
  • A needle and thread
  • Optional: Fray Check or clear nail polish
DIY blazer tutorial - use ribbon

If you want a pretty, feminine look, this is a great option that will create a bow at the back of your jacket. To do this, take two pieces of ribbon (use Fray Check or clear nail polish to stop the edges from fraying) and sew them down a few inches from the center back of the jacket as shown above. Use thread that matches the color of your jacket for best results. Then tie into a pretty bow.

Finished Products:

Finished DIY blazers

As you can see, both of these options take the extra fabric and bunch it up for a cute, perfectly fitted look. Leave the jacket open to expose more of your top, and revel in the compliments you’ll receive on your fabulous new piece.

What do you think?

Is this a cheap and chic solution you’ll be trying out? How do you make vintage blazers work for you? Do you have any other tutorials you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

20 thoughts on “Cheap & Chic DIY: 2 Ways to Reinvent a Thrift Store Blazer”

  1. Awesome idea! I really appreciated this post (especially since I have a newly thrifted blazer that’s sitting in my closet right now). Hope to see more like this of college fashion in the future!

  2. Such a great idea. So simple yet so inventive. I tried on an amazing Armani blazer at my favorite vintage store but it was too big so I didn’t get it. Hopefully it’s still there!

  3. This is great! I just bought a vintage tuxedo jacket last night that was perfect but just a bit too big. I was going to bring it to my tailor but I think I’ll try this first 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  4. wow what an amazing idea!
    i’ve always avoided buying thrifted blazers because they could never fit, but this is the best way to remedy that!
    time to go pay a visit to goodwill!

  5. Loved this, Lindsey! Both of the new embellishments on the blazer are adorable–they look way high-end, like you bought them that way!

  6. thx!! this was a very good inspiration to me! instead of using a brooch or a pin, i sewed a button with light pink thread onto a pin then i pinned it on. it looks so much better i am thrilled that i did 🙂

  7. Thanks so much! This is such a awesome idea, because i can never seem to find a good fitting blazer at a reasonable price. Will definitely try this.


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