The Versace embellished blazer has taken over my life. Ever since I laid eyes on Megan Fox strutting around in it, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that ensemble. Versace is out of my budget, but I knew creating a jacket like this wouldn’t take much money or time. I had to make it myself.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Upcycle an oversized blazer.
Gently used blazers are the best because they have a worn-in look and feel. I wanted a blazer that fit more like a masculine suit jacket but still showed off my shape. I sized up to a women’s 12 so the shoulder pads would offset my figure and there was space to allow for bulky garments such as sweaters and heavier knits to fit underneath.
2. Gather charms and jewelry clamps.
I am very lucky that my mom has a jewelry studio in her house. Over the years, she has been collecting different charms, pins and beads. However, many of the charms and pins on this exact jacket came from the thrift store. While you can go to JoAnn’s and Michaels to purchase them, I just love how these are receiving a second life. Vintage pieces are so special.
Aside from pins and charms, a key piece to making this blazer have that “designer” effect is the use of jewelry clamps. Traditionally, these are used on the ends of ribbon to make necklaces or bracelets. You can purchase these at your local craft store or on Amazon. I really enjoy the look of mixed metals, so I used an array of gold and silver clamps in all different sizes.
3. Layout the design.
Undoubtedly the hardest part of this DIY is laying out the design. When you have a lot of really cool pieces to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what will make the cut. I took a lot of inspiration from the Versace blazer when it came to the use of jewelry clamps. I love how many they used and the placement of them. I hung a few charms from them to create some dimension.
Safety pins are making a huge comeback in fashion (hello newly resurfaced emo, punk era!) so I wanted to make a statement with them. I tried laying them out vertical to match the lines on the blazer, however, I loved the stacked horizontal look best. I added a few charms to the bottom one as well to offset the other side of the suit jacket.
4. Attach everything to the jacket.
Once everything is laid out to your liking, grab some needle-nose pliers and start attaching. The jewelry clamps are so easy to push down with pliers. If you are using charms, make sure to use jump rings to attach them with. It gives the charm more movement and is easier to securely fasten on the jacket.
I also sewed on a few tiny gold beads and my label. It makes me so happy just looking at it.
There you have it, love! A very easy DIY that looks so designer and chic. All you need is a good day at the thrift store, a few minutes at the craft store and an hour to put it all together. I’m very tempted to embellish a bralette to wear underneath the blazer like Megan Fox.
If you make your own, I would love to see! Tag me in your photos on Instagram or leave a comment below.
Until next time, Spread Kindness.