Looking for ways to freshen up your wardrobe without spending a fortune? With just a little imagination and some basic skills, you can give your favorite items a new look, instead of discarding them. Expect to win compliments for your creativity and original style, as well as saving cash. Here are 7 simple ideas to get you started.
- Cut downs
All you need is a pair of scissors! Cut up your old jeans to make shorts, or transform a favorite maxi dress into a mini! Turn your long-sleeved t-shirt into a short-sleeved version for the summer. The best thing about cutting clothes to give them a new lease of life is that very often, no sewing is needed as the rough edges are part of their charm.
- Add a collar
To give a more refined and preppy look to round neck sweaters or jackets, simply attach a ready-made collar. Whether you go for a Peter Pan style, Victorian lace, or a patterned shirt collar, you’ll instantly add a touch of formality to your look.
If you really want to add a touch of class to your blouses, jackets jeans, or even a fabric hold-all, adding embroidery detailing will allow you to express your personality. Even with beginner sewing machines, you’ll be able to create spectacular and unique designs. Adding a monogram to your blouse cuffs will instantly give them a more exclusive feel.
- Dye it
Tie-dying a t-shirt can mean much more than scrunching it up and soaking it in dye. Why not try some Japanese Shibori techniques, to produce stunning and unusual patterns which are typically more intricate and detailed than a asic tie-dye.
- Customized printing
Bored with your plain white t-shirts? These days it’s easy to head down to the nearest print shop and have them personalized by adding your favorite digital images, a quote that you love in an attractive font, or a drawing that expresses your sense of humor. The only limit to what you can create is your imagination!
- Add jewels
With just a glue gun and some crystals, you can add a touch of glamor to any item- a denim jacket, a purse, or even some summer slides. It’ll be your choice – go for a subtle look or full-on Hollywood glamor!
- Make your own jewelry
Express your own unique style and personalize any outfit by creating some quirky original jewelry. Work with beads or create an Indian-style mala necklace by threading some seeds and a few colored stones from a craft store. Plait leather band to create unusual bracelets or use steel chains for a biker look. As you get more adventurous, you may even want to invest in some basic jewelry making tools to turn your inspirations into reality,
In the end, there are no limits to the ways that you can add fabulous personal touches to your outfits! Inspiration is everywhere, raw materials are inexpensive and the results can make all the difference to your image. What’s stopping you from getting started and having some fun?