Opening your closet and seeing the same shirts, skirts, pants, and dresses isn’t exciting. But you also don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe. So why not use these fun and creative ways to upcycle your clothes.
Giving your ordinary denim some pizzazz is a resourceful way to develop a new look. You likely have most of the items you need at home, so it shouldn’t be too complicated. All you need is an old pair of jeans, one velvet ribbon in your favorite color, and some iron-on tape. After creating stripes with the ribbon, your pants will look so unique that people might ask where you recently purchased them or possibly ask you to make a pair for their closet.
It doesn’t make sense to spend an exorbitant amount for a new denim jean skirt when you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Grab a pair of old jeans that are no longer in your rotation. After cutting the pair and removing the back pockets, you can sew the remaining section together to get that retro look of a hip denim skirt.
You can wear older t-shirts to make an exciting necktie. Adding a built-in choker for a tee gives you that edgy look without the discomfort of metal around your neck. Instead, use a piece of your shirt to provide the same effect. A choker tee is an innovative way to spice up your look without purchasing a V-neck t-shirt.
There are many silky bomber jackets on the market. It turns out that all you need to create your own is an old, oversized blouse. You can alter the blouse by cutting a few pieces off while adding elastic cuffs to the sleeves. Another integral part of creating this attractive jacket is finding and measuring the perfect zipper. The result will be very different from the blouse, and you’ll probably save a lot of money while designing such a unique piece.
Warmer weather is coming, which means you can get a head start on summer fashion with a re-imagined off-the-shoulder top. Rather than spend money on designer versions, look in your closet and see what you can repurpose.
There’s no reason to buy anything for this project because you just need a shirt and cutting utensils. You may have to alter some buttons, but you’ll have a relaxed style that goes well with your favorite pair of shorts.
Using these fun and creative ways to upcycle your clothes is an excellent way to get more out of your apparel without breaking the bank. You’ll be amazed what you can create with a pair of scissors, a sewing machine, and an imaginative mind.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.