The fall and winter seasons are here, and so is all of the fashion that comes along with it. It can be fun to layer up and embrace all of the fashion and trends for when the weather is colder; it can be hard to show off your personal style of identity when you are just buying the same styles and colors that everyone is wearing this season. Want to stand out? We give our top ways to make your clothing unique to you, recycle some older clothing, and keep to any budget that you have. With a little time, planning, creativity, and our shopping list below, you can create something really unique to you that no one else will be rocking. So here are some of the things that you can do to get your custom clothing on and create the pieces for you.
Cut It Up
If you’ve got an old piece of clothing that you love, but it needs a new lease of life, then taking the scissors to it can be a good way to do something new with it. You can cut pieces off old t-shirts, for instance, cutaway collars on tops, create rips in jeans, or even create something new like a crop top or some shorts. I do this all the time to sweatshirts. Sometimes when you cut the collars it stops looking like a sweatshirt and more like a top. You will end up with something unique.
If the thought of taking scissors to your items of clothing seems a bit much, then think about using pins or badges instead. It can also make your look seem more expensive that in it really is. For example, I wear a Gucci pin with a Target jacket - voila - instantly looks more expensive!. I have linked some of my favorite pins below so you can easily check some out starting at less than $20! You could also use earrings you already have instead of pins - they usually work just as well on any fabric. You could upgrade back pockets on jeans, jazz up a plain bag, or create a unique looking denim jacket with patches. Just be sure to check that you are only using pins or patches on materials that it will work on. You can read more about using patches but be careful that leather and iron on patches aren’t always going to be a good mix, To add a cute touch you could even add a chain to two pins, to create something fun for the collar for your shirt. There are pretty endless opportunities.
You may have some things sat in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for a long time. It may not be that they don’t fit, you are just a little bored of them. So instead, to give them a new lease of life, how about doing something new with it like shortening it? Dresses could work really well this way; all you need are some sharp scissors and then a sewing kit or sewing machine to hem the dress. As well as dresses, you could, of course, shorten things like jeans, shorts, and even tops or sweaters. A crop top is super cute this season and I have loved seeing cropped sweaters everywhere.
Add a Collar or Sleeves
Adding a collar to a piece of clothing can really make a difference to the look of it all. It can dress up a sweater or a dress, and even add a pop of color to something that is otherwise pretty plain. The fun thing with a collar is that you could make one to attach to a sweater, or you could make one that stands alone and can be used and tucked into a variety of different tops. If you have an old shirt you could even cut the top part of it off and use it as a way to add something new to an outfit. Just a fun way to add something new to your clothes and make them look different to the other ones in the store.
Jackets or shirts with elbow patches are normally associated with older geography teaches that are a little quirky. But that isn’t the case these days! It can be a cute and preppy way to change up your clothes (or even prolong the life of some of your clothes if they have elbow patches in, for instance). You can some to sew on and even iron on, so it really is pretty simple to do. It gives a nice tailored look, without much effort at all. I love doing this with jackets that may not be as expensive to help give them some extra life.
Add Pops of Color with Dye
If you have a piece of clothing that is looking a little drab, or even just looking a little plain, then it can be made to look much better using some clothing dye. You could bring the color back to life, re-dye it, or even change the color of a piece of clothing. I love using dye to bring color back to old black jeans that have faded.
But First Coffee? Haven't you seen the graphic tee everywhere? Well that can be done at home and customized just for you. You can still do some printing onto clothing at home with a little time and know-how. You could create your own design online or on your computer using design software, and then print it with an iron-on transfer paper. Hey presto, then all you need to do is to iron the design on to where it needs to be. A fun way to make something new and create a custom item of clothing all from the comfort of your own home.
Do you have any tips that you would add to the list? Let us here them in the comments. and if you want to try any of these options at home just use the arrows to scroll left and right to be taken to products directly.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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