The make do and mend mode of thought seems to be falling out of style. In a consumerist culture, we’re encouraged to flash our credit cards at every turn of the fashion season. With a small budget to work with, splurging on new outfits just isn’t feasible for a lot of people. But it doesn’t have to be a choice between looking fantastic and scotch-taping up the holes in your clothes.
There are easy and cheap ways that you can customize your outfits. Giving them a new lease of life will keep your wardrobe looking fresh all year round.
One exceptionally frugal approach to customizing your outfits is knitting. Sure, you’ll have to put in the man-hours, but patterns are cheap, needles are cheap, and yarn is…you’ve got the idea. Hats, gloves, and scarves are all easy ways to jazz up your winter wear. If you’re a self-confessed movie-lover, nestle down with your yarn, some chocolate, switch on a romcom, and garter stitch your way to fabulous accessories.
Sometimes it’s just great to have something to do with your hands. This hobby will save you money on gifts and you can even sell your wares online. It’s a real money-maker when your skills are up-to-scratch.
Sew Your Own Dresses
Okay, whereas knitting is largely for novices, sewing is a step up in skill level. Once you’ve invested in a good quality sewing machine and an adjustable mannequin, you can practice basic dress patterns. Making your own frocks can be challenging at first, but it’s well worth the effort. Finally! Clothes that fit you and cost very little to make.
If you have kids, you can go Sound of Music on them and make play clothes that are made especially for getting mucky! It saves their smart outfits.
Customise Your Clothes
It’s amazing what a little flower here or a stud there can do for your clothes. Sewing funky buttons onto shirts or ribbon around the cuffs of your favourite coat can instantly enhance your clobber.
Even if you’re a stitch-a-phobe, fabric glue can work just as well for some adjustments. If you’re not willing to commit to long-term customization, simply pin fabric flowers where you want them and remove accordingly.
YouTube is a fantastic resource for any crafty outfit customizers. There are so many informative and easy videos online that can teach you anything, from crochet to adding glitter to your high heels. Seriously, is there anything you can’t learn on YouTube?
When summer comes along, it’s time to re-evaluate your wardrobe. Do you have a pair of old jeans that you’re bored of wearing? It can be as easy as cutting off the leg where you want your shorts to end and either rolling up the bottoms or going for the slightly ragged look. You can even turn tired jeans into a mini skirt! Faded t-shirt? You can turn it into a scarf. It’s wonderful how you can completely reinvent old outfits, with a little crafting know-how.
This post was written for us today by Zoe, a fashion blogger and contributor, on behalf of Pearl and Butler. If you’re looking for some inexpensive accessories to jazz up your old outfits, visit our collection of jewelry.