You know how when you open your closet you think: I have nothing to wear!?
Well I get that way sometimes. Yes this can be hard to believe coming from a girl who owns 20+ dresses but it’s true.
So what do I do? Here are some of the ways I make old clothing feel like new again.
LAYER YOUR CLOTHES
Try a top with a ruffled neckline for something different peeking out underneath a sweater, or a longer top in a brighter colour paired underneath a sweater for a pop of colour.
This sounds like such silly advice, but layering your clothes can create some really pretty results, and you’d be surprised how something old can look new again, paired underneath what you already own.
The best minimalist trick in the book. When I travel for business, I take the minimal number of tops, sweaters, pants and a dress or two. To keep such a monotonous wardrobe fresh, I wear different necklaces (sometimes layering necklaces) and rings.
Not only is jewellery easier to tote around in a suitcase, it is also cheaper than a new outfit.
USE A BELT
Belting something, anything, makes it look different. I do this all the time, seeing as I have a very slim frame, and I have to work at getting a waist to appear.
Experiment with widths of belts, colours, and the placement of those belts on your body.
PIN BROOCHES & OTHER THINGS TO YOUR CLOTHES
Brooches are so underrated.
If you pair a whole bunch of pins and brooches, clustered together on the side of your sweater, you can create some interesting visual interest in an otherwise boring sweater.
SWITCH OUT THE BUTTONS
This is where it’s going to start to get interesting for updating new clothes. If you are handy with a needle and thread, cut off the buttons on a sweater and sew on new ones. You can make a boring sweater a lot more interesting if it has sparkly buttons on it.
Just make sure the buttons are the same size as the old ones, so they can still fit into the buttonholes.
SEW ON FUN DETAILS OR DYE YOUR CLOTHES
I am not a fan of dying clothing because it creates a huge mess and isn’t so hot for the environment. But it’s an idea.
If you are even craftier than your most basic seamstress, sewing on flowers, beads and other decorations can add a little Anthropologie-like flair to an otherwise neutral item.
Check out what you can do to a plain ol’ sweater via Beautiful Mess – Sweeten your Sweater:
It may be too sweet for you and not at all your taste (it isn’t mine) but the idea still holds true, just choose different shapes, beads, accents and whatever else to fit your own sensibilities.
Me, I’m not very crafty, so the best I can do are things with felt, glue, some quick hand sewing and pins. Very basic items.