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shell feather fringe hemline
So, Halloween is over and Christmas & New Years is nigh… it’s time to start thinking about that new seasonal outfit.
Millions of pounds of clothing are being thrown into landfills every year, and this season we want to make a stand.
Many of us are under the misconception that recycling is a mundane and a tedious chore; however up-cycling is far from that. Rather than pushing through crowded shops to find that dress that is never quite perfect, why not reinvent some of your previous favourites, to make them the most wanted outfits around.
Take a look at some of our ideas:
You’d be surprised how easy it is to accessorise, why not attempt some of the following:
- Take an old bow (perhaps an unused grip) and sew it to your socks.
- Cut your old trousers into shorts, and cover the raw edge with unwanted contrasting fabrics.
- Take your broken jewellery and stitch to your clothes to add some vintage glitz (sleeves & collars work well). See how designer Erin Fetherston has used broken jewellery to embellish their sheer gloves.
- Use old buttons to create unique detailing.
Lace never fails to add elegance to a garment, so consider adding lace to the sleeves, hem, cuffs or collar of your favourite dress for dainty detail.
Why don’t you ask Grandma if she’s done with her old net curtains? Or perhaps you have a spare doily lying around, which would work well as cuff detail.
Take a look at Simone Rocha’s collar embellishment for a unique take on lace trims.
Many of us have a dress that is now a little too short for us – our solution: make it longer!
Consider adding a fringe trim to the hemline to give it that extra length. Dig-out your unwanted feather bower from last NYE and give it a new lease of life as decorative hem. And while you’re going for that Great Gatsby look, you might as well use up some old ribbon and wear it as a cute headpiece to complete you’re 1920s look
Curtain tie belt
Anxious about even threading a needle?
Why not swap the belt on your favourite dress for something more quirky?
Something to try:
- Unwanted Curtain tie
- Worn out Rope
- Silk scarf
- Maybe try using some fabric glue for a more permanent look.
FOR THE BOYS
However, maybe it’s best to use contrasting fabric patches rather than lace detail!
If you were born in the 80s it’s more than likely you followed the craze of collecting statement badges. Dig them out, and simply pin them to a denim jacket for an effortlessly cool look.
So, get creative and turn your dated clothes into this season’s hottest trends. You’ll get so carried away you wouldn’t even know you’re recycling and helping the environment!
Good Luck in this festive season.
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