One may think that you have to buy new clothes to be stylish and up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. While purchasing a new piece of clothing seems tempting, it may not be the most practical option, especially if you’re on a budget.
The good thing is that you can still be fashionable while working with what you have. As a good start, look at what’s currently in your wardrobe and sort pieces you can reuse and donate. You’d be surprised to see plenty of clothing articles hiding that you can still wear. And with a bit of creativity, you can turn a simple piece of clothing into something stylish without spending.
Check out the tips below to look fashionable without shopping for clothes.
Explore DIY Clothing Hacks
If you’re on the creative side and you know your way around sewing machines, threads, and fabrics, or you enjoy doing DIY projects, then this tip is for you. With a bit of effort and unleashing the inner artist in you, you can transform old clothes into something fabulous:
Here are some creative ideas to help you get started:
- Sew your clothing
If you have talent and skills in sewing, why not design an outfit tailored to your fashion style and body size? For instance, you can look for sewing patterns online and create a top or a skirt. You can also sew your own plus size tiered dress pattern.
Depending on your style and preference, you can be as playful as you want and explore different materials and fabrics. You can also mix and match colors to make your outfit unique.
- Dye your clothes
If you have old and stained shirts, give them a fresh look by adding some pop of color. You can explore creative patterns like speckled or ombre when dyeing your shirt. And while you can always dye any shirt, this DIY approach works best when changing light-colored shirts to dark. Colors are also more visible when using white shirts.
- Reinvent your denim
There are many creative ways to update the look of your old denim, one of which is by adding patches. You can decorate an old denim jacket, skirt, or jeans by sewing or ironing patches on them.
On the other hand, you can also chop off an old pair of pants and transform them into shorts you can wear during the summer. You can also fray the hems of your jeans or shorts to give your well-loved denim a distressed, rugged, stylish look. They’re also easy to style since you can pair them with a classic black or white tee or an interesting top.
Incorporate Decade-Old Trends In Your Style
Fashion trends tend to come and go, which means that what was popular during the 80s or 90s is getting popular again today. So, if you still have those old T-shirts or fashion statement pieces from back in the day, now would be the perfect time to take them out of your closet and wear them.
You can also mix and match accessories to add personality to your outfit. This can be a good way to be creative and fashionable with your clothing without spending.
Play With Patterns
Being fashionable means being creative with how you mix and match clothing pieces. And one of the best ways to express yourself and add character to your ensemble is by playing with patterns.
For example, you could mix a jacket with animal prints with a stripes top. On the other hand, if you have a skirt or dress with geometric patterns, you can pair it with stockings that feature a polka dot design.
Playing with patterns can be fun yet a bit tricky at the same time. Going with too-busy designs can make your outfit messy and heavy to look at. So, the key here is to keep it simple. If you have a bold print, pair it with something more subtle so the patterns won’t clash or compete.
Accessories like jewelry, a scarf, a belt, or a watch seal off your whole look and help elevate your overall style. You can layer jewelry, such as stacking rings, bracelets, or necklaces. On the other hand, you can add a scarf on your bag’s handles to add color or wear shiny belts that can help accentuate your body and add style to your outfit.
However, much like playing with patterns, you need to be delicate when accessorizing. While layering can be fun, finding the perfect balance between your accessories is important, as going overboard can make your outfit look too busy or overcrowded.
Looking for ways to be fashionable doesn’t always require buying new clothes. Plenty of creative ideas can help you look stylish without having to go to the mall.
You can take inspiration from this post as a good start in helping you spruce up your style with old or unworn clothes in your closet. You’d be surprised at how many stylish pieces you can come up with without spending.