As much as we love staying stylish, the fashion industry can be pretty wasteful. But there are plenty of ways you can make your wardrobe more sustainable and eco-friendly! By repairing or altering your clothes, you can keep them in use for much longer, which means less waste in landfills and a lower carbon and water footprint. Keeping your clothes for just an additional nine months can save 20–30% in carbon and water footprints. By altering your old clothing, you can create unique and original pieces without using any new raw materials. This means older clothes have a longer lifespan and stay in circulation. So here are just a few tricks to help you put this thought process into motion.
The Ultimate DIY Summer Cutoff Shorts
Who says you have to break the bank to look stylish this summer? By turning your jeans or any pants into cutoff shorts, you can expand your wardrobe. Denim cutoff shorts are a timeless fashion staple that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. When you cut off the bottom of your jeans, the denim will naturally unravel just slightly, leaving behind a soft and tattered edge. These shorts have a unique, distressed look that can’t be replicated with store-bought shorts.
To turn your old pants into stylish summer shorts, first determine your desired length. Mark a cut line about 1.5 inches beneath your original mark and cut off the pant legs. If you want a more polished look, you can create a hemline. So, raid your closet, grab a pair of scissors, and get ready to rock some DIY shorts this summer!
These Boots Were Made For Rocking
While the thought of wearing ankle boots in this heat may make you sweat just thinking about it, there’s something undeniably cool about pairing them with a dress or shorts. There’s just something about the rockstar vibe they give off that’s hard to resist. You can even go for a boho-chic look, and pair a flowy dress or jean shorts with some leather boots, and you’ll be turning heads all day long. So don’t be afraid to mix things up this summer and throw on your winter boots.
Summer Sweater Weather With a Twist of DIY
Cropped sweaters are the ultimate fashion staple, and they’re back in style this summer. But if you’re not ready to splurge on a new wardrobe this summer, don’t worry, you can easily transform your old winter sweater into a trendy crop top. Say goodbye to tucking in excess fabric or feeling sloppy.
You can also pair it with your favorite high-rise jeans or shorts, and you’ll be turning heads in no time. If you’re feeling daring, you can even crop out your sweater cardigans. This cute and trendy set can be paired with a sweater tank underneath for a chic and effortless look. So, don’t be afraid to get creative with your wardrobe this season. With a little bit of DIY magic, you can transform your old sweaters into trendy crop tops that are perfect for any occasion.
A Blazer to Elevate Any Look This Summer
Summer may be hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for comfort. Layering up with a blazer can actually keep you cool, as long as you choose the right fabrics. Opt for breathable materials like cotton, linen, or lightweight wool to keep you feeling fresh all day long.
Pair your blazer with a plain white crop top, some stylish shorts or a cute skirt, and you’re ready to go. This timeless piece will instantly make any outfit feel chic and put-together. For a classic-sporty look, try pairing your blazer with form-fitting bottoms like bike shorts. So go ahead and pull out your winter blazers this summer!
Some DIY Magic For The Perfect Top
Raid your closet for those long-sleeve shirts you’ve been hiding away. With a little bit of DIY magic, you can turn them into stylish tops that are perfect for any summer day.
First, grab a short sleeve shirt that’s similar in size to the one you want to alter. Compare the short sleeve length to the long sleeve, and then cut off the long sleeve about 1/4 inch shorter than the short sleeve. Finally, sew the hem, and voila! You’ve got yourself a stylish top!
Easy DIY Scarf to Kimono
Whether you’re hitting the beach or just running errands, this DIY kimono is the perfect way to add some style to any outfit. One technique for creating the perfect summer kimono is to pull out a large scarf from your closet. Start by hemming the short sides of your fabric, then fold them together horizontally and vertically to create four layers of fabric. Cut up the fold so that you have a front opening for your jacket.
If you want, hem the fabric around this cut for a neater finish. Lay the fabric out so that the front opening is facing you, and attach the edges of the sleeves together. You can make the arm holes as big or small as you want by adjusting how far up you attach the edges. And in less than an hour, you’ve got yourself a stylish kimono-style jacket that’s perfect for any summer occasion.
Upcycled garments have a charm and originality that can’t be found in new clothes. So, next time you’re thinking about tossing out that old shirt, think again. With a little bit of creativity and some DIY magic, you can turn it into something new and exciting that’s both stylish and sustainable.
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