Many once out-dated fashion trends have made a comeback and are now modern trends. In the fashion industry, what goes around comes around. Today’s fashion items would probably become out dated soon then become trendy again in the future. However, you can be creative and create your own fashion trends through fashion recycling. Fashion recycling involves many factors including shopping in thrift stores and modifying current fashion items in your wardrobe. Reducing the carbon footprint involves taking personal responsibility and making certain sacrifices. Luckily, you can do fashion recycling without sacrificing your sense of style.
This involves the creation of new fashion items from old or cast off items. Upcycling has many applications. It includes various practices including knitting sandals out of grocery bags and reworking old jewellery to make new pieces altogether.
Shopping Your Closet
No matter how careful you are with your expenditure, you have probably made the mistake of buying an item that you know will not be worn. There are many reasons why people do not wear some of the clothes they purchase. Some clothes may not fit well while others become out dated. It is important to know that you can still give such items a second lease of life by making a few modifications. Here are tips on how you can modify old fashion items
You can add these onto old plain T-shirts and dresses. Sometimes a simple top can be too basic to be interesting. This offers you the chance to show off your style by adding a few statement-making pieces. Common cloth embellishments include old fabric pieces, broken jewellery, beading or charms and laces among others.
Add length to that once-beloved mini skirt by adding ruffles to the bottom. The ruffles can be cut off from other cast off items or new fabrics. Choose fabrics that you love. Make sure the ruffles match with the cloth. You can leave the ruffle hem raw to give the cloth an edgy look.
Turn your once favourite dress into a skirt. Many people have dresses whose fabrics they love but do not like the fit of their bodices. You can easily turn such dresses into skirts. It involves making a new waistband for the skirt out of matching piece of fabric and adding some elastic. Remove the dress’ bodice and reattach the skirt to the new waistband.
You can recycle your old woollen sweater into a nice felted headband. First, wash the sweater in a washing machine on hot then dry it in the dryer. The dry sweater will be a little smaller than its original size. Cut the waistband off the sweater and open it up. Adjust the band so that it fits your head. Resew the side seams. Voila, you have a nice winter accessory.
One of the simplest ways to get recycled fashions is by purchasing used fashion items from thrift stores, consignment shops and garage sales. Many of the items sold through such markets are still fashionable and have little wear. Purchasing items from thrift stores allows you to minimize unnecessary waste and pollution associated with manufacturing and transporting new items from overseas. You can also upcycle items you find in these venues into something you love.
There are many thrift stores throughout the U.K. Consignment shops allows you to sell old fashion items and share the profits with the stores. Head out for a garage sale whenever you have a free weekend to look for used fashion items. To get the best items, shop early on the first day of the sale. Consignment stores and garage sales offer a wide range of items. You have to shop often to find the items you want.
Lauren Mackey is a fashion blogger. When she’s not writing about fashion she works for www.pizazzonline.co.uk.
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