Whether it’s something you’re given or a garment that ends
up in your closet mysteriously, hand-me-downs can be amazing additions to update
How do you wear it without becoming a fashion "don't"? Read
on for tips for putting new life into old clothes. Don’t know basic sewing? Ask
your mom or older sister to help you learn the skill!
Change the Buttons
Sometimes a new look is as simple as changing up the accessories.
New buttons will give a hand-me-down new energy. Add a pop of color with contrasting
buttons or add some sparkle with shiny buttons. Just be sure the buttons are the
right size so the buttons still work in the holes. And for a no-sew update, attach
rhinestones to the current buttons.
Layer, Layer, Layer
Here’s a no-cost way to make a big difference: Wear multiple
pieces on top of each other. Each layer can have a different function from warmth
to visual fashion interest. Add a vest to a shirt or put a jacket over a dress.
Put on some colorful leggings under a skirt or mix different fabrics like a sequined
cardigan over a T-shirt. Also think about layering with accessories. Accessorize
an old top with a fun and funky bracelet or purse. You’ll add multiple “new” outfits
to your wardrobe with your personal layering touches.
Transform It with a Different Color
You can totally change the look of a piece of clothing by
dyeing it. Before you get started throwing every T-shirt you have into a tub for
a change of color, ask your mom or older sister to help. Dye is messy and can permanently
stain anything it touches.
Next, make sure the material is really dye-able — dyeing
works best on things made of cotton. Polyester and nylon are much harder to dye.
Also make sure you wash the dyed item separately from other clothes for a few washings
— as much as you love lavender, your family might not want everything they own to
be that color.
Make It Fit Properly
It’s important to make sure your clothing fits well. It should
flatter your body. With a little bit of special attention and tailoring, a piece
can become your favorite. Consider altering the hem of a skirt or pants or take
in the waist to be more fitting. You can try to hem something yourself (measure
carefully!) or take it to a tailor for a professional finish.
Since fashion works in cycles, having pieces from different
time periods could make you the trendiest person around. Check style websites or
search for ideas online. You may be surprised at how much use you can get out of
your wardrobe. With a little creativity and a little time, your hand-me-downs will
look so good your sister will want them back!
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