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 your wardrobe.
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! Learn awesome fashion tips with beauty and style advice from teen girls at BeingGirl.com.