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Upcycling Your Wardrobe

Hello my friends, it is long overdue, but I finally managed to put away all of my jacket and coats, and pulled out those warmer pieces. Summer just started a few weeks ago, and it’s funny because with every new season, I somehow manage to trick my brain into thinking I have absolutely nothing to wear. Which is pretty ridiculous considering I am such an avid shopper; my closet is starting to get tired of my shenanigans :) . For this post, I’m challenging myself to work within my closet. This means instead of going out and buying more clothes, I am going to style pieces that I already own.

This idea was inspired by Emily Noel who started something similar on Youtube concerning makeup. I found her ideals regarding waste reduction and her mindset of focusing on the items you already own was inspirational. I hope this post inspires you, the same way Emily inspired me, to take a minute and reflect on that loaded clothing rack back at home. There are so many different ways to change up your look. So save your money, and let me show you two different outfits that I styled from pieces I’ve up-cycled from my very own wardrobe.

  Look #1  

Everyone seems to own a pair of denim jeans that doesn’t fit quiteeee right and has been collecting dust for some time. Well it’s time to finally pull them out of your closet because we are about to transform them into a brand new pair of shorts. Cutting your own shorts may seem a bit intimidating at first. It’s hard to get a clean cut, yet super easy to cut them too short.

The trick is in the shape of your cut. A lot of people tend to cut their shorts straight across, put them on, and realize that the pair reveals more in the back than expected. This is because the back of your shorts tend to rise up a lot higher than the front. To prevent this, I opt to cut my shorts diagonally, leaving the back about 1 inch- ½ inch longer than the front. I also try the pair of jeans on, mark it, and cut very sparingly during my first initial cut.

Here are how the look like on. I paired them with an off-the-shoulder crop top.

  Look #2:  

For this next outfit, I wanted to find a new use for this beautiful floral maxi dress. I’ve worn it a couple times on my page for photoshoots and quite frankly, I was getting tired of the same look. I folded the dress over and belted it at the waist to give the illusion of a skirt. I love midi skirts, but it’s really hard for someone as short as me to find one with the right length. This solves that problem because I can adjust the length by controlling how much of the dress I fold in.

I paired the skirt with a basic white tank and belted it at the waist with a brown belt.

  Look #3:  

Saving the best or last, I decided to DIY my own cropped denim jacket! I bought this white one over a year ago (alas, I fell victim to impulse) and have not touched it since. There wasn’t really anything wrong with it, I just didn’t like the way it sat on my body and it had a generally unflattering fit. I decided it was time for a change. I took a pair of scissors and cut straight across the jacket so that it could give me the cropped looked that I was looking for.

TIP! You have control over how cropped you want the jacket to sit but make sure to be aware of where the buttons are sitting on the jacket. To give it the most natural look, make your cut line directly above or below a button.

Here it is on: 

I think the overall fit, look, and feel of the jacket completely changed, and now I love how it looks on. If you would like to recreate this, you can pretty much do this to any of your denim jackets that you currently have at home, or go out and get one at your local thrift store.

That’s it for this post! I hope this gives you some ideas on different ways to recycle some of the pieces in your closet. When you have time, take a look at your wardrobe and find different ways to pair certain pieces together. You may be surprised by what you come up with.

Stay tuned!

- T.N

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