Restyling old clothes has been one of my favorite things to do this year so far. Imagine if you can save at least $100 per month by not buying new clothes that might sit in your closet for months before you rewear them only once again. For me, this year has been all about saving and being financially literate, so if I can create another stylish look with the same pieces that are already in my closet, then I am all for it.
Clothes restyling is not to be confused with clothes repurporsing. I won’t be sharing how to DIY or arts and crafts aything, since I can barely draw in a straight line, let alone cut in one. Instead, I’m going to be giving you tips on how you can add old pieces together or wear them differently to create a whole new look. Pin this blog post and image below!
Restyle Old Clothes Tips
1. Skirts Into Dresses:
the super easy way to restyle skirts into dresses or tops, is to make sure that the skirt is maxi or billowy. Skirts like these are always easy to pull over your chest, which automatically turns it into a top or dress. Because it is maxi, adding an accessory like a waist belt to cinch the skirt to fit your shape, gives it a more flattering look. If the skirt happens to come with a wrap around tie like both of nines did, then tie it around your back, or use it as a halter top as seen below. Adding a few accessories and tweaks easily transforms old clothes into new outfits, and the best thing is that people won’t be able to tell the difference.
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one of the easiest ways to restyle old clothes is to layer them with new ones. Layering gives older clothes a new look each time and shows the versatility of a piece.
For example: below, this button down maxi pencil dress paired well with these mom jeans. Dresses are perfect for layering, whether they are skater type dresses, pencil dresses or even button down like this one. You can always restyle a dress over leggings, pants, and sometimes a skirt if it is long enough. Look for statement pieces to layer with old clothes, because usually it adds flare to the look.
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3. Restyle with Accessories
pairing new accessories with older clothes is key to updating old styles to look new and current. I’ve seen clip on earings added to mules, or even some tennis shoes to give them a more expensive and classy look. This is easy and require no previous arts and crafts knowledge because the clip on earrings just slide right on. There are other accessories to add, like a corset over a tshirt to make it into a corset dress or even adding buttons to a blouse to change the look completely.
4. Add color to neurtal old pieces
pieces that are black, tan, brown or even white can easily be paired with pieces that have a vibrant pop of color to create a new style. Because neutrals go with anything, the options are unlimited on how many different outfit combinations you can create. For example: I color blocked the yelllow shirt and red blazer with this old black skirt below. I also followed tip 3, and added the belt as an accessory to disguise the skirt and to help it blend in perfectly with the outfit. Be sure to always look for neurtal pieces when shopping for longevity.
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5. Give old clothes time to age before you restyle them
one of the reasons that I can effortlessly restyle clothes without detection most of the time is, because there are months in between before I rewear a lot of my clothes, sometimes even a year. Now, if you’re the type of person who likes to rotate a new warddrobe each season, then I would recommend holding onto pieces that you wouldn’t mind wearing again at least once. Otherwise, if you’re a semi-hoarder like me and just can’t get rid of things, then take those old clothes out that you haven’t worn in months and start thinking of ways to make it look new. Overtime, people forget and you may run into new faces anyways, so you can easily get away with it.
If you love DIY and arts and crafts, then I know you’d benefit from a guide showing you how to repurpose old clothes. This “10 Refashioning Tips for Successful Sewing” by Swoodsen Says article is a perfect step by step guide to help you get started.
Clothes restyling is all about you using your fashion sense and training your eye to look for pieces that pair well together always. It’s also about having the confidence to rewear clothes without shame. I hope the you enjoyed this blog post and found it super helpful! Leave a comment below to let me know if these tips helped, and which tip you liked the most.
Be sure to read the previous blog post here!
Until next time,