Thrifted: Waste Not, Want Not

There comes a time when every wardrobe needs a refresher. It could be at the beginning of each month, season, year, or even bi-annually. Whenever you choose is up to you. Personally, I try and change up my wardrobe every season, adding new pieces, donating others, and even updating some garments that are tired and dull. By updating, I mean taking a current piece that I just don’t wear anymore, or wear all the time, and turning it into something fresh and new.

If you’re new to my blog, I’ll let you in on a secret that my regulars already know. I love a good DIY project, and I’m always trying to find something new to keep myself busy. What isn’t a secret is that I shop at thrift stores all the time. I never leave without at least five garments and I don’t have to feel bad about it, because everything is generally affordable. This also means I’m left with a lot of clothing at the end of each season. To combat the high garment turnover rate, I find a lot of ways to refurbish those good ol’ pieces that I just can’t let go.

Take a moment to go back through my blog’s archive and you’ll find that I love the concept of deconstruction in fashion. In the simplest of terms, deconstruction takes the “unfinished” approach to garments, leaving raw hems exposed and unfinished seams all over the place for the world to see. Not only is it fun to look at, but it’s also fun to create! One of my favorite ways to deconstruct a garment is to burn holes into it. This technique isn’t for everyone, like most deconstructed looks, but it is a hell of a lot of fun. I do recommend, however, that you get as far away as possible from any flammable objects or things that will catch fire. We don’t need anyone losing their house for fashion. Want to see one of my favorite deconstructed pieces? Check out this totally rad pair of jeans I burnt holes in here!

Have you ever taken on a tie-dye or acid washing project? If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing (yes, I’m giving you permission to stop reading my blog post) and go to your favorite store for all the supplies. I can promise you the project won’t disappoint! I’ve yet to actually tie dye a pair of pants or try a mineral wash on a shirt/sweater, but I would totally be down to try. In fact, maybe I’ll make that my next project. Who wouldn’t want to walk around in a pair of super stylish, attention-grabbing bottoms?

If you’re great at sewing, there is an entire ocean of DIY projects for you! Something that I’ve always wanted to do, which would probably make me relearn how to use a sewing machine, is taking apart two different garments and sewing them together to make one entirely new article of clothing. You’re basically killing two birds with one stone and creating an exquisitely stylish new garment to strut around in.

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So, do you have any ways you like to refresh old/new clothing? I’d love to hear all about your favorite DIY projects down in the comment section below!

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