With so many new trends coming and going, and with shops rotating their stock as often as every six weeks, it’s easy to get caught up in the buying cycle. We know this fast fashion isn’t helping the environment (or our wallets) – But how do we stay on-trend without constantly updating our wardrobes?
There are a number of ways to do this whilst still being eco-friendly, but if you’re feeling creative customising old clothes can be the key to staying ahead of the fashion curve. Minor adjustments can make all the difference, enabling us to wear last season’s fashion now. Not to mention showing off our own individual styles and personalities. We’re not just talking about cutting those tatty jeans into shorts for the summer. Check your local craft stores for fabric offcuts that would otherwise go to waste as well as buttons, studs, ribbon – don’t be afraid to be adventurous.
If you’re in need of a bit of inspiration here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Recycle old materials.
There is so much you can do with an old t-shirt that you never wear or fabric offcuts from a craft store. For example, try cutting a panel of Aztec fabric and sewing it on the front of a basic handbag or satchel. For men, update a tired looking denim shirt by sewing a patterned pocket on the chest or shoulders. This can easily be replaced, enabling you to constantly update your accessories as the seasons change.
2. Alter the small details.
Instead of investing in a new winter coat, think about how you can update it to make it new again. You can do this by changing the buttons. It may seem like a minor detail but adding metallic buttons to a plain navy or khaki coat will give it a military feel. And vice versa, after the current military trend inevitably ends you can replace those quirky buttons with brown or black to change it into a stylish dress coat for next winter.
3. Layer clothes for winter.
There’s no need for a completely different wardrobe now we’re well into winter. Layering is an on-trend way to stay warm, as lots of thin layers help to trap in the heat. When buying new clothes, invest in pieces that will transcend the seasons such as t-shirts and long sleeved tops in breathable cotton. Women’s work wear, such as sleeveless pencil dresses, are also wearable in any weather as they can be layered over long sleeved blouses and tights.
With choosing what to wear there are so many ways to get the most out of your clothing. Reworking what we’ve got when we can and buying timeless items are great ways to do our bit for the environment – without giving up on style!