Upcycle Your Wardrobe This Summer

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All one of the best things about the transition from spring to summer is the chance to see the new summer lines, there are times when spending all your money on new clothes isn’t the best idea. Especially considering you might not get to wear them for very long depending on how long summer lasts where you live.

That said, it’s natural to want to buy a new outfit or two to to celebrate the new season. So here are a few ways to have your cake and eat it too. Upcycle your summer wardrobe from last year, as well as a few other items, and save your money for the clothes that are very special.

The first thing you have to do is dig out your clothes from last summer and see what you have to work with.

Too Small

Grown a few inches since last year? If you dresses are a little shorter than you would like, or your shirts pinch a little too much around the waist, you can make lengthen them using lace. There are plenty of online tutorials to show you how to do this if you’re unsure of the method. You can also use fabric inserts instead of lace to add some length to shirts and sweaters. The end result will so amazing that you’ll consider buying cheap womens dresses online just to keep practising the method.

Too Large

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Perhaps you’ve lost a few inches off your waist since last summer. This doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of your favorite pair of jeans. If a belt isn’t enough to keep them on, turn them into a cool pair of shorts. Oversized dresses can be hemmed slightly, or turned into a comfortable, baggy shirt. An oversized shirt can be given new life as a pair of yoga pants. In fact, there are endless things you could do to large shirts before you should even think about donating them.

Too Stained

Despite your best efforts, there are some stains that just won’t come out. Sometimes the repeated attempts to remove that dried coffee stain damages the fabric too much in the process. But before you throw away the item in question, have you thought about covering it up? Patch T-shirts give a ratty shirt a delightful vintage look. Fix noticeable rips in jeans using subtle fabric inserts, or use lace to make them look more distinguished.


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As you can see with some of these suggestions, a shirt doesn’t have to remain a shirt, and you can get entirely new items of clothing from anything that is currently taking up space in your wardrobe. Blow everyone’s minds by telling them that your new pair of comfy shorts used to by your nightshirt. They won’t believe you when you say your favorite strappy shirt used to be a running shirt. The long-sleeved shirt that you didn’t wear all winter could find new life as the wrap skirt you wear to the beach. The possibilities are endless.

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