Is your wardrobe ready to take on 2018 and beyond? If you are looking for a wardrobe refresher, there is definitely no need to invest in expensive designer pieces. You can just use your existing clothing and accessories, and spruce them up with a little bit of DIY fashion to add a touch of modern drama to your apparel.
All is fair in love and fashion!
Whether you are looking for a 2018 refresher, or your wardrobe requires a serious rescue mission, DIY fashion hacks can save you on all fronts. After all, you’ve worked hard to build a wardrobe of pieces you love. It doesn’t make sense to replace it all just because it’s a new year.
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton
Yes! Some of the world’s leading designers and fashion icons are okay with you using DIY ideas to create a wardrobe that takes their ideas and build you a stylish selection that’s entirely you. As a fashion idol to millions across the world, Ralph Lauren’s quotes about love for fashion inspire millions every day. He’s been known to say:
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren
So there you have it, even the most prominent authorities of fashion love it when you let your clothing represent your personal tastes and personality, instead of merely being a hanger for branded wear. Ladies if you’ve always had a particular DIY project in mind, go ahead and give it a try. If you are searching for some quick and trendy inspiration, we can help you out. Keep reading!
1.Wrap around blouses & tops
These are seen on runways across Paris and Milan, and with just one clever hack you can turn your roomy button-down shirt into this fashionable piece of clothing. And if you can’t find one of those in your wardrobe, borrow one from your boyfriend (he’ll forgive you once he sees what you’ve done with it!)
DIY fashion hack #1: It’s easy to make a wrap blouse from your favourite button-down shirt and keep it in circulation in your 2018 wardrobe. Take one end of the shirt and wrap it around your waist. Secure on the other side with a safety pin. Now tuck it all into your pant or skirt. Accessorise with a statement necklace or chunky bracelets. Voila, you are runway ready!
2. Cocktail to casual
Who could have imagined that wearing cocktail dresses for the day would be considered okay and alright?If you have a cute little cocktail dress that you love and would want to wear it out during the day as well, here’s what you can do:
DIY fashion hack #2: First, you can wear a cute sweater on top of it to tone down the glamour and make it more daytime appropriate. But if it’s too hot for a sweater, it’s the button-down boyfriend shirt to the rescue again. Wear one underneath your cocktail dress and make the perfect outfit for that daytime engagement that requires your best style. Don’t forget the accessories!
3. Vested interests
A vest is more than just functional outerwear for times when the weather is unsure of itself. And it lends itself very readily to day looks, night looks, and even office-ready couture. It can add a sophisticated flair to your outfit. And in case you don’t have one, your mum will. Vests were all the rage in the 60s and 70s.
DIY fashion hack #3: Whether your vest is long or a short one, it’ll work for 2018. Also, don’t worry if it’s a bit oversized because that’s precisely what’s working these days. Just put it on over your existing ensemble and cinch it in with a stylish belt. The bigger the belt buckle, the better. There you go. Now strut your stuff!
4. Dress-it-up shirt
Long dresses and skirts are perfect for summertime glam. But wearing them alone doesn’t bring on the personalised style factor. The breezy silhouettes of a long skirt or dress make them great for a lot of occasions. You don’t need to wear them just for the beach; rather, style them correctly, and the ensemble can be elevated all the way up to a black-tie affair. Here is how to glam up that look for the perfect day out with this shirt DIY fashion hack.
DIY fashion hack #4: Here’s how you can be a street style star and still wear a dress outside for a city stroll. For starters, you can bring back that boyfriend shirt and tie it up over the waist instead of buttoning it all the way down. This will make your dress perfect for a casual event and show off that tiny waist spectacularly.
5. Style it up with a scarf
Scarves are the best accessory and a perennial favourite of stylists and fashion experts. Here’s a sophisticated way to tie up a scarf. Learn this trick stat!
DIY fashion hack #5: So this is how Audrey Hepburn used to do it. Begin with folding the scarf in half and then put it around your shoulders. Get hold of one of the loose ends and pull it over and under the scarf loop. Take the remaining end and go under and over the same loop. This is called the French twist. Accessorise with a brooch or pin, and you are ready to take on the town.
DIY fashion – “you made that!”
The world is your runway. Simple DIY projects can easily become runway couture when you dig deep into your inspiration and create something to fit your style. DIY fashion is art. It is a fantastic form of self-expression that not only spruces up your wardrobe but also makes you more confident in the way you look and present yourself to the world. And of course, nothing can beat the savings and budget-friendliness of DIY fashions.
If you’ve ever been through a vintage clothing store, or a thrift store, looking at outfits, thinking what you can do with them, then you have a knack for DIY fashion. Take your inspiration from these ideas and make them your own. Remember, nothing can beat the confidence of wearing your design!
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing.