Fashion Hacks: 9 Simple Ways to Customize Your Clothing
The new year is finally here and so are the latest trends. And while it’s fun to embrace all of the new cold-weather clothes, it can still be tough to set yourself apart from the rest of the fashion-savvy pack. That’s why it pays to find ways to personalize your wardrobe without sacrificing your style (or budget). With a little time and creativity, you can turn your basic apparel into an exclusive wardrobe that’s unique to you. From dip-dye to iron-ons, read on for nine cool ways to customize your clothes and show the world your one-of-a-kind style.
Cut it up
Put a pin on it
If the pin trend renaissance shows anything, it’s that the dream of the ’90s are alive in not just Portland, but everywhere. Everywhere you look online, you’ll find adorable—and super affordable—enamel pins, collar pins (like the DIY version above from The House That Lars Built), and lapels, allowing you to upgrade your drab denim jacket (or the back pocket of your jeans) in a literal pinch.
Looking for a fun way to update an old dress in the back of your closet or personalize the same pair of pants you know all your friends have too? Take an inch—or five!—off of the bottom and suddenly you’re working with a whole new outfit. Just look at the difference at Megan Nielsen’s dress just by taking the hem from ankle- to knee-length.
Add a collar
An oft overlooked but insanely chic way to glam up your humdrum tops, tees and dresses is to sew a collar onto them (blogger Audrey Leighton Rogers‘ contrasting collar makes her Cher Horowitz-inspired outfit). You can forge a collar from just about any fabric you want (or repurpose an old button-up) for something truly one-of-a-kind.
Patch it up
Although the big jobs are best reserved for the professionals, there are still ways to screen-print clothing from home, on the fly. Print out your very own design on an iron-on transfer—or commission a custom piece online like the backpack above at PAOM—and make a bold statement from the privacy of your own computer!