Turn your old clothes into something wearable
Desperately waiting for the Christmas sales? Don't bother - just raid your wardrobe!
There's that feeling that comes around a few times every year - the feeling of absolute dread when you open your wardrobe and realise there's nothing in there you want to wear. And your student loan has run out so you can't even buy something new.
Never fear! Those horrific items from ten years ago that have been lurking at the back of the wardrobe - even that T-shirt with the massive coffee stain - can be rescued!
The old and stained T-shirts
The old T-shirt, believe it or not, presents a wealth of possibility. Who cares if there's a massive stain on the front? For covering a stain, consider placing a strategically-placed 'pocket' on top of it (using material from another discarded T-shirt), or even making some sort of patch-worked pattern. Alternatively, release your creative side, and get some spray paint to turn the stain into something that could be thought of as cool (though you'll have to trust your art skills on this one).
If it's just an old T-shirt that you don't like the look of anymore, however, there are still things that can be done to rescue it. One of the best ways of making an old T-shirt instantly less cringe is by making it look deliberately old. That's right - the classic vintage-look T-shirt.
For this, make up some saline solution by mixing salt with boiling hot water, allow it to cool down completely (otherwise it'll shrink it), then leave the T-shirt in the solution for two or three days. Then take out the T-shirt, wring it out, let it dry, and there you are! High street fashion on the cheap!
There are also plenty of ways to make your T-shirt take on a whole new lease of life - for example, if you sew up the bottom and cut off the sleeves, you are left with a nice cotton bag - who needs to buy bags for life, when you can make one out of your old T-shirts?!
Jeans & trousers
There's that frustrating time after a growth spurt where you find your trouser hems are awkwardly hovering a few inches above the ground. Don't throw away these old trousers! Jeans in particular are fantastic - simply cut them up to create some excellent shorts, or a super-short denim skirt.
By turning them up after you've cut them, you can create a nice-looking hem, or if you want to go for the more casual look, leave them looking cut-up, and add to the look by hacking away at them with a pocket knife or nail file to create the classic torn-jeans look. The same can be done for old trousers (school trousers anyone?), though they won't look quite so good without sewing up a hem...
Your old school blazer should really be locked away and never seen again. Right? Wrong. Depending on just how horrific your blazer was, it can actually make a pretty stylish waistcoat now - and as it's probably quite small by now, it should have a nice tight fit, which will look great on guys and girls. Simply cut off the sleeves (and if possible, sew up the hems) to create your waistcoat, and if it does need to be tightened at all, simply sew parts of the back together.
Long sleeved shirt/warm wooly socks
This is a great shortcut for a fancy dress night - cut the sleeves off a long-sleeved shirt, or cut the feet off that terrible pair of wooly socks from your grandma 12 years ago... And there you have some legwarmers - perfect for an 80's night!
The ultimate onesie
Continuing in the fancy dress theme, not all clothes customisations should be stylish. Found some really old pyjama bottoms and embarrassing t-shirts/ Turn them into the ultimate cringe onesie by sewing them together - your onesie will definitely triumph over all the hoardes of Primark-onesie-wearers.
Jumpers, as particularly warm items of clothing, should be exploited for this fact. Therefore, you may opt once again for the legwarmer option (or indeed arm-warmers!), or perhaps even for a scarf. By cutting from the bottom corner, going round and round in a gently sloping line, you can create quite a long (and warm) scarf. If you want to make it look even more edgy, try cutting holes in it along the way, to create something truly unique.
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