In a world where fast fashion has become synonymous with ‘bad’ and not environmentally friendly, stylish clothing can sound like climbing a mountain. Many of us cannot afford to spend half of our monthly income on new clothes, no matter how nice they are.
Join Recycled Fashion: Upcycle what you already own, buy second-hand and vintage items to add to your wardrobe, make something new for yourself, or you’ve always loved Here are some of them, such as sharing items with friends. Our top tips for stylish recycled fashion ideas that emulate today’s most popular styles.
1. Upcycle the clothes you already own
You may have some quality items in your wardrobe that you no longer like. Instead of taking it to your local charity shop, why not consider upcycling—shorten long dresses and skirts, denim his jeans for short his pants, or use an old rock t-shirt for other items. Or make a cool vest to wear on top. Even items such as gorgeously patterned baby muslin blankets can be repurposed into stylish scarves.
If you are familiar with sewing, you can also experiment with the art of “visible repair” by patching frayed but quality clothing with beautiful stitch patterns or fabric patches. A great book to check out is fashion designer Alabama Chanin’s The Geometry of Hand-Sewing.
2. Buy second-hand or second-hand clothes
If you enjoy a more retro style, you’re in luck. You can buy a lot of beautiful second-hand branded clothes in charity shops and online. For example, eBay is a great place to find vintage items from different eras. Look for reputable sellers with good ratings (and ideally many) and aim to shop locally as international shipping delays can be an issue these days. For unused, undamaged items, look for “New with tags” or “New without tags” items. In any case, check the images on the big screen, as many online retailers do not accept returns.
Also, vintage sizes may vary slightly, so ask for measurements or go up one size, depending on how the item fits. Sizing up a bit and some are more flexible (jerseys have a lot of stretch).
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3. Make fashionable clothes from recycled materials
As mentioned above, if you’re good at using a sewing machine, you can even make clothes out of recycled materials. Fabric stores often sell fabric scraps that are either too small to be cut into multiple orders or have imperfections in the print. These kinds of cuts often make great and unique fashion items. A simple skirt is easy to make using free patterns (try online resources like The Spruce Crafts). [link: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/patterns-to-sew-skirts-4027815] For this reason.
As an example, a simple retro skirt for a woman can be easily made by cutting circles from spare fabric (old blanket scarves will also work, as long as the material doesn’t fray easily). Measure your waist circumference and transfer it to the fabric, sew on a simple elastic band, and cut the opening to size. You can do it with almost any fabric.
4. Swap styles with friends
For more freedom of choice, why not organize a clothing exchange with your friends. You can easily switch and share items you no longer need and get a great new statement piece. is a particularly economical way to pick up new fashion items because you can arrange swaps for free! Why not throw a party and share some drinks and advice on current beauty trends?
One tip: don’t forget to trade with friends who wear similar sizes. Also, have everyone bring items organized by color, fabric, or season for easy sharing.
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