Seven ways to breathe new life into your wardrobe without shopping

Feeling bored of your wardrobe? We know the feeling, however as the nation has been hard-hit by COVID-19 this year and most families are struggling financially, we say – hold onto your money!

Instead, breath life into the wardrobe you already have with these helpful tips:

1. Rethink the way you wear your clothes

There are no rules when it comes to fashion, so don’t feel restricted when you get dressed. Experiment with your style and see what works for you.

It’s always worth following fashion blogs and influencers on Instagram to get a daily dose of inspiration, for instance pairing sweatpants with a blazer or wearing chunky knitwear with a dress and trainers.

2. Take the time to fix small problems

Sometimes we avoid wearing clothes in our wardrobe because of a broken zipper, missing button or maybe the straps fall down.

These are all problems that can be fixed. If the problem is beyond fixing think about repurposing.

3. Repurpose your wardrobe

Repurposing is always a good way to breath new life into your wardrobe, and there are endless possibilities for scrap material, for example:

1. Adding patchwork to denim.

2. Revamping old/scuffed boots

3. Make your own scrunchies

4. Have a night in with your clothes to experiment

Taking the time to experiment with your clothes can give you a new appropriation for what you already own.

We live in a culture were we tend to buy, buy, buy and then forget what we own. Take the time to go through your wardrobe, and figure out what you wear and don’t wear.

1. Look at what fits and what doesn’t.

2. What could be repurposed.

3. What could be donated.

Once you’ve figured all that out, look at what you’re keeping and try stuff on and begin creating outfits to give you a better idea of what you definitely what to keep and/or throw away.

5. Make alterations

There are somethings in our wardrobe that we just can’t let go of, and if you’re finding it difficult to let go of certain pieces that don’t fit or are damaged this is a good time to make some alterations.

You can try and make these alterations yourself, or speak to a professional seamstress.

6. Play with details and accessories

Accessories are a great way to add new life to an outfit and this is another area where thinking outside the box can really help you.

Don’t be scared to experiment outside of jewellery such as scarves, hair accessories, hats, bags and belts.

7. Take some time to DIY

1. Tie-dye anything white

2. Iron on patches

3. Use bleach on old hoodies/sweatshirts or denim

4. Crop the ends of t-shirts, sweatshirts or jeans

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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