My Thoughts, Tips, and Experiences in Fashion
The things you DIY are what is going to make you stand out from the crowd. And it doesn’t need to be complicated. If you can wield a can of spray paint, put dye in the washing machine, or sew on a button, you’re well on your way!
1. Spray paint is great for accessories. If a bracelet or necklace is on sale, don’t be afraid to buy multiples of it. If it’s not the right colour, buy it anyways. Then get a few cans of spray paint and go nuts. Earlier this year I bought a bracelet for $1, and I wasn’t really wearing it. Then I was inspired to spray paint it with a faux rock look. Now I wish I had bought more of these bracelets.
2. If you find something you love, but it’s not quite the right colour, don’t be afraid to buy it anyways. You can always dye it. Or if your favorite black pants are fading and you’re not wearing them very much anymore, toss them in the wash with a bottle of black dye. I do this almost every year with my black pants to keep them looking like new.
One thing to keep in mind however, is that depending on what colour the article of clothing is before you dye it, it may not come out the same colour that’s on the dye box. But don’t let that stop you. I had this coral dress that I used black dye on, and it came out this fabulous maroon colour.
3. Learn how to sew on buttons. This is what can take your basic cardigan or blouse and really make it stand out. You’re going to want to buy buttons that are the same size as the ones currently on the clothing, but that’s not going to limit your creativity. And arts & craft fairs can be great places to buy buttons. You may not always find multiples of the same button, but why not just change up one button, or do them all differently within the same colour, or pattern.
DIY is all about the trial and error. Don’t get discouraged if you do something and it doesn’t turn out exactly how you imagined it. Sometimes it’ll turn out even better. Don’t give up, because the more you do it, the better you’ll get.
Have a great, easy DIY tip? Leave a comment and let me know!