September 26, 2021

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FASHION HACKS: FIVE WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR OLD CLOTHES INTO NEW ONES

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SHOLA-ADIDO Oladotun

 

Riddle time! I am something you have, but sometimes it seems like you don’t have it. What am I? The answer is clothes. Have you ever opened your wardrobe to select an outfit for an event, only to discover you are unable to find the suitable dress to wear? At that moment, you probably lamented over your dearth of clothes, mentally allocating a significant percentage of your incoming allowance to get a new dress, or hoping that a distant relative somewhere in Europe would suddenly send you a box of clothes. Insufficient 

The reasons some people have this feeling about the clothes in their wardrobe could be: They look old, faded, or torn; they have worn them multiple times; they consider them to be outdated, boring, and ugly; they aren’t the right fit anymore. The issue is not that they don’t have any clothes, it is they don’t have the desired clothes. Sometimes, to get the perfect clothes, they have to go through the unpleasant process of buying new clothes, which is financially draining. (Thanks a lot, Sapa). 

What if you become aware that the clothes you consider to be misfits could, through a process, become perfect? Okay, this might sounds crazy, but think about it; what if the top you think is ugly could turn into something beautiful, what if the torn trousers you want to use as a rag is one of the best shorts you ever own, and what if the shirt you outgrew could become a masterpiece everyone wants? The secret to achieving all these is TRANSFORMING.

What is transforming? It is just like recycling but has to do more with clothes. Transforming in the context of this article is when you use various methods to modify your old clothes into better-upgraded versions, making them appear like new ones. Not only does transformation allow for improved clothing items, but it is also money-saving, and promotes environmental sustainability.

In this article, we are going to share with you guys five budget-friendly ways on how to transform your clothes from old to new. Get ready, because after reading this article, there is a high probability that you will not go clothes shopping again.

Dyeing

Dyeing is the most common and easiest method of clothing transformation that primarily helps to provide an effective solution to color-related problems affecting your clothes.

Let’s face it; in everyone’s life, there’s always a favorite shirt, trousers, or skirt that one loves so much, but had to throw away because the color has faded. Color fading is a major problem affecting fabrics, particularly jean materials. There is no better way to restore your faded clothes to their former colorful beauty than dyeing them. It helps to preserve the colors of your clothes, sometimes making the colors shine brighter than before.

In addition to color preservation and restoration, dyeing gives your clothes an entirely envious new look. For example, a white shirt that has a permanent stain on it could be dyed into a different color, like red, blue, green, etc. And if dyeing a white shirt into one color is not good enough for you, you could dye it into various colors using the popular tie and dye method.

A little misconception about dyeing exists among many people; they think of it as a strenuous process involving high knowledge and expertise that only trained professionals possess. This is partially wrong because dyeing is something a layman can do if he/she understands these basic steps:

  • Know your fabric

  • Pre-wash the clothes you selected

  • Gather your tools (bucket, container, ropes, and gloves, etc.)

  • Select your dye color

  • Dye your garment

  • Rinse

  • Mildly wash again

  • Dry

By properly following these steps, you are sure to give your old clothes the colorful touch they need, and who knows, you might someday become a legendary dyeing expert.

Chopping off

Sometimes you not only have to cut off some people in your life, but you also have to cut off some parts of your old clothes to make them appear new.

Change is a constant factor in our lives, and one major type of change is physical growth. It gets to a point when we realize that a trouser, shirt, or jacket isn’t our size anymore because we outgrew them. Panic might set in because the growth came at a time when we could barely afford to buy ourselves a decent meal, much less buy new clothes that fit.

No need to overthink; just grab a pair of scissors and tear those excess parts away. For example, if you have an old pair of trousers that fails to fully cover your legs, you could decide to cut them into shorts that reach your knees or bum shorts. And in a situation where your long sleeve shirt isn’t long anymore, you could turn it into a short sleeve. Simple and effective.

Sewing

Did you know you could turn your old plain tank top into a beautiful short gown? All you have to do is grab your tank top, a yard of your preferred fabric, and a sewing machine. With the appropriate measurements taken, attach the yard of fabric to the hem of the tank top, and run it through your machine. Voila! You are ready to walk out onto the streets looking like a million bucks.

There are a lot of other things you can transform your old clothes into using the sewing method. Sewing enables a flow of creativity, allowing you to express a new vision for your old clothes. It provides you with an opportunity to alter the clothes from scratch, shaping them into whatever style or design you want.

Sewing can be very easy with the right tutorial articles. And for some of the DIYs, you don’t need to use a sewing machine; a needle and thread can also work.

Styling

This is a very unusual method, one that many might not be expecting. There are times when it takes a change in the combination of the clothes we wear to make them appear new again.

Repetition when it comes to styling an outfit often makes the clothing items appear old and boring. For example, you own a red blouse and always wear it with a black skirt. Sooner or later, you will get tired of wearing the blouse and regard it as old. But if you decide to combine the blouse with a pair of trousers, blazers, and boots, it will give the blouse a whole new look; even someone who has seen you wear the blouse multiple times might ask if it’s new.

What’s the lesson to be learned? Spice things up by exploring various styling options with your old clothes.

Rock with Confidence 

Observations have proven that even when a speaker is saying total jargon, as long as he/she is speaking with confidence, people perceive him/her to be saying the right things. The same thing applies to fashion.

When it comes to defining fashion, confidence can never be over-emphasized. Confidence is what gives people the impression that whatever you are wearing is trendy and a must-have, even if it’s old. You could wear faded jeans to an event and, with the right amount of confidence, people might not perceive it as old but stylish, sometimes pushing them to imitate your style.

Confidence is what shapes you into a fashion trendsetter, making whatever you wear appear current and elevating the status of your look from normal to must-have. So, if you have a bunch of old clothes, no need to worry, as long as you are wearing them with confidence, they are sure to appear new and stunning.

IT’S A STYLE WRAP

Making use of these methods will not only give your wardrobe the beautiful and creative transformation you desire, but it will also develop you into a fashionista. Remember, these steps will save you a lot of money and help you to utilize your clothes effectively. Hope you enjoyed reading this article.

Due to the limited amount of space and time, we are unable to extensively discuss the first three points that have to do with the physical transformation of the old clothes, so I’m going to be attaching links where you can read more steps and detailed explanations, providing many examples of how you can go about dyeing, cutting and sewing methods. It also contains a lot of other clothing DIYs, so make use of them.

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