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When A Dress Becomes A Skirt

29 May

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When you’re giving your wardrobe a good edit and clean out, always keep this in mind.

Pieces can be remodeled and reinvented.

A pair of long, wide pants can be slimmed and cropped, a blouse can have the sleeves shortened or removed and just like here, a dress can be made into a skirt.

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All that’s required is a creative eye and a clever sewer/tailor.

This dress is available from H & M.  I’m not sure if you can buy it in Australia but details can be found here.

If you don’t really have a creative eye and would like me to help you go through your wardrobe details of my wardrobe styling sessions can be found here 

READ: “What’s Hiding In Your Wardrobe That Could Be Reinvented?” here 

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Buckles, Buttons And Baubles

30 Jul

Sadly I had to say goodbye to one of my old favourites recently.  A trench coat, that brought with it nostalgic memories because I purchased it on a family holiday in Tokyo (Is it just me or does anyone else have sentimental attachments to their clothes like I do?), had come to the end of it’s life. I’d tried and tried to save it – stitching up the lining (several times) and cleaning and pressing it – but it was time to say goodbye.  It was starting to look shabby and I had no choice but to let it go.

But before I bundled it up and threw it in the bin, I quickly gave it a once over to see if there was anything on the coat that I could save.   I ended up keeping these buckles (pictured above) which were added to my crafty bits and pieces collection of sequins, buttons, beads, feathers, tassels, pompoms, etc.  I’m sure in the future something will come up where I think….I really need a buckle.  As I did here.

TIP Don’t discard anything from your wardrobe until you’ve thoroughly looked it over with a creative eye to see if there’s anything that can be salvaged and re-used.

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Breathe Life Into Something Old With Something New

28 May

I bought this jacket a few years ago while I was on holiday in Rome with my mum, aunt and uncle.  It’s not a fancy designer piece and it wasn’t super expensive but I still remember the day I bought it and it brings back special memories.   I won’t keep it forever, it’s not that much of a sentimental piece, but at the same time I’m not quite ready to part with it just yet.

Recently I pulled it out to wear and it felt a little tired.  I gave it a good clean and played around with it a bit – buttoned the neck a different way, rolled up the sleeves – to see what I could do with it to breathe some life into it.  What I found did the trick was adding  a different belt around the waist.  I realised the old belt, the fabric buckle in particular, was what was dragging down the jacket and making it look stale and worn out.  My Trenery waist belt (purchased on sale for $19) was all it needed to give it a new look and the boost it needed.

Go through your wardrobe and see what’s in there that can be rejuvenated by running it in, taking it out, taking it up, adding new buttons,  beads, brooches, belts or even some dye.

Be resourceful.  Don’t just dismiss something and toss it out before you really analyse it and look at it with a creative eye.

Need help deciding what can be reinvented (and how to do it)? Book in for a Wardrobe Overhaul or Review here 

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Refresh And Update Your Wardrobe With Dye

12 Nov

I recently bought a couple of pairs of white sneakers at Forges for $3.99 each. Bargain!   I’ve worn one pair a few times and they were starting to look a bit grotty – and besides I figured I didn’t really need two pairs of white sneakers.  One would suffice.  So this weekend I decided I’d dye a pair blue.

If you’ve never dyed anything before, it’s pretty easy, it’s just a bit messy.  Despite that though, I think it’s worth it if you have something in your wardrobe that you really like for whatever reason, but you can’t wear because it’s faded, it’s got a stain on it or the color doesn’t work for you.

On this particular occasion I used Rit, which I bought from Spotlight for about $7.

In the past I’ve also dyed, among other things, towels and even a white dressing gown that wasn’t looking so white anymore.   Next on my list is to dye some bed linen grey.

To get the result you’re after, you MUST follow the instructions precisely.  (I also got on the Rit website and read some of their dyeing tips before I started)

So now these….

Look like this..


Like I’ve said before, you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to refresh and update your wardrobe – sometimes all that’s required is some imagination and creativity.

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