Sometimes you may find yourself needing a style upgrade for any number of reasons or events in your social calendar but if pay-day is a long way off and you want to be able to pay the bills come the end of the month then you may not have the funds to support a wardrobe update. But if that’s the case then don’t worry because there are still a number of ways you can update or improve your style with a bit of do it yourself care and attention, plus most importantly for free!
How many of these DIY style tricks have you tried?
Give old sweatshirts a boost by shaving off area of fluffed material with a standard razor.
- Experiment with dyeing on old canvas trainers to give them a bright new look.
- Swap your shoe laces. You’d be surprised how much of an effect it has to put a fresh pair of laces in. Mix up the colours too and you’ll feel like you’ve got a new pair of shoes.
- Learn to sew: if you do your options will soon multiply. Add contrast pockets to the plain t-shirts you’re simply bored of wearing. Alternatively, you could search for some quirky buttons and sew onto jackets for a boost.
- Ripped jeans are pretty fashionable once again so why not create your own rather than pay for the designers to rip them for you?
- Shine your shoes and learn how to polish leather properly. It’s a skill that gets passed down through the generations and it’ll make your footwear last longer as well making them look as good as new.
- Finding a good local dry cleaner may be more important than you realise. As clothing gets older it inevitably starts to pick up odours and discolours but you can make it feel much newer by taking it for dry cleaning. It might cost to take a selection of clothes there but it’ll certainly prove to be cost-effective.
- Smelly old shoes? Try putting them in the freezer for a day – it should kill the bacteria that causes the smell. Then simply sponge wash to spruce up the appearance.
- Use accessories – It might sound feminine but mixing them up with staple outfits is the easiest way yo put a fresh spin on your favourite looks.
- Become friends with a tailor – knowing someone who can crop your trousers, alter your jackets or give sagging clothes a lift is a valuable friend indeed. Customizing the fit of old clothing can save you tonnes of money buying new more.
- In the summer months especially you’ll no doubt crave a pair of new shorts. well, save yourself by getting that same style of denim shorts by making some with an old pair of jeans yourself!
- Bring in shirts at the side seams if the fit needs adjusting or fit with darts.
- Hemming trousers is quite straightforward and there are numerous videos online demonstrating how to do so. You could try it with chinos, jeans, trousers or anything else and bring them up to ankle level to wear as a summer staple.