Upcycle your wardrobe


DIY Fashion

Upcycle your wardrobe

Beat the budget blues with these bargain DIY style tips

Maggie Gibbons

If you think your wardrobe has been looking a little boring lately and you’re tired of seeing the same stuff in there, then why not let your inner designer out and revamp with some great DIY ideas. Your wardrobe will have a totally new up-to-date look, and it will cost you a fraction of the cost of buying new. Clapped out clothes can sparkle, and fatigued footwear can be fabulous all over again. Trust me! Here are just a few things you can do with ribbons, pearls and even old tights…

Take the laces out of shoes/boots and replace them with colourful ribbons, makes them much more interesting than plain old shoelaces. I did red and green ribbons for the All-Ireland! If you’re finding it hard to get the ribbon through small eyelets then wrap a bit of sellotape around the end of the ribbon and it will push through easily.
Bored with your gold and silver chain necklaces? If the links are large enough, you can try threading some coloured ribbon through them – it’s a great way to colour co-ordinate with outfits.

Tights for your arms
Here’s an idea for those who hate showing their ‘bingo wings’. You can wear these creations under those sleeveless dresses or tops you’ve shoved to the back of your wardrobe. All you need is a pair of footless tights and a scissors. Lay the tights flat and cut the crotch out – this becomes the neck. Make sure you cut an opening big enough to fit over your head comfortably; make it bigger depending on the neckline you want. The elasticated waist will sit comfortably under your bra, and the legs become the arms. It’s that simple! And it’s a lot cheaper than having to buy a similar product. You could go for plain tights, lacy tights or patterned tights – it’s completely up to you.

Baubles and bling
I love embellishing stilettos. For one project, I bought a cheap T-shirt with a beautiful pearl design on the front, cut the design out, and cut it up again into small pieces. I then stuck them on to black suede shoes and some cardigans and jumpers. Voila! An instant transformation. You can use anything you like – it could be lace or other bits of bling.
Check magazines and local boutiques to see what’s ‘in’ then get creative and customise your clothes for half nothing. I’m currently putting studs on bootees courtesy of a cheap scarf I bought in Penneys which was covered with studs: a DIY enthusiasts dream! Look for diamante, beads, old necklaces, whatever, and let your creative juices flow. It could make for a very interesting winter…

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at living@mayonews.ie.