Saturday, 29 April 2017

Fashion Mixology: 8 Outfits from 8 Pieces

One of my biggest prides as a blogger is the ability to remix items fairly well—you might notice the monthly remix posts I flaunt out here. I think remixing clothes is such a kind and beautiful way to appreciate and love your clothes and the people who make them. By learning how many ways you can style your clothes differently, you will be able to wear them to their full potential—and eventually find no need to constantly purchase new ones. If you don't know Elsie and Emma's Fashion Mixology, let me explain to you: The task is to create 8 different outfits from 8 pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories don't count. Five years ago, out of pure chance, I attempted to do this with only 6 pieces of clothing—thus creating 6 different outfits—but now I think I'm going to try with 8 pieces.

Batik bolero (gifted) // Sis's necklace + purse // hand-me-down tights // old shoes // thrifted dress

One of the greatest way to turn a casual dress into something semiformal is by layering a bolero over it—mind you, it doesn't work with just any bolero; batik would be the safest option. Finishing with a big statement necklace to complete the appropriate look—and a pair of colourful tights, in my case.

Old dress // thrifted loafers + purse + shirt

Give a twist to your dress by wearing a button-up underneath. The collar gives a casual dress a more preppy vibe, which is what I'm basically all about. Something else I really love to do is pairing solid colours with printed patterns—especially if the colours are of different hues.

Firu's hand-me-down shirt // old skirt + loafers // hand-me-down bag

I absolutely love pairing two different elements to create an unexpected look. In this case, a boyfriend's button-up and a chiffon pencil skirt—is this pencil? I don't have a clue. Also, pairing two different patterns—stripes and...uhh, abstract—can give an outfit a fresh feel.

Old dress + loafers // thrifted vest // Koola Stuffa tote bag

Another way you can wear a dress is buy tucking it into a pair of shorts—add a vest to the look for a bit more edge. I love the casual feel of the shorts paired with the sophistication of the vest. No accessory needed with the prints of the dress and the form of the vest.

Firu's hand-me-down shirt // thrifted dress // old socks + shoes // Koola Stuffa tote //

Flapper Girl (now closed, similar) criss cross tie

You can also rock a shirt over a dress, for a change. If the shirt is too long—which it is in this case—you can always tie up the ends of it and roll it under the shirt. To make the outfit less plain, add any accessory of choice—a cute criss cross tie and a pair of knee-high socks can create the perfect preppy look.

thrifted dress // old skirt + shoes // hand-me-down purse

One of my absolute favourite ways to style a dress is to wear a skirt over it. When a dress has cute details on the top part, all the more reason to style it as a top. Add a cute, long necklace and a pair of quirky shoes for pops of colours—and now you're ready to go.

Thrifted shirt + shorts // gifted batik bolero // old socks + boots

I used to be so in love with the way a classmate of mind rocked blazer with shorts. The contrast of casual and, uhh, business is really eye-catching. Alternatively, bolero also looks good with shorts. I'd complete the look with a pair of boots—and quirky socks, optional.

Thrifted shirt + loafers // old skirt + hat

This is probably the simplest look in this pile—a solid coloured shirt paired with a printed skirt? What else is new? But add a hat, a headpiece or a statement necklace and it could become a less ordinary look. The bold colour and statement print can really work great together.

Well, I hope this has inspired you guys to remix your clothes more—it sure got me all pumped! It's been such a long while since the last time I actually plan what to wear for a long period of time—as you may notice, these were worn on different occasions. You know, each item we own has such huge potentials and countless possibilities in terms of function and style, so try looking at your clothes carefully and try out how many ways to Sunday you can rock it. If you guys want to see other ways to remix specific items that I happen to own, don't hesitate to check out my remix posts.

Let me know which outfit is your favourite!

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Friday, 28 April 2017

5 Easiest DIYs for Your Clothes

One of the best ways to ensure that our wardrobe is ethical is to make use of what we already have as much as possible. That means wearing what we own until they're severely broken to the point of no return. But, sometimes, our taste could change or our style could evolve and our clothes don't match our liking anymore. When that happens, there is something we can do instead of tossing said clothes to wherever we see fit—there are ways to do that without contributing to landfills, by the way—and that is to DIY the hell out of our clothes. You probably realise that I'm not an expert on this subject, so, for all those DIY noobs out there, here are five easy ways to DIY your clothes...

Sometimes all it takes to change the way we feel about an item is to change the colour. Back in 2012, when ombré was huge, I used this DIY from Wit & Whistle to inject a bit of flair into a regular plain white T. It was really simple and didn't take up a lot of my time—minus the time to let it dry in the end. At the time, I was just using any clothing dye I could find, but if you want to make it toxic-free, you could always try out some of these dye-varieties straight from nature. You could also obviously take it a step further and try out various ways to dip dye, such as tie-dye or wax resist-dye.

We could always personalise our clothing items to match our liking better—and this is one of the easiest ways. For a few years now, patches have started to climb its way back up the trend ladder—being previously owned only by boys' and girls' scouts—so you can find numerous patches online. Etsy is a great place to start. Independent designers, like Stay Home Club, also have some great selections. Personally, I also lust after Annika's patches.

Fit and silhouette can be factors that determine how we feel about our clothes. When an item is too big on us—and not in a chic way—it could drown us and, in effect, our self-esteem. Modifying our items to fit us better or giving it a makeover to create a more likeable cut for us can work magic for how we feel towards the piece. I always find that Katie of Skunkboy does this best. There are also some great ideas you can check out on A Beautiful Mess.

If you don't want to make a permanent change, there is always this way of sprucing up your clothes. You can go from pins, studs, buttons—anything you can basically rip out without leaving a significant mark. The easiest option, without the need for any needles and thread, is obviously the pins—which is the option I went for. Not unlike patches, there are various selections to choose from, starting with button pins, enamels, anything—follow any illustrator and you'd be sure to find one. But if you want to use studs, this DIY from Elizabeth might help you.

Okay, maybe this one isn't exactly upcycling—unlike the rest of the tips on this list—but this is another way you can DIY your clothes. There are tons of things you can knit: scarves, jumpers, socks, mittens—you name it. It's actually rather simple and once you get going, it's quite easy to finish—although for your first item, I would recommend a scarf before anything else. When I knitted my first ones, this post from Park & Cube helped me a lot. If you want more, for all things knitting, One Social Girl is the girl to see.  

As I've mentioned above—and countless times on this blog before—I'm not exactly DIY-savvy. These are obviously just a tip of the iceberg of the crafting world. If you want to try out other DIYs out there, A Beautiful Mess is my favourite go-to option. Other than that, The Brave Life (formerly Delightfully Tacky), A Robot Heart and Kittenhood are also my favourites. Let us support slow fashion and make the most of what we have!

If you want some DIY tutorials from me (however few there may be), you can read them here!

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