Your old clothes should never be thrown away. Donating them is a great alternative, or selling them on Poshmark is an easy way to make some extra cash. But, why not try to remake your old clothing? If you have free time, find new ways to turn your boring old clothes into trendy fashion statements. Don’t fear, you don’t have to be Picasso for these projects. Simple painting, sewing, and cutting skills are all you need! Check out the trendiest ways to be an at-home fashion designer.
Painting denim is super easy and so trendy. All you need is acrylic or fabric paint, and either an old pair of denim shorts, jeans, or a denim jacket. Start by sketching your design with a pencil, and make sure to use a straight edge when necessary. Some great ideas for designs include stars, hearts, logos, or your favorite sayings/quotes. For jeans and denim shorts, painting the legs and back pockets look best. For denim jackets, most people tend to paint the back. For detailed steps on painting denim, click here.
Patches will turn any old denim jeans into a unique pair made just for you. Patches can be bought for super cheap on Amazon, usually coming in themed packs of 30-50 pieces. These can easily be sewed or ironed on to any form of denim. Besides patches of animals, flowers, food, etc., another great idea is different shades of denim patches. These come in packs of different shades of blue denim. This is such a unique style to go with, as you can make one pair of denim jeans show multiple shades throughout, just iron or sew them on!
Tie-dying clothes is the perfect way to remake that old white shirt you accidentally stained. All you need is tie-dye (this can usually be bought in kits that include the squirt bottles), rubber bands, and some type of white clothing. This can include sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, tank tops, or even white sweaters. A huge trend lately is matching tie-dye sweatsuits, meaning you dye a sweatshirt and sweatpants the same colors and wear them as a set. Another idea is dyeing sweatpants and a matching tank top. For a tie-dye tutorial, click here.
Bleaching your clothes is no different than the tie-dying process, but instead of using the dye, you use bleach! You can use the same video linked above to bleach sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, whatever clothing item of your choice. Bleach removes the color from clothing, turning black material into a reddish-yellow stain. For a really stylish look, bleach one-half of a pair of jeans. This makes for a two-tone look, and you will become obsessed. You’re going to want to bleach all your jeans, and honestly, I completely support you. Hint: Instead of bleach, many people use Clorox Spray or Clorox Toilet Bowl Gel Cleaner to create the same washed-out look.
You’ve heard it a million times, how much did you pay for holes in your pants? Well, now those holes can be free! Seriously, ripped jeans are so fashionable and we’re never going to stop wearing them. If you have a boring pair of jeans that need a little bit of spicing up, rip your own holes! This is so easy to do and is so much cheaper than buying pre-ripped jeans. The best tool to create this look is a small razor. It will give you the perfect rips, and allow the white strings to show. Are you ready to create the perfect pair of distressed jeans?
Cropping your clothes is so easy, and soon you’re going to want to crop everything. Literally, all you need is a pair of scissors to create such a trendy everyday look. Mainly, I crop oversized t-shirts that can be worn with jeans, leggings, or shorts. Besides t-shirts, it’s very popular to cut sweatshirts too. Cropped sweatshirts are the perfect piece for any lazy day outfit. You’ll find that wearing this with joggers will be your new favorite outfit. For a classier look, cut the ends off of your XL cardigan. Pair it with jeans for a stylish, but dressier, look. Cropping your tops creates a sexy yet completely comfortable look that’ll never go out of style.
Fringing denim is way easier than it may seem. Not familiar with fringing? Basically, it’s when you let the bottom threads hang loose, or you twist/tassel them together. A popular look nowadays is to fringe the bottom cuffs of your jeans. All you have to do is rip the seam open evenly on each leg and start fraying, or unraveling the seam. Some people only like half-an-inch of fray hanging out, while others prefer up to six inches! You can even twist the frayed threads together to create a cleaner look. Click here for the full steps.
Make your jeans uniquely you by embroidering designs onto them. Whether you sew on stars, hearts, letters, or numbers, make them specific to you. You’ve never had more personalized jeans until now! It’s so easy, as long as you know how to sew, to stitch on anything you want. Embroidered jeans I love have designs sewed in on the back pockets, down the side of the leg, and sometimes even trace over the hemming of the front pockets. Whatever you do, make it you.
This look isn’t as popular as the rest, but I’m sure it will be real soon. This is by far my favorite way to remake old clothes. Adding studs to your shorts, jackets, or jeans will have you pulling off a completely edgy look. People will be asking where you bought them, and you can proudly say you made them. For complete instructions on how to bedazzle your clothing, click here!
Now you can throw any saying you want onto an old t-shirt, and it’s never been easier. Take an old t-shirt, or even sweatshirt or sweatpants, and simply iron on the letters. Packs of letters can be bought on Amazon for so cheap, ranging from $10-$15. Some fun sayings to add to your old clothes include “Vacation Mode,” “I’d Rather Be Napping,” or even your iron on your sorority letters! You’re going to want to wear these shirts everyday.
How will you be remaking your old clothes? Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments below!
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Kenley Stevenson grew up on Long Island, New York. Being a short train ride from New York City, opportunities for her to create and grow were endless. Now, she is currently a junior English/Journalism major at the University of New Hampshire. On top of Society19, she also write articles for Trill! Magazine. She has a huge passion for food, fashion, and anything related to today’s pop culture, and hopes to spend her future writing about it.