Almost every girl has a few too-big T-shirts in her closet, but instead of just wearing them to bed at night how about refashioning one into a cute tunic dress? I love this fashion DIY because it’s really easy to do and the resulting A-line dress is so easy to just throw on – especially for summer. The other great thing about this DIY is that if you have a tee with a graphic on it, you can even make your dress reversible so that you can wear it with the image in front for days you feel cheeky or wear the plain side in front on days when you’re feeling more serious.
For the full recycled fashion tutorial steps click the pages below.
Please ignore the ghastly condition of my cuticles. I garden and do crafts all the time so ’nuff said.
Terrariums and DIY nail art are two trends that I’ve been really excited about, so I thought it was high time for a mashup between the two. Okay, so the title of this DIY tutorial is admittedly a bit misleading. It’s not like you’re really growing living plants on your nails though I would applaud anyone who could actually do that, instead I’m going to show you how to take tiny leaves and stick them onto your nails for the really pretty effect you see above. Unlike the other beautiful nail art tutorials you might see on Pinterest, this terrarium nail how-to is something you can actually achieve and keep for at least a few days and the glassy sheen of the clear manicure creates a, well, polished look over the pressed leaves.
This femme floral frock is a one-of-a-kind Clossette original refashioned from a dress from the 90s. I cut away a heart shape from the front of the dress, creating a negative space that I filled with some sheer tulle left over from Sandy’s bridal shower tea party. The re-design was inspired by a somewhat unlikely source – a futuristic office design that transformed two plain Jane old houses into a dynamic office by cutting away bits and pieces of the original structures. Sometimes subtraction is way more effective than addition, you know?
Material: Recycled polyester dress, sheer tulle
Condition: Gently worn/almost new
Lace back tank tops and t-shirts have been really popular lately, and it’s easy to see why – they’re breezy (lot of ventilation), pretty and add a lot of visual interest to what might be an otherwise boring outfit. If you’ve been scouring the stores for the perfect sheer back top but haven’t found one you fancy, why not try making your own using a shirt you already have? Despite their complex look, sheer back shirts are extremely easy to make yourself, especially if you’re just refashioning a tank top that you’ve grown bored of. To see how to complete this simple fashion DIY, click on the pages below for the full instructions.
Babydoll shirts with all sorts of weird bunching and shirring used to be in style until we realized that they made everyone look equally preggers. So now there are a ton of these unflattering tops floating around unloved even though many of them still have nice, bold prints like the Marc Jacobs-esque large flower pattern on this one. If you’re the owner of one of these shirts and are not quite sure what to do with it, here’s a really easy, no-sew fashion DIY showing you how to turn an ugly babydoll shirt into a summer skirt just in time for the warm weather. I think you’ll really be surprised at how simple this tutorial is, and depending on the shirt you use, you can make the bottom into a skirt and the top into a cute bandeau.
I recently dug up this old Paula Abdul cardio dance video with the intention of burning some calories when I realized that A. I’m allergic to exercise and B. I no longer own a VCR. Downtrodden but not completely hopeless, I inspected the relic like an archaeologist and was impressed with both its uber-simplistic 90s colorblock design and the sturdiness of the box’s closing mechanism when it came to me – this could make a really unique DIY clutch. After all, the dimensions are pretty much spot-on and it’s just so wonderfully kitsch/nostalgic/ironic. And the beauty of it is that you can pretty much use any video box that you want for your own clutch (I highly doubt anyone else owns this Paula Abdul workout video or will admit to it?). Technically, you could even use the box as a clutch unmodified but I wanted to add a few touches to make it more obvious that it was an actual purse and not just a video that you’re carrying around.
Another really cool thing about this DIY is that if your video case is the kind with a transparent sleeve and piece of paper that slides in and out, you can swap out the graphic with whatever you want to make this a really versatile clutch. For example, if you have a piece of paper from another video – say The Breakfast Club – you can just remove Paula Abdul and slip that in instead. Or you can even leave the clear sleeve empty and use it as a white clutch. The possibilities are endless!
For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.
I bought this cute navy schoolgirl skirt in Hong Kong but never wore it. It still has the original tags! Adorable and easy for summer and it’s a playful length that is still demure enough to wear without feeling like you’re five. The waist is elastic so it can fit a S, M or possibly even a small L.
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Send your Valentine exactly the right “message” with this beautiful glass bottle charm. This kit has everything you need to create a personalized charm – all you have to supply is the words written inside your rolled up scroll. Make sure you order yours by February 10th, 2012 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.
What’s included in the kit:
– glass bottle charm (if you’d rather buy just the bottle, click here)
– jump ring
– piece of paper to write your message on
– red thread to tie your message
Looking for our popular Terrarium Garden Charm? Click here.
The Olympics are in full swing, and in addition to watching the games, isn’t it so exciting to see folks donning all kinds of patriotic fashion from star-spangled outfits to union jack nails? I, too, wanted to show my support for team USA and team Japan but I didn’t want to end up buying random tsotchkes that I would only wear once, so I decided to recycle myself a DIY flag clutch out of an old video tape box. This DIY is uber easy (if you start now, you might even have it ready for the next event), and the best thing about it is that you can rep two different teams if your nationality is hyphenated like my own. When you’re at the pub rooting for team USA, just flash the American flag side and when it’s time for your other team to strut its stuff, just flip your clutch to show the other flag!
For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.
It’s the final day of my month of fashion dieting*, and as you can see, I’m jumping for joy! I also have a beard for some reason (see pic 5). Challenging as it might have seemed, the limitation of only being able to wear 6 items of clothing was actually quite liberating. In fact, I re-counted today and realized I didn’t even don my 6th garment at all, mostly due to the fact that I wore my handy dandy polka dress to almost every function fathomable. From birthdays to weddings to bridal showers, the dress acted as my sidekick for the month and showcased once again that fashion is all about fun and function, not quantity.
– Grey (ok, I guess it’s really more like a taupe) polka dot dress: H&M
– Ivory purse: Prada
– Avarcas slip-on sandals: Riudavets (check out the always knowledgeable Emma Grady’s article about this new, ethically-made fashion sensation, which has actually been a staple in Menorcan wardrobes for years, here)
It may sound daunting, but I really encourage you to try out the 6 Items Style Challenge yourself. We live in a society that’s so used to fast fashion, that simply being photographed in the same dress at two different weddings results in an “OMG, I die” moment – but why? What is so terrible? I hope that everyone who steps outside of this bizarre mindset for even a month by taking the challenge can come to a place where they’re able to be more resourceful and creative with a more pared down, quality wardrobe. And after you’ve tried it, please come back and comment on how you felt after – I feel confident that it’ll inspire a positive change in you. Plus, you just have a lot more time in your life when you don’t have to decide what to wear everyday. : /
So before I get into this DIY, I just want to make it perfectly clear that the design you see for this bib necklace is not my own. It’s actually inspired by the Andean Collection’s Honeycomb Necklace, which I’m absolutely in love with, and the only reason I decided to make my own version instead of purchasing one is that I wanted a particular colorway – neon pink with a spot of tangerine – that they didn’t offer. So I have to give credit where credit is due and lead you to their website if you like this necklace because they’re a company that not only creates striking modern pieces of jewelry, they do it in a way that helps women and men who need it. So purchase this necklace from them if you can!
OK, if, for some reason you’re still here after I said my piece, I’ll show you how I made my own DIY neon version of this bib necklace. Scroll down and click page 2 below for the full DIY tutorial.
It’s Day 5 of my fashion diet and it’s hot as Hades, so I decided to don my Clossette angry snowman dress. Why is he angry? Well I think that’s obvious, but I’ll leave it to you to come up with your own back story.
I’m officially on a diet! If you think that’s pretty uncharacteristic of me, hear me out. For this diet, I’ll be counting clothes instead of calories. For the whole month of July, I’ve pledged to wear only 6 items of clothing to show that true style isn’t about having more clothes; it’s about having a curated closetful of quality garments – and knowing how to make a little go a long way. Follow me and my fellow fashion dieters as we challenge ourselves to mix and match our 6 items and get creative to craft 30 different outfits using our limited garb.
So why are we paring down our wardrobes like this? The 6 Items Style Challenge was started by Labour Behind the Label, a campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions through awareness. Most people don’t know how little these women, men and in many cases children get paid so that you can buy a skirt for $12 or a shirt for $10, but if you’re reading this, I hope the one thing you take away is that our desire for cheap, fast fashion is hurting people around the globe. Although having just 6 items to wear might be on the extreme side, the point of this exercise is to show that it can be done and also hopefully will make people see that we simply don’t need that many new clothes!
Check out my very first outfit below and if you’re interested in learning more about the cause, read an interview about why I decided to take on the 6 Items Challenge here.
Some women just have naturally large breasts and while the rest of us hate you, we still wanted to share this easy fashion DIY idea showing how to repurpose those extra bra pads that you clearly don’t need (again, damn you) with you. It’s pretty straightforward – just pop the pads out of your bra and stick them in your heels to use as shoe inserts. Not only will you save money by not having to buy shoe inserts – they’re not cheap, you know – your feet will be nice and comfy. Total cost for this DIY? $0.