DIY: How to Make a Cute Poncho Out of an Old Blanket

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Does anyone else remember a time when ponchos were right up there on the fashion-suicide list with socks + sandals and hammer pants? And now you see all of those things all over Vogue and Glamour! Such is the fashion machine, right? Well, the reason I mention ponchos is that for a long time, I had a bit of an aversion to these half-blanket, half-coat hybrids until I was tidying up my closet and came upon this cream-colored throw I received from Cindy Crawford (fine, I actually got it as a favor at a party she threw from one of her PR people who took one look at me and seemed reluctant to give it to me, but doesn’t it sound much better when I say she gave it to me herself?). It’s such a lovely and cozy throw, but I’m not really a throw person – is anyone, really? Anyways, not wanting it to sit around in my closet, I wondered what could be done with it and then it came to me – it’d make an excellent poncho! Read on to see how I transformed it into one with just a few easy steps and if you have a blanket that you think could serve you a lot better as a poncho, definitely give it a try.

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HOW TO: Refashion a Too Large T-Shirt into a Reversible Dress

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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.

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Eat Your Heart Out Dress by Clossette

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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?

Size: S
Material: Recycled polyester dress, sheer tulle
Condition: Gently worn/almost new


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HOW TO: Turn an Ugly Shirt into a Cute Skirt [No Sewing]

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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.

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Kandy’s DIY Tip: How to Revamp Your Jeans

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We are coming into fall now, and the super bright jeans aren’t really for fall. I love this dark red print for fall, and black for me is an all around seasonal color. I love to make my own clothes and I want to be a fashion designer so this is like a serious start for me. My parents don’t like that I LOVE revamping my clothes, but I can’t help it. I know that I’ll make money off of this one day. I already sell some bow ties and jewelry that I make. Great start right. So For this project I’d suggest that you try black pants for bleaching, but you can use black jeans if you’d rather chose to use fabric paint which I’d suggest silver.

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HOW TO: Make Your Boyfriend’s T Shirt into a Cute New Tank Top

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Step 1. Steal your boyfriend’s shirt. I’m just kidding. Don’t steal. But if you notice that your boyfriend (or husband, brother, friend, dad, guy on the couch) has an old t shirt that they hardly wear anymore, they should be fine with you taking it as long as you ask nicely. And this project will work just as well with any oversized t shirt you already have in your own closet too. There are only a few steps and when you’re done, you’ll have a cute tank top just in time for summer. Read on for the full instructions!

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DIY: How to Make Lace-Up Leggings

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Please excuse my Ashy Larry legs and beaten up TOMS wedges.

I’ve been rocking the black lace up leggings I got in Japan last summer for the past few days and noticed they’ve been creating quite a buzz – not necessarily all positive. Some people are intrigued by them, some baffled and a few girls have asked me where they can get a pair. Good question! I haven’t seen them outside of Japan – has anyone else? I guess like just about anything else in the world, they can probably be found on eBay, but if you want to refashion a pair of your old leggings and give them a little facelift, turning them into a pair of lace ups is the perfect beginner’s fashion DIY project.

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YOU WILL NEED:

– pair of old leggings (3/4 length works best since part of your leg should be exposed to show the ribbon)
– long ribbons (I used two different kinds here to illustrate the crazy combos you can create but feel free to just use black leggings and black ribbon or whatever colors you like)
– scissors
– needle and thread
– pins

Click on the “Pages” below to get to the next step.

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Today’s Look: Plaid Romance

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Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhhhhh ~ caught in a plaid romance. Sorry about that. I got a little too excited about today’s outfit idea. You might recognize this preppy midi skirt from my 1950s sockhop sweetie Halloween costume, but pairing it with a lady-like grey blazer gives it a totally fresh spin. As you might have noticed, I’m really feelin’ the polished grown-up look for fall (especially since I’m officially old now), but I’m doubly bubbly about this outfit because its one of the ones I put together for Naya’s Renew Your Soles Style Challenge where they asked green style bloggers like yours truly to donate 5 pairs of old shoes in exchange for one beautiful, well-made pair from their new line. The challenge will raise awareness for America Recycles Day and echoes an ideal that I’m all about: quality, not quantity! One pair of beautiful, versatile shoes that you actually want to keep wearing for years can replace a closet full of throw-aways and help you leave a softer footprint on our earth.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Pink, blue and tan plaid wool skirt: Purchased as part of my 1950s sockhop girl Halloween costume at Unique Thrift Shop for $4.99. I took this pic right before it found a new home with Jeanne‘s cousin.

Grey blazer: This is such a unique lil’ number with its military-gone-femme appeal. I got it at a Korean shop a few years ago and wear it with everything from jeans to shorts.

Slate booties: These Genesis peep-toe booties are so comfy and really go with just about anything, as you’ll see from the four other looks I put together around them!

Gold Libra medallion: This vintage Tiffany pendant belonged to my dad who was a Libra – just like me. Pretty pimp if I do say so meself!

Lavender camisole: A gift from my mom’s friend Mrs. Ho, who works for Ravel.

Tan bag: I’ve had this suede bag for so long and have carried it to so many places that it’s as dirty as Linus’ blanket*. I still think it looks great though and love how soft it is now. Some things just get better with age!

*EDIT: For some reason, I combined the characters of Linus and Pigpen from Peanuts above! I think what I wrote still makes sense (sort of).

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Today’s Look: Jumper

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So here’s something you might not know: In American English, the term jumper refers to a dress meant to be worn over a sweater or a shirt, but in British English, a jumper is a sweater. Both languages also recognize the word to mean “a person who jumps.” But you probably already knew that.

Steering back to the point of this post, I recently scooped up this dark navy jumper (American English usage) at my neighborhood thrift shop to wear over my favorite olive green jumper (British English usage), and I’m liking the posh (though verbally confusing) result. Jumpers are really easy to wear but they haven’t been en vogue for a while, so it baffles me that their frumpy country cousin, the overall, keeps making its way back into seasonal trends. So this winter, I challenge all you stylish ladies to try out a jumper (you can even just take a summer dress, wear it over a sweater and call it a jumper) and see how you like it! It’s a nice way to maximize your wardrobe and it’s also a lot less boring that just wearing a sweater and a skirt.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dark navy jumper: Thrifted for $5

Olive green cowlneck sweater: From my closet

Buckled peep-toe Kasha booties: A gift from Naya for winning their Renew Your Soles Style Challenge!

Green plaid tights: Purchased in Japan. Tights and leggings are probably the only articles of clothing I ever buy new.

Gold Libra medallion: This vintage Tiffany pendant belonged to my dad who was a Libra, just like me.

Belt: My mom’s

Purse: 1990s Chanel

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Make Love, Not War Military Coat – SOLD OUT

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This French blue coat has some sweet little details like military style buttons and a furry hood that will keep you looking hot even in the winter. The lining is quilted for extra warmth.

It hasn’t been revamped because it’s so perfect it doesn’t really need any help.

Size: The label says small, but it fits more like a small to medium

Condition: Very good. There’s a bit of pilling on the back but it still looks great with no major blemishes.

Plaid dress and belt not included.

Buy it here >

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Chanel Silk Star and CC Meshback Tank Top

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A recently completed silk top straight from the Clossette studio. The front panel was cut from a luxurious Chanel scarf dotted with subtle magenta stars that burst into a trail of golden CCs. The back is made of a fine mesh material that looks light pink in some lights and white in others.

– Handcut and handmade from recycled materials
– Size S
– Navy silk with a pattern of magenta and white stars and gold Chanel logos

I still love this top so much that I’m not ready to part with it unless it’s to the right buyer. Email me at hello@clossette.com if you’re interested!

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HOW TO: Make a Chanel Charm Bracelet Using the December Issue of Vogue

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If you happen to see any stray copies of the December Vogue left on newstands, pick it up because there’s something in there that you want – a super chic black and gold Chanel holiday card emblazoned with the #5 on the front and “A drop of No 5 and nothing else” scribed on the inside. But that’s not all. The intricate card is also strung with 5 delicate strands of gilded Chanel sequins in the shapes of perfume bottles, snowflakes and CCs. Of course the card is lovely to look at just as it is, but I know what I was thinking as soon as I opened mine up – DIY time! Read on to see how I transformed a few rows of the sequins into a glamorous Chanel charm bracelet.

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Chanel in a Bottle Necklace Charm

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Even though I’m the kind of woman who would pull a splinter out of my finger and save it for a later project, I’m also a clutterphobe who lives in a tiny 500 sq. ft apartment with limited storage space. That’s why, while I’m ashamed to admit it, I actually thought about discarding the tiny bits of navy silk I had leftover from my Chanel scarf refashion. But then I thought – are you mad, woman?! That scarf cost me a small fortune, so throwing those pieces out would be like throwing away dollar bills. For weeks, I tried to think of a little accessory that would do the lovely gold logo-emblazoned fabric justice and I think I finally found it my newest creation – this tiny glass bottle pendant. The bottle charm can actually be uncorked, which is how I filled it with a circle of the silk and a handful of tiny opalescent beads. This would be a cute way to display any other meaningful bits and baubles you might have that are too small to make into anything else. Enjoy!

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Eco Fashion in the Park in Washington Heights: Why Eco Fashion Isn’t Just for Yuppies and Hipsters

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I can’t tell you how excited and honored I was when House of Glam was kind enough to invite us to join their Eco Fashion in the Park event at Highbridge Park in Washington Heights. So you can imagine my dismay when I told friends about it and some of them expressed their concern that people in less gentrified areas of the city may not know about eco-fashion and that our booth might be a total failure. I admit that where I live in Queens in a mostly Asian community, any mention of sustainable fashion would be met with total confusion. There are a few thrift shops, but if you tried to look for a store like Kaight where ethically made, sustainable clothing is sold exclusively, you’d have more luck finding an icicle in Hades. Still, I had a feeling that my friends were wrong about Washington Heights. First of all, they were holding an eco-fashion event there so I figured there had to be some sustainable fashion following. Secondly, it really bothered me to think that some people consider green fashion to be something that is strictly for well-to-do (and predominantly Caucasian) hipsters and yuppies. That simply isn’t the case!

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Clossette on NY1 News!

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A big electronic hug to everyone who made it out last Sunday to our Clossette pop-up swap shop at the 14th St. Y! We learned a lot, gave out a ton of (non-alcoholic) cupcakes and made a bunch of new pals. In related news, my mom texted me a few hours ago saying that she “saw her back for one second” on NY1 News. I get a lot of cryptic texts like this from her so I checked it out and lo and behold, her back (along with the rest of our pop-up booth) made a one second appearance on NY1’s coverage of the event. Albeit a humble,tiny, miniscule, lil’ snippet, it was exciting to see! Check it out the whole news story on the OPENgreenHOUSE here.

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