How to Recreate Your Wardrobe

Want to turn heads? Want people to double-take when you walk into the room? Recreating your wardrobe can be a lot of fun. It challenges your creative side and refreshes your outlook, and you can do it without having to break the bank.


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    Envision a new wardrobe. Look online, through fashion magazines and observe others for certain aspects. Include layered looks and accessories as well.
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    Understand yourself. Know what colors and styles accentuate your eyes, hair, skin tone and physique. Are you comfortable in skirts or pants?
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    Understand your lifestyle. Are you working or at home most of the time? What will be easiest to maintain? Could you save money by layering summer clothes throughout the winter?
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    Sort your clothes.
    • Retain your favorite fabrics and styles.
    • Make new clothes from discarded garments. Simple patterns are readily available.
    • Make fabric accessories, such as a hair tie, braided belt, hat, scarf or mittens.
    • Embellish with lace, fabric ruffles, embroidery and beads.
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    Make a list. List all possible combinations of your present and future wardrobe. Mix and match one garment with several outfits. Wearing more than one pattern is acceptable. Keep your list handy.
    • Wear a sleeveless blouse as a vest.
    • Try a vest, shrug or bolero with a plain dress.
    • Wear a camisole or tube top beneath a colorful blouse.
    • Tie your shirt into a knot anywhere along the hemline.
    • Wrap a long scarf into your hair style.
    • Wear dangling earrings and a matching necklace.
    • Add delicate lace to the sleeves and lower hemline of a top or dress.
    • Try a decorative belt to accentuate your waistline. You could also wear a belt to create an empire waist on a dress or a longer shirt or sweater.
    • Add a colorful pocket to the back of your jeans to match a new halter top.
    • Make a new purse or tote bag from sentimental fabric.
    • Add beads to the lower hemline of a top or skirt.
    • Patch your favorite jeans for a different look.
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    Go shopping. Complete your new ideas. Try two or three garments at a time.
    • Add another long scarf and ballet flats to your wardrobe.
    • Layer two scooped necklines together.
    • Find a vest that can be worn without a blouse.
    • Add a beautiful blouse and matching sweater to your jeans.
    • Wear a sweater, with an enlarged neckline, over a halter top. Wear the enlarged neckline off your shoulder.
    • Try a long skirt with a short top.
    • Match a top and skirt, then add a contrasting vest.
    • Add a black, velvet vest to your favorite black pants.
    • Wear patterned stockings with a black dress.
    • Try a shawl in the evening.
    • Try black, navy, brown or olive rather than faded blue jeans. (Although you can't go wrong with the classic blue jean!)
    • Try Capris with a pair of boots.
    • Try a new hat and matching jacket.


  • Sheer leggings make legs appear thicker, dark leggings make them look thinner.
  • You may mix prints if you wish, as long as one of them is a bolder, bigger print, and the other is a small print.
  • For a slimming effect, wear two shades of the same color, a v-neck, empire waist or long necklace.
  • Knee-length dresses create the illusion of longer legs, but they only suit slim legs.
  • Fabric is a great resource. Intend to recycle every piece to spur your creativity.
  • Use accessories such as sunglasses or hats.
  • Recycle fabrics into household items, such as a curtain, bureau scarf, decorative mat, pillowcase, kitchen towel, cell phone case, pencil case, pincushion, makeup bag, pot holders or quilt.

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