Kw-logo-smaller

How to Revamp Old Clothes

The changing of the seasons doesn't mean you need to buy a whole new wardrobe. If you're too strapped for cash to invest in a new wardrobe, give your old clothes a whole new look by revamping them! Check out these creative ideas on how to look fashionably cool without draining your wallet.

Revamping Old Clothes - Sweaters

Does your dad have a big sweater hanging in his closet? If he no longer wears it, then put it to good use by chopping it off at mid-thigh level and cinching a wide belt around your waist. Now you have one of this season's trendiest outfits - a sweater dress! You can also cut the sleeves from one of his old dress shirts and sew them onto a sleeveless sweater to give it a cute but funky look!


No Sewing Required! Revamping Old Clothes - Boots

If your old boots have a tacky logo on the side, or you just want to warm up for winter, here’s an easy way to revamp your rain boots. Make a trip to your local thrift store for a cheap fur stole or coat—or pick up a cozy sweater if you’re not into fur—this will be the new trim for your boots! Cut two large size squares out of your chosen material and fit it into the boots. Make sure there’s enough material to fold over top of the boot to act as a stylish trim or to cover up any ugly, unwanted logos. You’re pretty much done but if you get annoyed having to pull on the trim like a sock each time you want to wear your boots, you might want to adhere the trim in place with a special shoe glue you can buy from any hardware store.


Revamping Old Clothes - Pants & Shorts

Turn a pair of pants into shorts by simply chopping them off at the knee to make Bermuda shorts, or higher up to make short shorts. Wear it alone while the weather is still warm, but when it gets chilly, layer it with leggings or tights.


Revamping Old Clothes - Jeans

If you're like most peeps, you own a gazillion pairs of jeans but only wear a few of them. Instead of donating them to charity, cut them into capris or skirts! To make a skirt, cut the legs off where they meet, but don't worry about cutting in a straight line. You're making a deconstructed denim mini, which means it's supposed to look unfinished. To add vintage flair, chop off the waistband, remove one of the back pockets, slit the hems or wear them down with a cheese grater. Then decorate it with costume jewelry, sequin appliques or flower patches to give it a '70s hippie look.


Revamping Old Clothes - T-Shirts

There are a ton of things you can do to revive old tees - cut off the neckline to give it an '80s feel, cut an upside down V-shape from the top of the collar to each armpit to make a halter, or chop off the sleeves for a tank. If you want to get more creative, take the sleeves that you've just cut and snip them along the seam. Sew along the raw side (the cut side) of the sleeve, but let the fabric gather so it ruffles to make a puffed sleeve. Then sew them back onto your shirt. You can also cut a T-shirt from armpit to armpit to make a tube top. Sew on a band of fabric from another shirt to the top of your new tube top to add some extra color and flair!


Create Your Own Shredded Hipster Shirt

For this look you’ll need a black, over-sized t-shirt that fits you loosely, as well as scissors and a snug-fitting t-shirt with a graphic print on the front. Take the black shirt and cut some thin rectangles in the front. Cut some rectangles straight across and some on an angle—these will be the windows that show off the graphic tee underneath. Don’t touch the graphic t-shirt—but make sure that you cut the rectangles out of the black shirt in such a way that the graphic is visible through the rectangles. Voila, you’re done! Put on the graphic t-shirt first, then throw the cut-up black shirt over top for casual street fashion look.


Related Stories:

readers voted!

Comments

bluepromo01

bluepromo01 wrote:

or me i rather donate to the foundation my old clothes in able to have some charity especially to the victims of typhoon. macy's promo code
commented: Wed Jan 08, 2014

Jayfrost23

Jayfrost23 wrote:

I love the jeans idea... have to check with my mom about that!
commented: Wed Mar 28, 2012

TheWallflower_2021369
I like some of these ideas, but i don't like cutting up my clothes. I honestly wear everything in my closet, so if i cut off a pair of jeans it would be completely obvious. Time to go thrift store shopping!
commented: Wed Feb 29, 2012

there are 16 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

Poll

Do You Revamp Your Old Clothes?

  • Yeah, it's a great way of updating old clothes!
  • I've revamped a couple of things.
  • I would... if I could sew.
  • No, I donate 'em or give 'em to my lil sis.

related stories

Micro_eco_micro
Green materials like cotton, hemp, bamboo and even recycled plastic bottles are great for the env...
Micro_springshopclosetmicro
Browse your closet to recreate this spring's hottest looks: nautical, tribal, pastels and color b...
Micro_fmicro
Fearne Cotton has been presenting television shows since she was only a teen growing up in London...
Micro_revenge is_micro
Revenge Is... pretty sweet, if you ask us! It’s actually a new fashion line made of organic cotto...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

Macbarbie09
Macbarbie09 posted in Friends:
Ok. So there's this one girl i hate at my school named Chloe. Nearly everyone of my friends hate her! She keeps on asking question and SHE IS SO ANNOYING! 
reply about 12 hours
brittany19jones
hi my name is Brittany do u want to be my friend
reply about 13 hours
Cute_Rosa456
Cute_Rosa456 posted in Friends:
okay so there is no perfect friend every body makes mistakes 
reply about 17 hours
iChocolate
iChocolate posted in Friends:
To have a real friend requires very little: A real friend is someone who knows all about you, all good and bad, but still loves you all the same.:)
reply about 17 hours
GaaraOfTheSand
GaaraOfTheSand posted in Style:
Idek
reply about 19 hours

play online games

Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

Goodgameempire-thumb

Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

Black-history-month-crossword-pre

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

Big-farm-thumb

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

Candy-cash-thumb

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...