Whether you are simply tired of looking like everyone else, or you just want to try something new, there are many ways in which you can step away from the looks that you buy at all of the big box stores, and create something that is all your own. Sometimes the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a person is to step into a building and find out you aren’t the only one wearing that particular t-shirt or dress. But there are ways to get around this faux pas.
Instead of shopping the mall stores, or at the local mass merchant, start coming up with some new ways to wear your old clothes. You can also search out wardrobe pieces that are harder to find and won’t be as widely reproduced. Here are five excellent tips that will help you create your own unique style, from head to toe, include your accessories!
Craft Your Own Items
If you make your own clothing from scratch you will know for sure that no one else has what you have. All you really need is a dress form that can be used to create your own size of clothing. Patterns are helpful too, but not always needed. A sewing machine would be a wise investment also.
Some clothing items, like skirts, are far easier to make than others, like well fitting pants. However, if you take some time to do a little research online you can find step-by-step instructions in numerous places.
By making your own items you are not only ensuring no one dresses quite like you, but you also have the option to pick the perfect fabric, the right pattern, and make more than one of the same thing without spending that much extra money.
Upcycle The Stuff You Buy New
If you don’t yet feel confident enough to make your own clothing from scratch, you can also opt to alter the items you buy new from the store. That be be as simply as shortening a skirt, or as intricate as altering a man’s t-shirt into a woman’s dress. There are many different things you can do to change the appearance of the clothes you buy new.
Consider changing the color of something you purchase, with some clothing dye. If you bought a plain t-shirt or tank top, you might want to print of a favorite picture of piece of art onto iron on paper and iron it on the shirt. May you’re really creative and you want to spray paint some designs on your clothing using sprayable material paints.
Buy Handmade Items
If you like the look of crafty clothing and hand-crafted items, but you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you can always buy handmade items created by other people. You can find a few different website online where various creative types post their wares, which include homemade clothing and accessories.
Try Googling handmade clothing, or the specific clothing item you are looking for. Often you can find a rare gem in a seller’s personal website that isn’t available on the big selling and auction sites.
You may also want to spend some time watching for craft and art fairs in your own home town, or in the vicinity of it. You just might find the perfect unique shirt or piece of jewelry right in your own backyard, so to speak.
Vintage clothing and accessories are a great way to get a unique and fun look, and will keep you from looking the same as everyone else when you head out into public. While you may find some vintage items in pairs or duplicates, it’s far less likely.
You can find vintage items online, in resale/thrift stores, or you can check out flea markets and sometimes get a great deal on them. Vintage clothing is also a popular find in antique shops, but you may spend a little bit more on them in this type of setting.
Sticker/Paint Your Accessories
Think of things like your tablet and your phone as much like accessories as a ring and a bracelet. You can glam them up with stickers, or even some well placed paint.Turn an old vinyl purse into something new and fashionable with some spray paint made for that particular material and a sticker or two.
You can also change the look of necklaces and bracelets that you own. Add stickers to a chunky bracelet, or paint the pendant on your necklace a new color. The options are endless if you just use a little imagination and creativity.