Wardrobe RE-Fresh

In previous Maroon Couture blog posts, I’ve spoken about the problem of textile waste and the ill effects that “fast fashion” has on the environment (see “Spring Cleaning…Sustainably”.) The way we, as a generation, can limit the amount of waste we produce individually, is by either buying quality clothing that will last longer than one season, or by upcycling our old/outdated clothes to increase their lifespan. Over the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with simple ways to redesign old clothing to make them trendier and more usable for a longer period of time. Please see some techniques and ideas below that you can use to do the same. If you don’t know how to sew, even bringing them to a tailor to enhance them can be a great investment in the environmental future of our planet. We can all do our part!

  1. ADD A TRIM:

The addition of trim such as a pom-pom, lace,

or eyelet to your older clothing can dress them up and give them a new look. You can purchase inexpensive trims at Joanne’s Fabric in Scarsdale. Only minimal amounts are needed!

  1. DRESS UP YOUR OLD FAVORITE T-SHIRT 

By cropping, adding zippers or trims, and combining t-shirts together, you can breathe new life into that old, worn t-shirt.

  1. RESTRUCTURE YOUR DENIM

By cutting up and restructuring your old denim, you can create entirely new pieces.

  1. TRANSFORM SWEATS, TIES, AND SHIRTS INTO SKIRTS

Using creativity to find a completely new purpose for certain pieces of old clothing can result in a whole new look.

These simple ideas can help you reinvent your old or outdated clothing and prevent climate change in the future!