Give old clothes a new look

I’m a pack rat, so the only time I clean out my closet is times like this, when I’m faced with moving something up a flight of stairs to a new apartment. Some of my out-of-date clothes need to be retired. Before I do that, I assess whether they can be repurposed for a newer trend.

            I have some destroyed denim pants, circa 2004, with holes in the knees. I paid way too much for them, so I’ve been hesitant to let them go. A new trend is denim shorts, so I’ll cut off the legs and wear them with tights. To avoid extra fraying, I’ll give the ends a once-over with my sewing machine.

Before: destroyed denim

Make sure to finish off the ends to avoid too much fraying.

The end result is recent comeback trend, jean shorts.

           

        I bought some black exercise tights in college years for an event, and I’ve never worn them besides the one time. I’ll layer them under shorts for a warmer workout or as leggings (the black color conceals an obvious workout pants look).

            The capris of the past few years have a dated length – usually midcalf to right below the knee, with a straight shape. Short pants in 2010 collections have two different looks: right above the knee, or tapered right below the knee. You can take your old pants to a tailor for an update, or just tuck them into knee high boots.

            If you’re nervous about revamping your clothes, pay a tailor, but reinventing your clothes yourself can be a fun project. I’d recommend buying or borrowing a small alterations sewing machine to finish new seams. DIY is cool, but you don’t want it to look sloppy.

            I wouldn’t recommend doing this for everything  -- for example, just cutting a sleeve off of an old dress won’t make it part of the one-shoulder trend – but reusing trendy clothes that already are dated will save you money on buying new soon-to-be-dated clothes. Keep your staples in tact so you can wear them longer, but be brave with formerly trendy items.

            There are some trends that you won’t be seeing again soon. I’ll be taking mine to a thrift store: a dress with a loud geometric print, wicker shoes and peasant-style dress.

            Do you have a way to transform old styles into new looks? Start a conversation here with your ideas.

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Kelly Jasper
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Kelly Jasper 01/14/10 - 12:43 pm
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Um, I seriously need to

Um, I seriously need to unfrump some cardigans. I'm thinking shorting the sleeves or adding darts. Maybe like lace or ruffle embellishments? We'll see.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 01/14/10 - 10:03 pm
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I'm going to do everyone a

I'm going to do everyone a huge favor and not do this with my jeans. My limited fashion knowledge tells me this trend is limited to the female part of the population.

Stephanie Toone
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Stephanie Toone 01/15/10 - 12:57 pm
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I want to update some

I want to update some "layering looks." I'm sure the polo/short sleve shirt with thermal is out. Got any ideas of cool, trendy ways I can use my wardrobe? I have  a couple of decent blazers, sweaters, thin long-sleeve shirts, etc.

inAUGsince1832
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inAUGsince1832 01/15/10 - 03:06 pm
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I really like your jorts!

I really like your jorts!

Sarah Day Owen
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Sarah Day Owen 01/15/10 - 03:15 pm
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@sneaker84: I love blazers

@sneaker84: I love blazers over dresses, personally. And you can wear thin long-sleeved t-shirts under most things, even blouses. Try belting your blazers or sweaters to update your look -- there should be some everywhere from Target and Walmart to boutiques.

Stephanie Toone
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Stephanie Toone 01/15/10 - 04:09 pm
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Thanks for the advice,

Thanks for the advice, ShopGirl:)

sneekypeeky
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sneekypeeky 01/15/10 - 09:59 pm
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Girls have been cutting off

Girls have been cutting off jeans for shorts for decades. Still a great idea but honestly, do you plan to wear the pair of shorts in the picture? Not much left to cover anything...

old man river
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old man river 01/23/10 - 12:32 pm
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ummmmmm....As a redblooded

ummmmmm....As a redblooded male and very single, I would have to see you in those shorts to make a more informed decision! Haha, no..you are extremely attractive and I am sure they would look great on you. I love that look on women that can pull it off but there needs to be a few rules. no MEN, no women over a certain age or size, and absolutely, positively no way should they be worn with anything other than flipflops.

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