Reinvent Your Thrifted Clothing with These Tips

Posted March 6, 2012 by in Fashion

The options for reinventing thrifted clothing are endless. The less you spend on an item, the more willing you are to experiment with it.

One of the easiest ways to make thrifted, outdated clothing more modern is to update and tweak them. It’s a great way to get into some DIY and you’ll end up with some really awesome results.

1. Take the shoulder pads out of vintage blazers. Sometimes the pad is on the outside, which is easy to cut out, but sometimes it’s on the inside. It requires a little more deconstruction, but it’s totally worth it.

Here’s a great post for inspiration: Blazer Rehab

2. Get a maxi dress or skirt hemmed to make it more modern. Even better, hem it longer in the back and shorter in the front like many of the fishtail skirts on the runway this season. Alterations aren’t to expensive. You shouldn’t have to spend more than $10 an item. Try your local dry cleaners, just shop around for the best pricing.

This is a helpful tutorial for doing it yourself: DIY Fishtail Skirt

3. Turn mom jeans into cute high waisted cutoffs by cutting off the legs. Distress them and add studs for a really fun look.

Check out this post for tips: DIY Studded Denim

4. Dye or spray paint a piece of thrifted jewelry a different color.

There are so many options for this, but here’s a good tutorial to start with: DIY Neon Jewelry

Have you altered your thrifted clothing into something wonderful? Send your results to [email protected] for a possible feature!

About the author: Natalie Garza is Broke & Chic’s resident thrift & vintage expert, and the voice behind The Closet de Natalie. She loves to mix thrifted treasures with classic wardrobe staples to create a unique style that’s all her own. Click here for more of her articles.