How To Revamp Your Old Wardrobe

We all have those old, barely-used clothes lying in our closet, but that doesn't mean we should forget about them. Here are several ways to innovate your wardrobe!


The best way to go is to turn simple clothing items into something trendy or even unique. DIYs take a lot of patience, but it's worth the time and effort because you spend little to no money. For instance, you might want to create your own slip dress out of a maxi skirt that you already have as shown in this tutorial. With creativity and persistence, you can transform your old clothes into trendy pieces as far as high-waisted shorts, turban beanies, crop tops, and cut-out shirts!
Here are some useful ideas:

Old long sleeves into a knotted crop top 

This one is quite tricky and tedious, but give it a try if you're feeling crafty! Click here for a written step-by-step tutorial instead.

Basic bra into a Chiyo top knockoff

You don't need to buy an overpriced Brandy Melville bralette when you can create one yourself.

Here's a stylish spring accessory that only takes seconds to create!

Beanie into a knit turban

I was going to do my own DIY blog post on this, but I decided to put it off when I found a $3 turban at Daiso. Instead, here's the video where I got my inspiration in case you want to try it out.

T-shirts into crop tops

This doesn't need much of a demonstration. All I did here is measure how many inches I wanted off and just cut the shirts straight. 

Old knit sweaters into beanies

I remember right after I saw this video, I cut out so many of my old sweaters and turned them into beanies. I don't even know how to sew correctly, but I guess it worked! 

Upcycling old t-shirts

Fringe tanks and cut-out tops are especially suited for the upcoming seasons, so snip away!

Thrifted/mom jeans into distressed high waisted shorts

I actually created one of my favorite high waisted shorts out of a baggy pair of jeans from Goodwill. The distressing part took a while, but it came out just how I wanted as shown on the photo above.
Here are some additional links with great DIY fashion ideas:

Mix and Match
If you're too busy for DIYs or you simply don't have the patience, you can always find new and different ways to style your old clothes. For instance, here's a peek into my old wardrobe. Back in 8th grade, I collected so many graphic tees that have no use to me anymore because of my constantly evolving style, but I can always revisit them and style them in ways that would suit my current fashion sense. 
Here are a few of the many t-shirts I have hidden in my closet. Since my current style largely involves the use of outerwear, I went ahead and styled these tees with some baggy jackets and came up with three grungy outfits. I actually cut the yellow tee in the middle into a crop top because y'all know how much I love my high waisted things. If you have a collection of graphic tees or loose t-shirts, pair them up with jackets or cut them out to your liking.

Here's another set of what I used to hoard back in my middle school/early high school days - long sleeves. I have a vast collection of thermals, most of which I don't really use anymore, but there are so many new ways to style them. For the first plain white top, I just folded the sleeves and added a form-fitting collared vest for a casual business look. I love the look of long sleeves and skirts, so I paired the mustard yellow top with a basic skater skirt for a girly fall outfit. I also threw on a fringe scarf to spice it up a bit. The last top is actually a sleepwear, but you can always style one for casual or lazy days. I paired it with high-waisted cotton shorts and a striped oversized vest for a very comfortable look.

If you don't like the fit of your old jeans, cut them into your desired length. I snipped a bunch of my straight-cut jeans into shorts and added distressed details. This will save you a lot of money because most daisy dukes cost just as much as jeans, which I'll never understand.
In a nutshell, work with what you have - mix and match your old clothes with your favorite cardigans, outerwear, bottoms, or accessories. I don't know what your old clothes look like, so it's up to your judgment and eye for fashion to style them in chic, innovative ways. Ultimately, it really depends on your own fashion sense in regards to how you want to recreate your clothes. These are only a few of the countless ways you can revamp your closet. If you're going through a fashion identity crisis, I wrote a "Defining Your Style" post that might help you transform your wardrobe!

Feel free to hit up Pinterest for more incredible DIY inspirations. Good luck and have fun with your "new" clothes! Shout out to Jenna Kang for requesting this post! I'm not even sure if this is what you were looking for, but I hope it helped somehow. (:

Let me know if any of you have fashion, beauty, or whatever requests so I can help with the best of my ability!
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