15 DIY Fashion Pieces to Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

15 DIY Fashion Pieces to Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

With fast fashion quickly becoming one of the world’s leading contributors to climate change, lots of people are turning towards more sustainable solutions. From thrift shopping to designing your own pieces, there’s lots of ways to lower our carbon footprint with our fashion choices.

Not only is it better for our planet, but it’s a ton of fun to design and craft your own clothing and accessories. If you consider yourself to be the crafty type, read on for 15 great ideas of cool things to make at home.  Most of these can be done to upgrade an old favorite, or you can buy a cheap staple from a budget store to transform into a unique creation.

  1. Belt

    DIY belts are easy to make from scarves, rope or other soft materials. For a more advanced project, try your hand at a leather belt. If you make your own, you’ll have the perfect fit!

  2. Cuff bracelets

    These are a lot easier to make than one would think. You just need a few grommets to secure the cuffs and then you’ll be good to go! 

  3. Jean jacket

    The sky’s the limit with jean jackets. Buy some patches at a flea market, add a little glitter, find some bleach or use tie dye to make a jacket that’s completely one-of-a-kind!

  4. Distressed Jeans

    Grandma always used to joke that your jeans looked like you put holes in them. Now you can really DIY to make your own relaxed, distressed look. Grab a sharp razor (be careful!) for slight pulls or use a pair of scissors at the knee to make a small cut that will grow as you wear them out. 

  5. Plain T- Upgrade

    Got a spare black or white t-shirt lying around? You can use a pair of scissors to cut out the neckline and create a more open and abstract pattern. Fold the shirt in half so you can ensure the cut outs will be identical on both sides. As a bonus, you can grab a funky belt to wrap around and complete the look.

  6. Artsy Sneakers

    Grab a pair of pure white kicks and take a sharpie to color a patterned design around them. You could also try some outdoor paint or use spray paint for a cleaner look. 

  7. Polka Dot Pants

    Take a black or dark blue pair of jeans and buy a skinny white felt tip marker to make the long-stick polka dot pattern and voilà, what was old becomes new. 

  8. Headband

    One of the easiest and most affordable ways to make a headband is by cutting up and braiding an old t-shirt. It’s a simple 4 step weave as you can see below and fits like a glove. 

  9. Acid Wash Dress

    Nothing refreshes old denim that’s starting to fade like a little bleach and new identity as an acid wash staple to your wardrobe. All you need is a bit of bleach and imagination – splatter it around sporadically for a look like the above. 

  10. Ombre Tank Top

    Use a little tye dye and dip the shirt halfway into the pool of dye. Want to step it up a bit? Take two colors and design a fade. 

  11. Upgraded denim shorts

    Bleach half of your shorts (or the whole thing if you’re feeling bold) and make it funky with a sharpie. You can draw geometric prints to create an Aztec look, or if you’d rather add lace, cut a hole in the side so a little lace can peek out from underneath the denim. 

  12. Studded Sneakers

    Another way to glam up your shareware is with a few eyelits (gold or silver look best but diamond also works). Hot glue them to the edges of your shoes for a trendy style that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve or a music festival.

  13. Off the shoulder dress

    Take your boyfriend’s gigantic work button down shirt that he no longer wears and transform it into a cute off the shoulder dress that’s perfect for the summer and a great flirty day dress for your next date.  

  14. Crystal Ring

    So many crystal shops sell the precious gems by the dozen or individually. Get your favorite one and hot glue it to a simple ring for a DIY jewelry staple.