This fall season, save a few pennies and turn a few heads by daring to DIY (do it yourself!). In honor of today’s featured Best Creative Girlfriend, we’ve taken some of this season’s hottest trends and found out how you can get the look for a lot less money and a lot more fun.
Ever notice how ripped jeans cost more than their non-ripped counterparts? Create the look for cheap by taking your comfiest, oldest pair of denim and reincarnating them as a shabby-chic destroyed pair. Place a brick, plank of wood or any other hard surface within the pants so your tears don’t break on through to the other side. Take a bladed tool, like a cheese grater or pair of scissors, and let ‘er rip. Rubbing sand paper will add even more wear and tear. Wash and dry, then rock your badass pants.
Inspiration: Blank Denim Cropped Boyfriend Jeans ($78 at Shopbop.com)
How to wear: Cuff ripped jeans and pair with a sophisticated button-down for a comfy-meets-classy look!
Tie-dye isn’t just for your kid sister’s team t-shirts anymore. It’s so cheap—all you’ll need to buy is dye. Take an old undershirt, tee or anything white (fabric headband, scarf, socks!) and dampen with a spray bottle, or soak completely and wring out. For a classic swirled design, pick up fabric in center and “swirl” it around your middle point, to create a circle. Take as many rubber bands as desired and place them around the ball of fabric. Apply dye (warning: wear gloves!) to each section, you may also leave “blank” (white) sections. Keep rubber bands banded and place in a bag or plastic wrap in a damp place for six-eight hours. When time’s up, reveal trendy tie-dye, wash (separately from everything else!) and wear all season long!
Inspiration: True Religion Rib Tank Top w/ Starburst Tie Dye ($59)
How to wear: Rock tie-dye with solids (like leggings to the gym) for a fun and bright addition, especially on a gloomy day!
This is fairly simple…take old tees and soak in a combination of water and salt (equal parts) for a few days, then wash like normal. The salt soak will cause shirts to become impeccably soft whether they’re actually old and worn in or not. Leaving tees out in the sun to fade will further the old-school style. Rubbing sand paper will increase the tee’s wear and tear appearance, too. Create a cropped style by cutting at desired length, and washing and drying so fabric naturally rolls.
Inspiration: Chaser LA Burgundy Jersey ‘USC’ Cropped Tee ($34 at Bluefly.com)
How to wear: Pair with skinny jeans for a night out, or for a real rock star-inspired get-up, pair with your ripped jeans!
GIRL TALK TIME: Have you ever made your own clothing? What trends will you try? What is your favorite thing to DIY?
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