I have to admit that I have a ton of clothes. Not only does my wardrobe take up way more that half the closet, but I even use up all the closet space in the hall which should be reserved for guest coats etc. This of course makes me feel really guilty as I know many items I don’t even wear out of sheer boredom with them. Well, I have decided to turn a new leaf. Instead of buying more clothes, I will reinvent them. Not only is it excessive, but I probably have a good down payment for condominium in my closet.
So, I have decided to not buy anything new and just freshen up what I do have. I have taken all my broken pieces to the tailor for repair and also had them alter things which no longer fit well. For some things, I have taken matters into my own hands. Now, when I was younger and had more time I used to make my own clothes – but I no longer own a sewing machine or the time to use one. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still change clothing that I would otherwise throw away. All you need is a pair of scissors!
Have a pair of pants where the crotch seams are pulled or butt area is wearing thin? I do! And my solution (besides glut exercises) to that is to cut a hole in the crotch area and make it into a shirt. The hole is where now a neckline! I used to do this a lot during the dance years of my youth. You take a ratty pair of panty hose, cut out the crotch and the feet and you now have a skin tight shirt to wear over or under your leotard. Hell, I still do this once and a while because I find that you can wear these make shift tops under tanks or spaghetti strap dresses when the weather gets cooler. Old fish nets don’t need to go in the landfill, they make a pretty cool mesh shirt.
I also cut oversized t-shirts and sweat shirt necks (a la flashdance) too. I feel like we all receive free company shirts which we usually wouldn’t want to wear even to bed, but snip snip and you have an off the shoulder number.
I’m no fashionista, but the point of my post is that we can recycle many of items we already own. Not only will this help curb bad shopping habits (and help avoid the ever-present buyers remorse), but it also lessen the amount of waste we produce.