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Revamping Your Wardrobe on a Budget

by Eugene Martelar

Come the springtime families all over the country set to cleaning their homes. The spring clean out often includes our wardrobes and this means the annual cull of outmoded fashions. Those clothes that are now out of style, that don't fit anymore or are wearing out need to go. Charity agencies and Goodwill always appreciate still decent clothes, but at times our own budget means we won't be able to replace the clothes would like to pass on.

At times like this we have to find ways to restore the clothes in our wardrobe whilst at the same time getting rid of those which are past their best. Some of the more creative amongst us can use these old clothes in arts and crafts. Many clothes can be cut up into different sizes and used for various things - sewing for example, or to cover photo albums or other books and files.

Clothing which is still okay, but a bit jaded, can be brought back to life with a little decoration - colorful patches and applique work, simple beads and so on. Any damaged or badly marked areas can be fixed up with a good-looking patch. Outfits that are old can sometimes relive their youth with the clever addition of studs, rhinestones, beads and colored costume jewelry of all sorts. A nice way to give a great overall effect is to change any buttons to a match any other new additions you've made.

Any other swatches of clothing that remain in a good state can be used in the family room, bedroom or any other room as a motif. If you're particularly fond of an item but it's past it's best for wearing, then it's a good idea to use the material to make covers for throw pillows. Just like you would enliven an outfit by using pearls, buttons or other decorative items, you can use buttons, lace and pearls to liven up cushions.

When holiday time comes around your rejected clothing can have a new life as a hand made gift. You can't go wrong because gifts that are homemade are personal and tend to give a lot of joy. What's more, from a practical point of view, it's a great moneysaver.

If all else fails and you don't care for adding adornments to old clothing, but you can't afford to buy something new to go with that nice pair of slacks that you got for your birthday, try dying an old shirt that isn't too worn, in order to create a nice new outfit. You'll have a new addition to your wardrobe, and won't have spent any more than the price of a box of dye.


Eugene Martelar is the owner of FRP

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