update wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14320/all en-US 8 Cheap Ways to Update a Wardrobe You Hate http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-update-a-wardrobe-you-hate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-cheap-ways-to-update-a-wardrobe-you-hate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6962659942_41b1888027_z.jpg" alt="clothing swap" title="clothing swap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you hate your wardrobe, are sick of everything you own, and want to go shopping already, hold up! Here are eight cheap ways to update a wardrobe you hate. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-makeover-for-moms">10 Steps to Update Your Look on a Budget</a>)</p> <h3>1. Get Rid of Everything You Feel &ldquo;Meh&rdquo; About</h3> <p>Those pants that were a great deal but pinch your ankles in a slightly strange way &mdash; get them out of your closet, and stop feeling bad that you&rsquo;re not wearing them! You know that shirt that you bought from your favorite store that you <em>really want</em> to work but makes you look like you&rsquo;re built like a lumberjack? Yep, take it out of your closet too!&nbsp;</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to keep clothes just because you bought got a great deal on them. If in your gut you feel like, &ldquo;I really <em>should</em> be wearing that more...&rdquo; stop putting yourself through that agony, and let yourself get rid of it. It takes a lot of time to organize and maintain things; the less you have, the more time you give yourself.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not quite ready to part with those pieces that you really want to work, put them in a storage container for a season or two, and then see how you feel about them when you see them again. Still not ready to part? Let them sit a little longer. It will get easier, and before long you&rsquo;ll be waving goodbye to those ill-fitting items that were such a good deal.</p> <p>Wearing things that you don&rsquo;t feel your best in is a sure way to get depressed about your wardrobe quickly. When you get rid of those &ldquo;meh&rdquo; clothes, then you&rsquo;ll be left with only the clothes that you <em>do</em> feel great in. Suddenly, your wardrobe in looking better and <a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/1-tip-for-having-style-on-the-cheap/">you&rsquo;re feeling better about yourself too</a>, and all without a single penny being spent!</p> <h3>2. Trade Clothes With Your Friends</h3> <p>You know that pile of clothes you created from the first tip? While those pants might pinch your ankles in the weirdest way, they could fit your friend perfectly. You can host a large-scale formal <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">clothing swap</a> or just get some of your friends together one night and see who wants to trade what. This isn&rsquo;t just a tip for the ladies; guys can swap too! Bonus idea &mdash; have everyone bring a dessert so you don&rsquo;t have to foot the bill for the food.</p> <h3>3. Go to Buy-Sell-Trade Stores</h3> <p>If your friends don&rsquo;t want to trade clothes with you, then seek out your city&rsquo;s buy-sell-trade shops. I love Buffalo Exchange and <a href="http://ilovescout.com">Scout: Dry Goods and Trade</a>. If the store chooses to buy the items you bring in, they will give you either money (yay!) or store credit, and you can pick out something new-to-you that you truly like.</p> <p>Anything that you can&rsquo;t get rid of after the second or third trips, donate to the thrift store. Be sure to get a receipt so you can get a tax benefit at the end of the year.</p> <h3>4. Use Scarves</h3> <p>Before I was a frugal lady I used to hate this idea. I always thought, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not 70, okay?! I&rsquo;m not going to wear scarves!&rdquo;&nbsp;Turns out I was completely wrong.&nbsp;</p> <p>Scarves are easy to come by. They&rsquo;re available in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures; and they're crazy versatile. You can wrap them around your head, tie them to your bag, use them as a belt, and tie them around your neck. (You can check out more <a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/how-to-use-scarves-to-pump-up-your-style-on-the-cheap/">scarf styling ideas</a> on my website.)</p> <p>Scarves have a way of making things look just a little bit fancier. Three cheers for scarves!</p> <h3>5. Accessorize</h3> <p>You can find really <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style">cheap accessories</a> all over the place, and they can be used with a ton of different outfits to give your look a different vibe.</p> <h3>6. Re-Dye Your Clothes</h3> <p>Hit up the hobby store for a couple of packets of dye and bring new life to those old clothes. When clothes get faded from too many washes, it&rsquo;s easy to feel like they look wacky, worn-out, and old (and it&rsquo;s usually because they do!). You can re-dye your clothes the same color they originally were (I do this a lot with black cotton pants), or you can completely change the look of the item by experimenting and dyeing the item a new color (although you do have to be open-minded and ready for it to not turn out well, just in case).</p> <h3>7. Upcycle Your Clothes</h3> <p>This one might take a little practice, but check out some books from the library to get ideas about how to make the clothes you hate something you would love to wear again. Then pull out the sewing machine (or try one of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe">no-sew ways to update your wardrobe</a>), and let your inner fashion designer loose.</p> <h3>8. Enlist a Stylish Friend</h3> <p>Some people just have a knack for putting together great outfits. We all know at least one of these people! Ask them to check out your wardrobe and help you come up with some new combinations. Having a different set of eyes look at your closet and brainstorm new looks with you might just be all it takes to start feeling a lot better about your wardrobe.</p> <p><em>How do you cheaply change up your style when you&rsquo;re feeling bored with your wardrobe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anna-newell-jones">Anna Newell Jones</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-update-a-wardrobe-you-hate">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes">Guys: Upgrade Your Style Without Buying New Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit">7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style decluttering organizing your closet update wardrobe Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:36:40 +0000 Anna Newell Jones 954987 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/floor_portrait.jpg" alt="Woman in a green dress" title="Woman in a green dress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s almost time to put away the hats, gloves, and scarves and pull out the shorts, sandals, and swimsuits. Can you believe it?</p> <p>For most of us, this was the winter that wasn&rsquo;t, and I&rsquo;m especially happy about that &mdash; I hate the cold weather.</p> <p>As you switch your wardrobe from heavy to light, I hope you&rsquo;re also thinking of inexpensive (and even free) ways to give your warm-weather looks an update. If not, here are some of my tips on how to add freshness to your spring closet without sacrificing your savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-makeover-for-moms">10 Steps to&nbsp;Update Your Look on a Budget</a>)</p> <h3>1. Take Inventory and Make Decisions</h3> <p>Every spring and fall, I switch most of the contents of my closet to accommodate the season. In the fall, I put away my spring stock and bring out the sweaters and vice versa. When I&rsquo;m changing for spring, however, I have more opportunity to make new clothes out of old clothes &mdash; a luxury that I don&rsquo;t have in the fall. For instance, I clear out all my pants and decide which ones I don&rsquo;t want to wear anymore &mdash; maybe I don&rsquo;t like them as pants or perhaps they&rsquo;ve shrunk too much in the wash &mdash; and turn them into cut-off shorts. If you don&rsquo;t like the look of cut-offs, you can still turn the pants into shorts and have them tailored for a cleaner look. Whatever you prefer, this tip will save you lots of money since you won&rsquo;t have to buy new shorts.</p> <h3>2. Sell Whatever You Can&rsquo;t Upcycle</h3> <p>If you have particularly good taste in clothes and keep them in good condition, it could pay off. Instead of donating totally unwanted items to charity, list them on an auction site first; making a bit of money back is always better than giving away clothes you&rsquo;ve spent your hard-earned cash on. With the cash you get back, you don&rsquo;t have to feel so bad if you want to pick up a few new items. If you don&rsquo;t have any luck online, try a consignment shop. You may not get as much in return, but at least it&rsquo;s something.</p> <h3>3. Trade Clothes With Friends</h3> <p>If you have a friend who has a similar style and fits into the same size as you, why not have a clothes trade? You can both bring your unwanted items to the table and rummage through each other&rsquo;s belongings. This works even better if there are more than two people involved; your chances of getting great pieces is increased.</p> <h3>4. Shop Sales at the Outlets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-outlet-malls-worth-your-time">Outlet</a> prices are typically lower than their original counterparts, but if you wait until seasonal sales &mdash; like Memorial Day or Fourth of July &mdash; you can score deep discounts on already-reduced clothing. Don&rsquo;t forget to hit up the clearance rack first. I very rarely shop in the new arrivals sections, and I&rsquo;ve found some amazing pieces at way below retail.</p> <h3>5. Don&rsquo;t Forget to Score Additional Discounts</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re shopping at retail stores, keep in mind that many of them are connected to social media these days. Check <a href="https://foursquare.com/">Foursquare</a> or <a href="http://shopkick.com/">Shopkick</a> for deals, and don&rsquo;t be afraid to ask the cashier if there&rsquo;s a student or military discount if you apply; these discounts will often save you an additional 10 to 20%.</p> <h3>6. Visit Thrift Shops and Flea Markets</h3> <p>Since I was in high school, I&rsquo;ve loved thrift shopping. There&rsquo;s no telling what you&rsquo;ll find there, and it&rsquo;s all super low-priced. In addition, many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">thrift shops</a> (like Goodwill and Salvation Army) have days during the week when certain colored tags are discounted even further &mdash; as much as 75% sometimes. Flea markets are a great place to find cool pieces as well, especially since you can haggle with the seller. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to lower the initial asking price; that alone could save you a couple dollars.</p> <p><em>Do you have more frugal ways to update your wardrobe for spring? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">The 5 Best Leather Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style outlet shopping spring thrift stores update wardrobe Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:24:20 +0000 Mikey Rox 908846 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter_clothes.jpg" alt="Woman in winter clothes" title="Woman in winter clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's already time to pull the sweaters and mittens out of storage, and it's also the perfect opportunity to clean out the closets and update your winter wardrobe. Male or female, thrifty or lavish, everyone inevitably gets tired of wearing the same old coat and hat every year.</p> <p>You don't have to spend a fortune to expand your winter selection. Here are ten different ways you can be more fashionable this winter without going over your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your&nbsp;Style</a>)</p> <h3>1. Find the Best Thrift Stores</h3> <p>If you're a thrift store junkie, you probably already know the hippest spots in town. But there may be a few trendy thrift stores you haven't discovered yet. Ask around and check out the local papers for ads, or go online and do a quick search for all the cheap clothing places in town. Even an occasional trip to the stores where you haven't had much luck could prove to be fruitful. The beauty of thrift stores is that you never know what you will find. To get the most out of your second-hand shopping spree, find the places that offer the best consignment value. Most stores offer a greater value if you take the store credit as opposed to simply selling your unwanted items. If you bring in enough of what they're looking for, you may get several items to add to your winter wardrobe without having to spend much at all.</p> <h3>2. Organize a Clothing Swap</h3> <p>You won't have to spend a dime if you host a clothes-swapping soiree for your friends. You can even ask them to bring the drinks and snacks. The more people you invite, the more success you'll have; there will be a wider variety of sizes for everyone to choose from and a larger selection in general. Be sure to come up with a trading system before you invite folks over to swap their clothes with each other. Generally, people tend to work together to bargain and come up with a fair trade, but it's nice to have an overall rule about how it works. If you aren't sure what to do, ask people who've been to swaps before to help you come up with a fair system. Clothing swaps can be a lot of fun with the right mix of people.</p> <h3>3. Focus on the Classics</h3> <p>When you do find that perfect thrift store or start exchanging clothes with friends, try to pick out garments with classic styles or colors. Black clothing, for instance, can go with almost any color or print, and the more basic colors you own, the more you can switch things up instead of wearing the same outfit all the time. Choosing the leopard print over the solid navy shirt may be a fun and spontaneous, but it will get old quicker than you think. Having more of the classics in your winter clothing collection also makes it easier to layer.</p> <h3>4. Make Simple Alterations</h3> <p>Even the most classic styles and colors will eventually get less and less wear. Any item of clothing starts to look drab if it's been hanging in the closet long enough. You don't have to own a sewing machine to make small alterations to your garments. Simply cutting the collar off a shirt to give it a new look, or dying your clothes a different color can be a cheap and easy way to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe">spiff up the clothes you already own</a>.</p> <h3>5. Add Versatile Accessories</h3> <p>From belts to jewelry, there are plenty of accessories for both men and women to add some bling to your winter wear. And you can always find cheap accessories in good condition at thrift stores, since people typically overlook those items. Check out sales at larger department stores as well, since they will always need to make room for the next trend. Try to look for versatile colors and a mix of dressy and casual. Don't forget the shoes! A pair of kicking bargain boots can do wonders to your look.</p> <h3>6. Layer Everything</h3> <p>Wearing layers not only keeps you warmer in the winter, but it can also be a way to add some variety to your clothes. You can even use items that you already have in new ways. Wearing a dressy blazer or formal jacket with jeans is one way to mix your dressy and casual clothing together to create a new look. If you have a lot of solid colors in your winter wardrobe, layering will be easy and give you tons of combinations to experiment with.</p> <h3>7. Add Some Neckwear</h3> <p>Scarves, shawls, and neckties come in a wide variety of styles and colors, and you can usually find these at decent prices if you know where to look. Stores like T.J. Maxx often sell these items at very low prices, so don't forget to check out some of the box stores. In addition to keeping you warmer in the winter, scarves are extremely versatile, and make anything you wear stand out. Neckties make interesting belts as well. Look for the ragged ones at thrift stores; they will be dirt cheap, and you can hide the wear and tear if you wear them around your waist instead of your neck.</p> <h3>8. Glean From Fashion Mags</h3> <p>Not sure what to do with your wardrobe, or where to even start? Browse some popular fashion magazines, or scan through the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/fashion/index.html">fashion section</a> in newspapers to get some ideas before you start shopping around or trading in that sweater you thought you'd never wear again. There may be something you can do with the items you already have that you hadn't thought of. Checking out the fashion world can give you a better idea of what to look for when you shop, which helps when you are on a tight budget.</p> <h3>9. Start a New Trend</h3> <p>Not worried about the latest in fashion news? Why not start your own trend &mdash; they have to start somewhere, right? Create your own style by coming up with inventive ways to wear your clothes, or try wearing something totally out of character, like a feather boa, goofy leggings, suspenders, a bow tie, or whatever makes you smile when you get dressed in the morning.</p> <h3>10. Go Zen On Your Garb</h3> <p>No matter how much we want to trade in our old duds for new ones, some of us just have a hard time letting go of our clothes. Even if we haven't worn a particular item in ten years, we hang on to it, truly believing that one day we will love it and wear it all the time (you know who you are). Before you start trading or buying clothes, take out each item in your closet, one at a time, and take a few minutes to truly think about whether you need it. You can even start jotting down some notes stating on why or why not it should stay or go. This also gives you an opportunity to catalog your entire <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-wardrobe-basics-for-women-that-are-worth-investing-in">wardrobe</a>. Sometimes it's easier to see exactly what you have when it's on paper. Knowing what you have to start with will ultimately help you make smarter and more frugal choices when updating your winter wardrobe.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-update-a-wardrobe-you-hate">8 Cheap Ways to Update a Wardrobe You Hate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes">Guys: Upgrade Your Style Without Buying New Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit">7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less">The Greatest Frugal Fashion Makeover Ever: Refresh Your Wardrobe for $25 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style classic clothing update wardrobe winter Fri, 11 Nov 2011 10:24:55 +0000 Ashley Watson 778261 at http://www.wisebread.com Guys: Upgrade Your Style Without Buying New Clothes http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_with_ties.jpg" alt="Man posing in ties" title="Man posing in ties" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Guys, smarter style doesn&rsquo;t have to mean bigger bucks. If you have a basic wardrobe with good casual and dress options, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to bump up the style of what you already own. Since most guys get lost in the details of dressing well &mdash; not understanding the proper fit, care, or pairing of clothes &mdash; just refining what&rsquo;s already in your closet can make all the difference. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own">Wardrobe Staples Every&nbsp;Man Should Own</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pant Length</h2> <p>I mention pant length first because it may be the singularly greatest drag on good style today. Who decided men&rsquo;s pants should compete with the Swiffer&trade;? Pant length is not a detail that can be skipped if the waist fits right. Unless you&rsquo;re the star of a reality show on the &ldquo;Shore&rdquo; of the East Coast, don&rsquo;t let your pants drag the floor. Though there&rsquo;s room for some variation for personal preference, pants are usually cut with either a full break or short break:</p> <h4>Full Break</h4> <p>The full break creates a deep horizontal crease along the front the pant and is usually reserved for taller men. With a full break, the bottom hem of the pants should land midway at shoe&rsquo;s heel when you&rsquo;re standing.</p> <h4>Short Break</h4> <p>With no crease in the pant leg, short break pants are best on slimmer guys. Your tailor will achieve this look by altering the bottom hem to land just above the top of the shoe.</p> <p>Shortening pants is a quick and relatively inexpensive endeavor. Toss those floor dusters in a bag and head to a tailor &mdash; a fast fit-and-fix will have you looking more stylish in no time. Just remember two things: First, bring along the shoes you plan on wearing with each pair of pants you&rsquo;re having altered &mdash; it will help the tailor gauge the proper length. Second, if you&rsquo;re having jeans shortened, make sure your tailor will use matching-colored thread on the bottom hem so the alteration will not be obvious.</p> <h2>2. Blazers and Coats</h2> <p>For blazers, coats, and jackets, make sure you&rsquo;ve got a proper fit through the shoulders and in the sleeve length. Though coats can have a bit more room, generally speaking, shoulder seams should hit right at the outer edge of the shoulder and the bottom hem of the sleeve should hit just slightly below the wrist. Again, a trip to the tailor can fix these very common issues. Even the sleeves of leather coats can be adjusted.</p> <h2>3. Tie Length</h2> <p><b><span> </span></b>Ties come in two sizes &mdash; regular and extra long. Regular-sized ties are usually 54-57&rdquo; long. Extra long ties are typically around 62&rdquo;. Unless you&rsquo;re a bigger guy and have trouble getting your necktie to hang long enough to touch the top of your belt buckle, a standard-length should work. Again, the bottom point of a properly tied tie should brush the top of your belt buckle &mdash; and tucking a tie into your waistband is never okay.</p> <h2>4. Socks</h2> <p>Maybe I travel in odd social circles, but I&rsquo;m seeing more and more guys wearing white tube socks with casual and dress pants. But beyond this obvious faux-pas, what are rules for socks?</p> <ol> <li>Dress shoes require dress socks. There&rsquo;s just no getting around it. Those black sport socks aren&rsquo;t fooling anybody either.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Match your socks to your pants, not to your shoes &mdash; it will make your legs look longer when you sit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Novelty socks or holiday socks are great &mdash; at home.</li> </ol> <h2>5. Shoe Polish</h2> <p>What&rsquo;s happened to all the shoe shine kits? Men of just a generation ago had enough cans of colored polish, mink oil, rags, and brushes that they could remake any shoe. Maybe proper shoe care has become a casualty of our disposable culture or our hyper-busy lives. Whatever the reason, let&rsquo;s bring back the humble shoe shine kit. My dad would always add just a bit of water to the rag he used to shine his shoes &mdash; it helped the paste spread and be absorbed more easily. Then, he&rsquo;d rub off the excess and polish vigorously with a soft-bristled horsehair brush. You&rsquo;ll be amazed how a 10 minute shine can turn a bad shoe into a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">rad shoe</a>.</p> <h2>6. Bleach</h2> <p>As long as we&rsquo;re talking about details, remember &mdash; good style doesn&rsquo;t stop at the first layer. Guys, grab a bottle of bleach (it&rsquo;s cheap) and learn how to use it. Bleaching can revitalize underclothes and sports attire and keep your whites crisp and clean. Bleach should always be diluted with water (use hot water for best results) and never poured directly on clothes. A good rule of thumb is one cup bleach for every quart of water.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s it &mdash; GQ style without all the G&rsquo;s. What are some other ways you optimize what&rsquo;s already in your closet? What are the simple secrets to good style you&rsquo;ve learned over the years and would like to pass along to others?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer">10 Ways to Make Your Shoes Last Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-update-a-wardrobe-you-hate">8 Cheap Ways to Update a Wardrobe You Hate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style men's style shoes update wardrobe Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:24:24 +0000 Kentin Waits 707141 at http://www.wisebread.com No-Sew Ways to Update Your Wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stencil.jpg" alt="Man stenciling on shirts" title="Man stenciling on shirts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many ways to update old articles of clothing that don&rsquo;t involve sewing machines. For those of us who can&rsquo;t tell a bobbin from our backsides, here are some easy, cheap ideas for bringing your old clothes back to life.</p> <p>First, a couple of quick notes about the methods here &mdash; you shouldn&rsquo;t try any of these out on an otherwise respectable piece of clothing that you like and wear all the time, and you certainly shouldn't attempt on very expensive clothing. If you&rsquo;ve never bleached or shredded a pair of jeans before, you might want to have a couple of practice rounds on a pair of jeans that are otherwise unwearable or destined for the dust bin. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-five-things-to-do-with-old-jeans">25 Things to Do With Old Jeans</a>)</p> <p>Another quick note &mdash; some of the alterations in this article can make clothing harder to care for or require more delicate laundering methods. If you don&rsquo;t have the patience for such things, then you probably don&rsquo;t want to spend time shredding your t-shirt into a fine mesh.</p> <p>Lastly, many of these DIY pieces are trendy and/or eye-catching, so if your style is more classic and conservative, they might not be up your fashion alley. It never hurts to give it a try, though.</p> <h2>Crop</h2> <p>Turning a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdrgcIqcanA">t-shirt into a crop-top</a> or making jeans into cutoff shorts are such easy tasks that we&rsquo;ve all done them before (probably in 1985, but hey, the 80s are back in fashion). The benefit to DIY cropping is that it&rsquo;s cheap and eco-friendly. Why pay for a pair of cut-off shorts when you can turn an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxMFq8xp2Ts">old pair of jeans into shorts</a> for free?</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have any jeans that you wish to sacrifice, but you <em>really</em> want a pair of cut-off shorts, head to your local Goodwill where you&rsquo;ll find jeans for under $10 that can be cut as short as you like. If you&rsquo;re lucky, you might come across a pair of high-waisted jeans, which are apparently all the rage this season among serious fashionistas.</p> <p>There are <a href="http://diyfashion.about.com/od/nosewprojects/NoSew_DIY_Fashion_Projects.htm">tons of things</a> you can make using various cropping methods &mdash; want some <a href="http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diyaccessories/ss/SleeveGloves.htm">fingerless gloves</a>? <a href="http://www.5min.com/Video/Make-Legwarmers--Warm-Hat-Out-of-a-Sweater-88792608">Leg warmers</a>?</p> <h2>Shred/Slash</h2> <p>If your t-shirt already has holes in it, you might as well <a href="http://honestlywtf.com/diy/shredding-diy-2/">shred it</a> and turn it into a punk rock item of hotness. Threadbanger offers a tutorial for <a href="http://www.threadbanger.com/secretlife/episode/SLB_20100805/t-shirt-reconstruction-how-to-resize-your-shirt-and-how-to-give-it-a-braiding-effect-secret-life-of-a-bio-nerd">creating a built-in fabric braid</a> diagonally across a t-shirt (start the video at 3:15 to see the shredding and braiding; the first part of the video deals with re-sizing a too-big t-shirt).</p> <p>Shredded t-shirts go well with undershirts, and Generation T shows you how to <a href="http://www.generation-t.com/t-shirt-projects/i-love-to-create-slashed-peekaboo-t-shirt/">shred a shirt</a> and combine with a painted undershirt for a peekaboo look that&rsquo;s rocks without necessitating a nip-slip.</p> <p>For a t-shirt that is finely shredded, you&rsquo;ll want to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFkQgc6sERs&amp;feature=related">view the tutorial from Salina Bear</a>. It&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">work you can do while watching TV</a>, because it takes forever. If you are planning on attending a Poison Concert, Heavy Mental teaches you how to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsesXTShep8&amp;feature=related">create a laddered t-shirt</a>. You can even <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPSdWrPfq4&amp;feature=fvwrel">braid a totally shredded t-shirt</a> if you are interested in showing more skin than you ever thought possible while still technically being clothed.</p> <h2>Bleach/Color</h2> <p>Bleaching is one of those fantastic DIY options that waxes and wanes with clothing trends, but it&rsquo;s back now in abundance.</p> <p>You can bleach portions of a garment or an entire item of clothing. I find denim rather hard to bleach evenly, and have had better luck painting bleach onto clothing in specific patterns and designs. Many people swear by washing your dyed clothing in vinegar afterward to set the dye (I&rsquo;ve heard the same tip for preserving bright hair color, as well).</p> <h4>Ombre</h4> <p>If you&rsquo;ve never heard of the term &ldquo;ombre&rdquo; before (or have, but never knew what it meant), here&rsquo;s a quick definition: Ombre, French for &ldquo;shadow,&rdquo; also refers to a style of fabric coloration in which one color fades gradually into another. Any color gradient is possible, although ombre seems to imply a darker color seeping into (or out of) a lighter one.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a photo of <a href="http://www.denimology.com/2009/08/sienna_miller_in_j_brand_ombre_jeans.php">Sienna Miller in ombre jeans</a>. See? You&rsquo;ve seen the style before. Here&rsquo;s a gorgeous example of a <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/77367099/uye-surana-collection-cecilia-free-flow?ref=v1_other_2">dress with an ombre</a> dip-dye effect from Etsy.</p> <p>You can <a href="http://voguishdoodles.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-doodle-it-yourself-ombre-denim.html">get the ombre look</a> from <a href="http://www.whowhatwear.com/website/full-article/do-it-yourself-dipdye-jeans/">dark clothing using bleach</a> or <a href="http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod9520034&amp;parentId=cat17101">dip-dye a lighter item of clothing</a> using cloth dye, like Rit. I achieved a blue ombre t-shirt by lowering the upper half of a shirt into a bucket of Rit dye and leaving it there overnight &mdash; the color gradually seeped up another few inches on the shirt, leaving a nice gradient blue color that faded into white at the bottom of the shirt.</p> <h4>All Over Color</h4> <p>Trends in denim color change every few years &mdash; back in 2001, no one would have dreamed of wearing acid-washed jeans, but in 2011, they are back with a vengeance. Dark denim is still popular, as are black and gray washes. If you have a pair of jeans or a jacket that you want to update, you can do so simply and cheaply with <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_4412325_redye-jeans.html">fabric dye like RIT</a>.</p> <p>If you are looking to age a pair of too-new jeans, the jeaniouses (see what I did there?) at Threadheads have a tutorial for <a href="http://www.howcast.com/videos/1064-How-To-Dye-Jeans-With-Coffee">adding a vintage, distressed look to your denim</a> that involves using coffee grounds and a cheese grater. You could also use <a href="http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/2010/09/tea-dying-fabrics/">tea staining for a vintage fabric look</a> &mdash; it&rsquo;s a trick often used by quilters to give new material a more burnished appearance.</p> <h4>Tie-Dye</h4> <p>A favorite project for many a disillusioned teenager, tie-dye is an age old art that can be completed in any number of patterns. Watch this <a href="http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-bleach-tie-dye/">super-easy tie-dye bleach tutorial </a>from Serious WTF that turns a simple black shirt into an awesome article of style.</p> <h2>Spray Paint</h2> <p>Using either regular spray paint or specialized fabric paint, you can use your clothes as a canvas for an amazing array of freehand or stenciled designs. Check out the <a href="http://www.generation-t.com/t-shirt-projects/i-love-to-create-spray-4-ways/">stenciled cotton dresses</a> from among the crafty T-shirt projects from Generation T. If you have a pattern that you can paint and press onto fabric, you can create funky, wrinkled variations of that <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj0NN0Q-qP8">pattern using regular spray paint</a>, almost like screen printing, as shown in this tutorial by Fashion Enemy.</p> <p>Spray paint is also a fantastic way to update metal jewelry like cheap dangly earrings or brass bangles.</p> <h2>Paint/Draw</h2> <p>Color blocking is a huge trend right now, along with ombre pieces, so it&rsquo;s hard to go wrong in adding big blasts of color to pieces in your wardrobe. One of my favorite examples is the color blocking performed by the brilliant creators of Honestly WTF, who <a href="http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-color-block-moccasins/">painted a pair of moccasins</a> with pastel colors. You don&rsquo;t have to stop at simple colors, of course &mdash; you can draw or <a href="http://store.derangeddesigns.com/nosewdiy.html">paint any design</a> on a shoe, shirt, skirt, bag, or anything with enough space to accommodate your style. One of my craftier friends bought a pair of beige canvas shoes at WalMart and added a significant cool factor by coloring the straps with markers in colorful abstract geometric shapes. I honestly thought she had bought a pair of designer shoes until she clued me in.</p> <h2>Fabric-ate</h2> <p>OK, so it does involve a needle and threat of sorts, but it&rsquo;s not really &ldquo;sewing&rdquo; per se. To add interesting texture and dimension to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">t-shirt</a>, pair of jeans, or any article of boring clothing, buy a skein of soft-but-interesting yarn and thread it through a garment in a pattern. You can do the same with small (or even large) strips of different colored fabric by making small slices in your clothing with an X-Acto knife or scissors and threading the fabric through. Secure the ends of the fabric strips or yarn using small stitches (a needle and thread).</p> <p><em>What kinds of DIY projects do you use to update old clothing items? Share your tips in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-use-your-outdoor-furniture-inside">5 Reasons to Use Your Outdoor Furniture -– Inside</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">20 Great, Free Gift Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Lifestyle arts and crafts budget wardrobe clothing update wardrobe Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:24:22 +0000 Andrea Karim 619528 at http://www.wisebread.com