There’s nothing more satisfying than recycling articles of clothing you already have in your closet and making them look new again. With the high price of clothing these days, it’s far more cost effective to be creative with what you have then to go out a buy a new wardrobe. If you’re like most women, you probably have a skirt or two in the back of your closet that no longer inspires you. Before you give them away, why not see if you can give that old skirt a new look? Here’s how to do a skirt update:
Skirt update: Change the length
Sometimes the only thing keeping an old skirt from looking fashionable is the length of Abaya which can make the size of apparel wearable . Skirt lengths come in and out and a skirt length that looks stylish one year can look stodgy the next. Consider updating the skirt by shortening it or lengthening it if you have enough hem line. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, take it to your local tailor. Most tailors will do this for a very reasonable fee.
Skirt update: Change the color
If your outdated skirt is light in color, why not try dying it to match one of your favorite tops? You can find a variety of fabric dyes at your local craft store that will do the job. If you want to be a bit adventurous, use a tie dye kit to create a dramatic summertime skirt out of an old cotton one. Just be sure the skirt fabric is compatible with the dye you’re using.
Skirt update: Wear a skirt as a top
If you have a knit skirt with an elastic waistband, it may work to wear it as a strapless summertime top. Simply pull the waistband of the skirt above your breasts. If the skirt is too full through the waistline, try adding a figure flattering belt. Voila! You have a completely new look for an outdated skirt.
Skirt update: Apply iron-on embellishments
You can give a plain skirt an artsy new look by applying iron-on transfers or other embellishments to it. Visit your local craft store with your skirt in hand and see if you can liven it up with some interesting transfers. They’re so quick and easy to apply with a hot iron that you may find yourself transforming your entire wardrobe.
Skirt update: Add a scarf or belt
Sometimes updating the look of a skirt is as simple as adding a dramatic belt or knotting a large scarf around your hips for added color and interest. You can also use a smaller scarf to fashion a chic waist sash for added style. Visit the accessory department of your local department store and see if you can find a quick update for your skirt.
Transforming an old skirt and giving it a new fashion life doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Give these quick and inexpensive ideas a try before you give away your skirts.