The start of a brand new year means making those necessary style resolutions. At the beginning of the year, we pledged to “unfake" personal style, subsequent sartorial conversations will mostly be pointed in that direction. Let’s agree that this is obviously easier than other resolutions such as, to be a gym regular, eating healthy or getting a new hobby. However, how to make the transition from your current wardrobe might be a valid question to ask. Do you have to invest in a spanking new wardrobe or is it possible to make the shift without having to burn a whole in your pocket? The answer is simply 'creative recycling'. Yes, we are talking about Doing-It-Yourself. In fact, this will let you test your dexterity and will also help your 'get a new hobby' resolution too.
Identify a good tailor: Most men will probably be anxious with the mention of DIY. Maybe you’re of argument that nimble fingers are not our strong point. No worries at all! All you have to do is to identify a good neighbourhood tailor. We can all agree on the fact that there are tons of men’s tailors. You might not be comfortable getting an entire garment made from them, but you cannot deny the fact that they are your best bet for alterations.
Make bowties from ties: Start small, with accessories, to get a hang of DIY. Collect your old ties, preferably with prints and patterns on them. Wear the tie on your collar and fold the two ends in a symmetrical manner to form loops. Secure it with clips or mark the length with a chalk. Once you remove the tie from the collar, cut it. Use the remaining fabric to cinch the centre of the loops to form a bow. A couple of stitches in the corner and the centre should hold this together. You now have a funky bow-tie to wear.
Short sleeve shirts: There is no dearth of full sleeve shirts in your wardrobe. Revamp your wardrobe by cutting the sleeves to convert them into short sleeve shirts. Short sleeve shirts have an old world charm to them. Plaid and checked shirts look fabulous as a short sleeve variant. Cut the sleeve an inch below where you want the new sleeve to end. Hem the edge by folding it a couple of times. However, remember you can do this with slim fit shirts only.
Pockets: Gather some plain fabrics and some printed ones. Next step would be to identify shirts with pockets and t-shirts to which we can add new pockets. Carefully remove the pocket from an existing shirt using a sharp needle. Use the same piece of fabric as a stencil to cut out a contrasting fabric and stitch it in the place of the old pocket. Repeat this exercise with t-shirts as well and towards the end of it, you would have managed to give your old shirts and t-shirts a brand new avatar. Before stitching the new fabric as a pocket, ensure to hem its sides.
Collars and Lapels: Easiest way to transform a shirt, into a bandhgala shirt is to cut out the collars. Ideally linen and silk shirts should work best. Once the collar is removed, neatly hem the corners of the shirt. You can use a contrast fabric for piping your shirt. The piping also adds to its detailing. If you don’t want to cut out the collar, you can use a contrasting fabric to overlay on the lapels of the shirt. When you are wearing your shirt without a tie, the lapels will add an exciting twist to your regular shirts. Shirts in solid colours are ideal for this.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Use this as a base and get set to transform and personalise your wardrobe. Replace buttons from shirts, cut out your denims to convert them into shorts, make pocket squares from old silk shirts or simply add a contrasting shoe lace to your sneakers. When the goal is to unfake, the possibilities are endless.
Article By: Smrithi Rao
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Along with Vintage Obsession, where most of her encounters are documented, Smrithi Rao likes to dress well, make things with her hands, travel, eat good food and click almost everything. Discovering and sharing new projects and ideas, narrating tales about Fashion, Food, Lifestyle,Travel and Design also happens to be one of her obsessions.
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