Whether you’ve received some ill-fitting clothes for Christmas or Hanukkah with no gift receipt, or you’re just excited to kick off the new year with a purge of old clothes, it’s likely you have some clothes on your hands that don’t fit you very well.
Don’t resign yourself to an overcrowded closet or wearing unflattering clothes, though. Whether you’re an expert seamstress or a dud at DIY, or even if you just want to make some extra cash, here are seven easy and creative ways to reuse these clothes.
1. Reuse old t-shirts to make pillows
Our favorite thing about old t-shirts is how soft they are — why not put that to good use by making them into pillows? Just cut off the sleeves, fill them with pillow stuffing, and sew up the bottom. If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, you can even duct tape the opening for a quick fix. Pillow stuffing is cheap to buy online or at most craft stores, or if you’re trying to get rid of even more t-shirts, you can stuff your t-shirt pillow with more rolled-up t-shirts.Bonus: if pillows aren’t really your thing, consider making a quilt!
Quilts are great for using up
The manner in which men dress has been common fodder for sitcoms for quite some time now. From Tim Taylor’s “Suit in a Bag” to Barney Stinson’s never-ending “Suit Up” sessions, men are seemingly always coming under fire to making odd fashion choices.
While these faux pas are good for a laugh while watching TV, you never want to be caught on the receiving end of such laughter in the real world. No matter if you’re attending a fancy dinner or simply going to the store for some bread and milk, you should always pay close attention to what you’re wearing, and what it says about you to a passersby.
1. Not Adhering to a Dress Code
This is number one when it comes to men’s fashion faux pas. Dress codes are not a suggestion – they are a requirement. From streetwear to black tie, you should always know exactly how you’re expected to be dressed whenever you leave your home.
You should never take liberties when it comes to a dress code – especially in your workplace. For example, if your office requires smart casual with a tie, you better make sure you have a tie on at all times. You might
We’re a world of shoppers. We like to keep up with the latest trends. But do we ever really think about what damage our shopping habits are having on the planet? Do we ever stop to think how buying that $10 dollar t shirt has affected the person making it? We’ve become accustomed to fast fashion that’s extremely accessible and cheap. But it comes at such a greater cost to others. Think of who made that shirt, how much they were paid, and their working conditions. It’s a subject we simply cannot ignore any longer.
But things are changing. Slowly but surely. There’s a load of amazing fashion brands out there that are upping their game and helping to change the face of fashion. These are the brands that value sustainability, ethics and helping others as their main ethos. Whether it be through sourcing sustainable materials or donating profits to charity, these brands are making changes. So next time you go shopping for a new tee, pair of glasses or even shoes, check out these amazing companies that are giving back:
1. Ivory Ella
Ivory Ella is a fashion brand which donates a portion of their profits to help the elephants. 10%
Just over a month ago, I ran into a friend at a CES event. While I see this friend around town once in a while, this was the first time I’d seen him in a non-casual setting since Blogworld 4 months earlier. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, he asked me an odd question: “Is this like your conference party outfit?”
Indeed, I was wearing the exact same clothes I’d worn to the event four months earlier. Since he doesn’t usually see me dressed up, it stood out enough for him to remember. But that’s not the real point, here; the real point is that I have few clothes suitable for “adult” gatherings.
I have a suit, of course, for weddings and funerals. (I haven’t had a job interview in 9 years, but if I did, it would be suitable for that, too.) And I have my day-to-day clothes, which aren’t awful but which aren’t anything to brag about, either. Functional casual, basically: jeans and khakis, an assortment of button-front shirts, some cotton sweaters.
As a college professor, there’s not a lot of pressure on me to dress up. If anything, it’s just the opposite. For one thing, I interact regularly with younger people,
The most basic and most worn piece of clothing in a man’s wardrobe is surely a pair of blue denim jeans. Its popularity is because of its comfort, style and colour. The number of outfits that can be worn with a pair of jeans is infinite, which is why it is also the most versatile piece in the wardrobe too.
A pair of denim jeans can be worn in so many different ways that most outfits are incomplete without it. Whenever you run out of options, a pair of denims is the only thing you can fall back on and it will never fail to impress. Having said a lot about the popularity of blue jeans, it is only right that we tell you how it is a must-have for most outfits.
Top Outfits That Are Incomplete With A Pair Of Denim Jeans
1. Plain White T-shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
2. Green Half-Sleeved Henley + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
3. Black Polo T-shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Formal Shoes
4. Navy Blue Henley T-shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
5. Grey T-shirt + Waistcoat + Blue Denim Jeans + Burgundy Formal Shoes
6. Plain White T-shirt + Checked
The summer season is slowly coming to an end. However, that doesn’t mean you should store your warm-weather essentials just yet—some of your favorite staples can seamlessly transition from summer to fall. To that end, we picked out three of our favorite pieces from the closing season—the slip dress, T-shirt, and printed skirt—and asked Jodi Arnold, Eloquii’s creative director, to share her expert tips on what we should buy for fall to mix with these lightweight faves.
1. ADD ANOTHER LAYER TO YOUR SLIP DRESS
We love the stark contrast of a lightweight slip dress paired with a warm separate. Arnold suggests layering a fine gauge turtleneck under your dress. For an alternative look, layer the sweater over the dress for a sweater-and-skirt look.
2. TOUGHEN UP YOUR T-SHIRT
A T-shirt is a classic that will forever be a year-round staple. The possibilities are endless but for a perfect fall look, Arnold suggests mixing the casual with the luxe. “Try knotting the tee at the waist and drape a cropped moto jacket over your shoulders,” she says. “Pair with a skirt that either hits at or just below the knee.”
3. ADD TEXTURE TO A PRINTED SKIRT
Whether your summer print of choice
Nothing to wear to work? Never again. To create the perfect 9-to-5 wardrobe, we assumed the role of sartorial scientists and grouped all workwear essentials by category before setting out to figure out exactly how much real estate they should take up in your closet. Behold, a percent-by-percent breakdown of everything you need. We suggest investing in a healthy balance of office-friendly staples and building that up with layering pieces and style statements, so that you’ll get out the door in minimal time with maximum polish. Study up on each category and scroll through to shop out your dream work wardrobe.
20% OF YOUR WORK WARDROBE: STYLE STATEMENTS
Dressing for a job doesn’t mean you have to leave your fashion savvy at home. Your outfit is an integral part of your professional brand, and mixing in a few personality-packed pieces not only will make you feel more like yourself but also can make a distinct impression. The trick is to strike a balance that says you’re uniquely chic but doesn’t provoke side-eye from your boss. Classics with a twist never fail—think a new silhouette in the form of an asymmetric skirt, or a classic blazer made a bit less conservative with
Let’s just get this out of the way: Yes, Pretty Woman featured Julia Roberts working the corners of Hollywood Boulevard in a pair over-the-knee boots with a skintight cut-out dress and, no, we don’t endorse trying the same ensemble beyond Halloween. But after logging several, infinitely more respectable years on the runway and street style scene, the thigh high design has clearly redeemed itself. Where pre-Rodeo Drive makeover Vivian gave you one bad way to wear it, fashion can offer up dozens of chic and sophisticated alternatives.
Our favorite option of the moment? Teaming super tall footwear with skirts of all lengths (even short ones—more on that below!) in lieu of tights, especially when the two pieces contrast in an interesting way. Think of a lace and embroidery-clad Cara Delevingne on her Suicide Squad tour, her famously long stems encased in black suede, or Selena Gomez in March of 2015, who updated the old school denim mini by swathing two thirds or her legs in stretchy black fabric. Now it’s your turn to get in on the action! Scroll down for 6 skirt and over-the-knee boot formulas that feel so right now.
1. H&M SKIRT & SCHUTZ BOOTS
Making this combo work
In the battle to win the hearts, minds, and dollars of fashion insiders (and their notoriously short attention spans), Alessandro Michele of Gucci has found a worthy rival after seasons of standing solo in the spotlight—Demna Gvasalia, who, until his recent appointment as creative director of Balenciaga, was still relatively unknown in mainstream fashion. But on the streetwear scene, he had already made quite a name for himself in the last three years, with the launch of his and his brother Guram’s very buzzy Paris-based brand Vetements, which has not only earned the endorsement of Yeezus himself, but has become something of a status symbol of cool.
But to say Vetements is a “hypebeast-esque, streetwear brand” doesn’t quite cut it. Gvasalia has carved out a new category that’s a little androgynous, that pushes the envelope in a way that piques the interest of even the most jaded editor (aka industry veterans who have seen it all—trends, both the original and the remakes), yet doesn’t fall back on the more-is-more maximalist approach. The Vetements girl (or boy or whatever) wears outsize silhouettes—comically large, intentionally disproportionate shirts, boxy outerwear, extra-long hoodies—that’s boldly unapologetic in its untailored tailoring, without compromising magnetism.
Unfortunately for us, and
Labor Day weekend is a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, it unofficially, heartbreakingly marks the end of summer—the end of sunshine, the end of rosé (or frosé) season, the end of wearing cut-offs with carefree abandon, and so on. On the other hand, we get a bonus day! A three-day break without any obligations! (Unless, that is, you have a wedding to attend, then we’re sorry.)
But for the rest of you—the unburdened folk, whose plans are to roll with whatever the weekend throws at you and to take advantage of everything that summer has to offer (even if you are in denial about autumn’s arrival)—the last thing that you want to stand between you and fun is figuring out what to wear. Ugh, talk about an instant buzzkill. To minimize time spent indoors and maximize everything else, we did you a solid and pieced together five outfits for any activity that may happen your way. Looking to practice your serve? Rival Serena Williams’ style with a hit of on-court tennis fashion. Or, got an invite to an impromptu bar crawl? A sexy off-shoulder top and walkable block-sandals are for you.
Treat this weekend as your last summer fashion hurrah,
“Does this spark joy?” That’s the question author and tidying queen Marie Kondo wants us to ask ourselves when we want to declutter and purge our closets, and better our lives. No offense to the organizational guru, but when it comes to the foundation of our wardrobes, the very pieces that have made what our closets are today, there is an exception to that rule, and it’s: If you’re paralyzed by indecision on something that falls on this list, we beg of you, don’t toss it in the donation pile.
Because obviously, a black pencil skirt isn’t going to stir up the same kind of happiness as a colorful tassel-tastic caftan that reminds you of sipping pina coladas on the beach. As it shouldn’t, but as boring as that black pencil is, it’s one of those wear-forever staples that remain a constant in your life, despite fashion’s revolving door of trends. And much like a reliable BFF, these oldies-but-goodies see you through both the good days (when you’re feeling creatively inspired to ‘breathe new life’ into said pencil skirt) and the bad (stuck in a style rut? Meh, a shirt and a pencil skirt will do).
Basically, all we’re trying to say
If you asked me to speak on silk camisoles two years ago, I’d have painted a bejeweled, over-tanned tale of the early aughts. It would start with the ladies of Laguna Beach (those innocent days when, siiigh, people still associated Speidi with the superhero), wearing the cut extra long with flared jeans and flip-flops, and veer to peak-O.C. Misha Barton in a newsboy cap. There’d be a few mentions of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan clubbing—a hot pink bra peeking beneath their dangerously low necklines—before declaring satin-y spaghetti strap tops over, done, dead.
But the style’s real glory days? Turns out those were yet to come. The coolest of cool girls have been revamping the dated design’s image this summer and, indeed, even this former naysayer likes what she sees. To wit: Emily Ratajkowski, spotted effortlessly balancing the sex appeal of a slinky negligee top with stiff and faded ‘90s-style jeans last spring, and the chic come hitherness of the Hadid sisters’ go-to cami/choker formula. Factor in Kendall Jenner, elevating a lace-trimmed yellow number from Gucci with a black mini skirt and matching booties on Jimmy Kimmel, and suddenly the recycled trend feels totally new.
Let’s make sure the rest of our
When you spend as much time style-stalking celebrities as we do, you start to take note of a few of their fashion habits, like slicing cut-offs at an alarmingly short length during peak it’s-too-hot-to-care summer temps or throwing a bomber jacket over anything, including post-gym looks, at the first sign of cold weather. While too-short shorts might be something that doesn’t translate as well on regular humans, this badass bomber jacket-layering trick to cool-ify any outfit is one that we can definitely get behind.
And since it looks as though the utiltarian trend is in for another strong season, we’re not going to settle for just any bomber jacket—we have every intention to slip on the bombers that are personal faves of today’s squad of It girls, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kate Bosworth, and Olivia Palermo. We did some serious Internet sleuthing, gathered insider intel, and located the exact pieces that our famous friends love during their off-duty days. Arm yourself with your credit card and get ready to ‘add to cart’—just in time for transitional weather.
1. GIGI HADID
Throw a quilted bomber in a traffic-stopping shade to turn your post-gym look into an athleisure-chic outfit. Gigi Hadid wore a
Borrowing from the boys is not, by any means, an original concept, especially not since Diane Keaton made it effortlessly cool in Annie Hall or every time a French girl would drape her boyfriend’s blazer over her shoulders or clasp her father’s watch around her wrist. And these days, menswear, womenswear—it’s all one giant blur in today’s gender-fluid, free-for-all, androgyny-happy society. Yet, there’s still something to be said about the quintessential girl-boy pairing of all time: a pretty, flirty dress anchored by a pair of I-mean-business brogues.
It’s a classic combo so maddeningly simple, it’s no wonder it continues to prevail, regardless of season, year, or what’s “on-trend.” It achieves the same effect as throwing on a leather jacket to toughen up a delicate top or gripping a briefcase-like purse to add structure to a soft silhouette, but stepping into wingtip brogues or two-tone Oxfords brings a degree of versatility and functionality that the others lack. Versatile, in that, as Victoria Beckham pointed out to us on her fall/winter 2016 runway, menswear-inspired brogues can complement a look as formal as an evening dress or as casual as sporty separates (pictured, above). And functional, in the sense that your feet won’t turn
The advent of street style has given us many things: fresh outfit ideas, haircut inspiration, and plenty of new fashion faces to follow among them. What it’s also delivered is an exhaustive study of how to look good in a picture, showing us a million different ways to move in front of camera in a more casual, IRL way than, say, that Peter Lindbergh shoot of supermodels galavanting on the beach (though, what greatness).
Why simply stand there for a photographer when you can stretch your limbs to sinewy proportions while marching confidently out of the shot? Or who needs a rather on-the-nose smile and direct gaze into the lens when you can feign all sorts of indifferent cool and importance by simply texting your roommate that you’re bored and maybe going to stop by Whole Foods from some Quicos on the way home?
With fashion week fast approaching, we put together a primer of the best poses to steal from the sidewalk step-and-repeat, in hopes that your next candid Instagram or vacation snaps be free of any awkwardness.
1. THE “REPLY ALL”
While some may argue that the advent of the smart phone has ruined any hope of real human connection in