Monthly Archives: August 2016
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 old clothes or other fabric. And if all the different squares don’t match, it doesn’t matter! Quilts look better the more diverse they are.
2. Treat your pet to an adorable outfit
Those old jeans may not look cute on you anymore… but there’s no way they wouldn’t be cute on your puppy. If you’re not an ambitious enough at sewing to make dog pants, try something easier: pop a small t-shirt onto a mid- to large-sized dog, or cut up fabric to use for a dog bandana.
3. Turn sleeveless shirts into bags
A tank top becomes a tote bag
Sew the bottom of a tank top together and you have a perfect shopping bag with a little extra personality. Bonus points: save the environment even more by saying no to shopping bags. If you live in a state where they charge for shopping bags, count this a money saver as well!
4. Turn tattered clothes into headbands
Headbands, bandanas, or other hair pieces are a snap to make. Just cut a long strip of fabric or a square out of your favorite shirt or skirt, and you’re ready to go. Whether for going out, running, or just cleaning the house, an extra bandana or headband to keep your hair out of your face can always come in handy.
5. Take tight or short clothes and turn them into a sexy Halloween costume
Is that flannel shirt a little tight? Pair it with some short jorts for a sexy cowgirl look — just because it’s not work appropriate doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for Halloween. Other good costume ideas for too-small clothing include: sexy boy scout or girl scout, sexy teacher, or sexy librarian.
6. Sell them for some extra cash
You’d be surprised — selling your clothes at second-hand clothing stores can add up to a pretty decent pay day. While you’ll often only get a few dollars for each piece, you never know which old items might suddenly be in demand again, or even be considered vintage.
7. Donate them to the needy
Because nothing feels better around the holidays than sharing with those less fortunate, why not give away old clothes to the needy? Goodwill or the Salvation Army have drop off locations all over the country, and it’s a great feeling to know that the clothes that no longer fit you may look just perfect on somebody else.
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 be tempted to leave it at home every once in a while, but doing so will make others believe that you don’t think you need to follow the rules. It sounds fairly innocuous, but you really don’t want to give your employer any reason to think you’re a rebel.
On the other hand, sometimes dressing too well can make you stand out just as much as dressing down. If your office dress code is business casual and you come in every day wearing a suit and tie, you might come off as a little pretentious. Similarly, if you’re too dressed up when attending a specific occasion, the host may think you have some place better to be after you leave his gettogether.
Either way, if you’re unsure of how to dress for a specific occasion, ask a friend or colleague before you make any assumptions.
2. Wearing Socks With Sandals
Seriously: What’s the point of wearing sandals if you’re going to wear socks under them in the first place?
Apparently, in the past few years, certain celebrities have been trying to make wearing socks with sandals a thing. Thankfully, though, it really hasn’t caught on.
Not only does it simply look ridiculous, but it also makes no sense from a logistical standpoint. You usually wear sandals on the beach or by the pool, right? And you do this because it makes it easier for sand to slip away from the crevices of your footwear, right? So why would you want to complicate the whole process by adding a layer of fabric that will ultimately make you uncomfortable?
If you’re going somewhere in which it’s acceptable to wear sandals, do yourself a favor and leave your socks in the drawer at home.
3. Wearing White Socks With Dress Shoes
Speaking of sock faux pas, if you’re out of high school you probably shouldn’t own too many pairs of white socks in the first place. And you definitely should never wear white socks to any occasion calling for dress shoes. Aside from the fact that white socks simply look out of place when worn with dress shoes, there are many reasons you should go with blue, black, or brown socks when dressing up.
It’s easily noticeable when white socks get dirty. If you scuff your shoe on them, or if they’re soap-stained, people will see it. On the other hand, if you just wore black socks, these minute scuffs and stains would easily have gone under the radar.
White socks are most commonly synonymous with gym socks. Even if they are technically clean, it’s just disrespectful to show up to someone’s wedding or other rather formal affair wearing the same articles of clothing you wear while working out. You wouldn’t wear sweatpants to a similar occasion, would you? Just because your socks aren’t as obvious as the rest of your clothing doesn’t mean you can get away with it.
4. Wearing Clothing That Doesn’t Fit
You might have thought baggy clothing looked cool on you in 9th grade – and you were wrong. You also might have thought that tight-fitting white T-shirt you started wearing after you started working out made you look muscular – and you were wrong.
In both of these cases, you’re sacrificing comfort for what (you think) looks good. Jeans that are too loose are tough to get around in. Sleeves of shirts that are too big can get caught on just about anything. Shirts and pants that are too tight are incredibly restricting. You can’t look all that cool if your clothes are getting in the way of your body’s natural movements.
Wearing clothes that don’t fit might stem from the fact that you hate clothes shopping, so you never try on before you buy, and you never return anything as long as it’s “good enough.” But if you put in a little effort up front into what you wear, you’ll end up being as comfortable as possible each time you put on your new outfit.
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% of your purchase goes straight to savetheelephants.org which aids the research, prevention and awareness of the ivory trade. The brand has currently raised over $135,000 dollars, impressive huh! Delivery is currently only available within the U.S but the brand say they will be opening up to international orders soon. I hope so because I’ve got my eye on this cute necklace!
2. ASOS Africa
ASOS are the e-commerce giants of fashion, and home to hundreds of amazing brands. It’s no surprise then that they introduced a line that appeals to those with more ethical values when it comes to their clothing. ASOS has now released eleven collaborations with SOKO, Kenya. Proceeds from the collection help to boost the workforce, which is predominantly women, enabling them to afford schooling for their children. Their latest range is currently on sale!
Selling great quality basics, Elagantees is on a mission to employ 500 women from Nepal to manufacture their clothing. So why Nepal? Sex trafficking is a huge problem there, and thanks to the Nepali Rescue Project, over 20,000 women victims were returned last year. Help to fight the trafficking by supporting this brand and their mission to put a stop to human sex trafficking and get more Nepal women into legitimate work.
This is one that will be on most people’s radar, but also one that is definitely worth mentioning! Toms has pioneered the way as a sustainable, giving brand. Their unique business model works on a ‘one for one’ basis. For every pair of shoes Toms sell, they donate a pair to someone in need. So next time you want a guilt free pair of casual shoes, you know where to head. You can find out more about the brands incredible charity work here.
5. People Tree
Sustainable clothing and fair-trade fashion are what stands at the heart of UK brand People Tree. They aim for their supply chain to be 100% ethical and fair trade. People Tree collaborate with groups such as the Bombolulu workshop which empowers physically disabled people. People Tree also partner with a group in Nepal, which provides jobs for more than 2,500 women. Check out their latest Eco Edit.
6. Miki Moko
Miki Moko is a relatively new fashion glasses brand. They operate with a unique business model where the customer chooses the price they want to pay for their frames. Pretty cool huh? From the chosen price, 50% of that goes straight to charity! Miko Moko currently supports the Nepal Youth Foundation which helps to rescue indentured girls and return them to their families. The brand has loads of fashionable prescription glasses online but these are my personal favourite!
Sevenly is an apparel brand which ‘exists to bring funding and awareness to the world’s greatest causes’ now if that’s not a reason to buy a new tee, what is? Each week Sevenly supports a different cause, and you can even see how much has been raised on the live homepage counter! Check out the brands new arrivals section which is updated regularly.
Known for their amazing collection of bags, FEED was founded in 2007 with the simple idea of creating a brand that could engage in fighting world hunger. Just one of their Feed Kenya Bags can provide 370 school meals for children in Kenya. So far, the brand have provided an outstanding 87,683,710 meals.
9. H&M Conscious Collection
It’s a good sign when the high street notices and adopts the call for sustainable fashion. The H&M conscious collections feature garments used from organic materials which support sustainability. Prices still reflect H&M’s affordable fashion, but without sacrificing the planet. This jumper is a must have for autumn!
For unique Fairtrade jewelry, Made is your answer. Each piece is hand crafted by artisans, dedicated to using environmentally friendly materials. Sustainability is important to Made and they extensively use reclaimed metals. Investing in employees is also extremely important to the brand, they employ over 60 men and women from developing communities in Kenya. They’ve also collaborated with some pretty big names, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton and Topshop to name a few. The dainty trio necklace is top of my wish list!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get shopping! It’s helping a good cause after all.