DIY fashions to liven up your wardrobe
by Holly Wilensky
Jan 12, 2011 | 16087 views | 0 0 comments | 852 852 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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DIY projects like this one could be an easy addition to anyone's wardrobe.
If you have the will to get creative with your wardrobe this winter, then there’s a way to win over those winter wardrobe blues. If you start your day staring into your closet hoping that something magical appeared overnight, that won’t do much to spike your style creativity for the day.

However, with a little DIY fashion inspiration, you can add a new flare to some of your everyday pieces that will make them feel like new.

Let me introduce you to the world of trim. Trim, in the fashion world is considered anything ‘extra’ on a garment, such as buttons, ribbon, lace, sequins, embroidery, beading, flowers, etc. There are tons of places in the heart of the Garment Center where trim can be purchased while you cruise the aisles for ideas. Here in New York there are more ribbons, beads, and sequins that you can handle. Picking out the pieces and colors you like is the easy part. Once you’ve picked a few things that you liked, now what?

Take on projects that are small that you can complete in a short amount of time. For example, take the winter trench coat that you wore for the past three seasons and change the buttons. Use old vintage buttons or a novelty button to give your old coat a new face lift. Make sure you take an old button from the garment with you to get the correct size when shopping around.

Adding ribbon to garment is a more advanced DIY style project, but can make a huge difference in the overall look of a garment edge. The bolero in the first picture above started out plain but came out more chic and stylish after a little ribbon was added to the sleeves and front.

Find out more about this sweater and other creative DIY projects by visiting

Gather some old fabrics together that match (or don’t) to create some individual flowers. They can be as large or small as you like and placed anywhere from the neckline to hemline to shoulders. It creates a romantic, feminine feel to a dress, top or jacket. Find out more about how to create your own DIY flower top by visiting

There is so much more you can do with trim to accessorize and breathe life back into your winter wardrobe.

Fight the ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ bug this season by getting creative and adding a little pizzazz to your closet.

For more fashion inspiration, style information and DIY creative education, please visit “Your bargain fashion superhero!”
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