We never thought this lockdown will last this long or did we?! It’s been 5 months, and the partial lockdown seems to stay with us for a little more. While we all practice self-care, let’s try and infuse some fun in our lives through fashion!From hand-painting our old denims to creating scarfs out of an old, torn saree, there is so much we can do to spruce up our wardrobe within the comfort of our own home. The idea is to be a quarantine queen all decked up like a doll for that little motivation to sail through this unprecedented times in style. Give it some time and create your very own project runway, for who knew there was a designer hiding in you?
Upcycle for an Organic Look
If you area a fashion aficionado, you know what we mean! 2020 is all about sustainability. With salaries being cut and malls shut, the best DIY fashion for lockdown is upcycling old denims, shirts, and everything else. Now, we are certain that your mom’s drawer is loaded with beautiful sequins, laces, old denim pieces and beautiful crochet threads. So, pull them out along with your creativity. Channel your inner spirit and give your old denims a new, chic look. Cut, sew, glue, and patch your outfits to make them more interesting and quirky. Use your discarded bedsheets, curtains and upholstery for that old-school glamourous fun!
Create Wearable Art
This lockdown has been an opportunity to get creative and celebrate life. Hard to believe but this lockdown has made us love whatever we have in hand, even our discarded outfits. Now is not the time to shy away from being your own designer! Treat your outfit like a canvas and get on! Just like tye-dye, you can hand-paint your jeans, hoodies and shirts with slogans or creative designs that add spunk to your personality. Create pieces that are unique to you and do full justice to your super-cool personality. You can even loop in regular pouches, canvas totes, and even handbags to add “personal touch.” A quick tip – do not wash hand-painted outfits frequently and dry them only in shade.
Patch It Up
The easiest one to practice, patch-work can instantly elevate your outfit and add a new dimension. Bring on your A-game and collect all the discarded materials, pieces, laces, little pieces of cloth and put them together on a fresh piece to create your own wearable art. Get your hands on those beautiful zari saree borders, mirror patches and cushions with intricate embroideries to create a hippie crop top or a beautiful scarf. Embellish your old pants with sequins and beads to make them look new and funky.
Give your old heels a makeover. Just with a little effort, you can make them look brand new. For instance, you can redo your old nude heels by fluffing it up. The fluffy shoes are currently the hottest trend and all you got to do is get a fluffy fabric and use a good adhesive to stick it on your heels. You can also use lace and floral motifs to make head-turning statement or can go all-sparkles if you like to be the center of attention. Even with your canvas shoes, get some good quality paint and re-design them to put your best foot forward.
Crochetwas one of the hottest fashion trends in 2019. It teared up the runways at NY fashion week, and many other fashion shows. If you know the art, create beautiful ruffle hair bands, crochet flowers for hoodies and jackets, gloves, scarves, cellphone cozies, handbags and much more. You can also uplift your old belt and adorn it in a nice crochet cover for that fashionable look.
The DIY fashion looks can also be used to re-do your table runners, mats, bedspreads, pillows and everything in your house, well almost. Be your own inspiration this lockdown season and add your personal touch to the things you own. Use old, un-used items and create something new, something you. Be it your new creative pursuit.