Fashion is all about expressing yourself and having fun with your outfits. Is there a better way to dive into customizing your wardrobe than to DIY some pieces? Fast fashion is consuming the fashion world, but thrifting and upcycling some of your old or less-worn clothes is fun. Here is a guide to creating some DIY pieces based on outfits for different occassions:

Casual Days

A chill day at home or at school doesn’t mean you can’t add your own personal touch to your outfit. Make a custom t-shirt! With iron-on patches, fabric paint, or fabric letters, you can transform a simple shirt into a work of art. If you want to add more color, change the color of the shirt or tie-dye it! You can use these same techniques for tank tops and hoodies too!

Speaking of hoodies, spice up an old crewneck or hoodie with one of the techniques about or invest a little more time and skill into adding embroidered details.

Going-Out Fits

Let’s dress up! No pressure. There are things you can DIY to elevate your outfit for an occasion. Start with an underestimated part of every outfit: statement jewelry. Beaded necklaces are perfect for summer, and you can create sets with beaded bracelets or even rings. If you want a more classy DIY, run to your local craft store to make a charm necklace or bracelet.

Outerwear can make a couple cool pieces a curated outfit. Customize a leather or jean jacket for a big wow. There are so many options when it comes to jackets. You can embroider on it, add pins, paint on it, or add patches.

On the Move

What could be better than looking cute and having a unique outfit while working out or at the dance studio? Well, you’re in luck! You can make your own custom graphic tees or tank tops. Add words or phrases with fabric paint or iron-on letters. Transfer paper is also a simple way to add a custom design (like your dance team logo!) to a plain piece.

Custom sneakers are another great idea. Start with plain sneakers in any color and change the laces, add charms, draw or paint on them, or add small patches.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.