Closet Treasures: Bringing Your Old Clothes Back to Life Again

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Fashion is expensive these days and even if you have an eye for a good bargain, replenishing our closet can cost a lot of money. But there are ways you can give less than new clothes a new lease of life. Why keep spending money on new clothes when you can bring your old clothes back to life with these useful ideas?

Extend those short dresses: Oops, you shrunk your favorite mini dress in the wash and now it’s stuck at the back of the closet because you don’t have the heart to throw it away. Pull it back out and revive it with one of these lace dress extenders. A dress extender is an under-slip edged with lace that hangs below the hemline of your dress or skirt, adding an extra inch or two to the length. It’s a great way to improve those skirts and dresses that are uncomfortably too short.

Rough up your jeans: You’ve had those jeans since forever, they’ve been with you to some of your favorite concerts, and although they’re looking a little shabby, you can’t bear to part with them. No problem. Pop down to your local DIY store and grab some 220 grit sandpaper. Wrap it around a deck of cards and rub it on your jeans to give them a distressed look that people pay hundreds of dollars for.

Shave your sweater: Is you favorite sweater starting to look bobbly? All you need to get it looking up to par is a disposable razor. Lay the garment on a flat surface and hold it firmly in place with one hand. With the other, gently draw the razor over the woolen surface and it will shave away the offending pill balls. This also works for jackets and blankets.

Add some embellishments: Jazz up those boring old clothes with some pizazz. That dull old shirt could use some rhinestones on the collar, those boring black shoes would look great with some bows, and how about a fringe on that tee shirt?

Belt up: You can completely change the style of an outfit by pulling it in with a belt. Turn a loose dress into a trendy tunic, add some chic to a long cardigan and even cinch in a baggy coat for a totally new look.

Chop it off: We all know you can turn an old pair of jeans into short, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Turn an old shapeless tee shirt into a cropped top. Make that maxi dress into a mini. Tired of that lifeless button down dress shirt? Give it a trim and turn it into a sleeveless summer blouse. You don’t have to be an expert seamstress to pull off these clothes conversions.

Follow these great fashion hacks and now you’ve already added some great new looks to your wardrobe for next to nothing. All your friends will be asking you how you manage to keep changing your look.