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7 Easy DIY Hacks To Make Your Wardrobe Look Designer

A.k.a. your plan B when bank account says NO.

You know us – we’re all for living beyond our dreams means when it comes to fashion, but sometimes life happens and you find yourself with an empty bank account, places to go, people to see and nothing to wear.

That’s when you know it’s time to get creative.

We’ve recently noticed a resurgence of luxury brands selling things that look old when they’re actually brand new (*ahem* Golden Goose sneakers), which is actually a blessing (for DIY lovers – like our Creative Assistant Lainy) and a curse (for lazy people who CBF with DIY – like our Editor Carmen).

The good news is that these 7 DIY designer hacks we’ve found don’t require skillz like Martha Stewart. A few small alterations can make a big difference to your wardrobe by making old pieces feel like new again.

So no matter where you stand on a scale of one to ‘I don’t even own a pair of scissors’, we’ve compiled a list of ‘It’ designer items below that you can splurge (as in click to buy RN) or save (by getting crafty) on this weekend.

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ADD SHOULDER PADS

Get an oversized denim jacket from Etsy (like this one) or any thift shop, buy a set of shoulder pads and sew them in. Viola! You’re (basically) Balenciaga.

Balenciaga jacket, here.

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ADD SHOULDER PADS

Get an oversized denim jacket from Etsy (like this one) or any thift shop, buy a set of shoulder pads and sew them in. Viola! You’re (basically) Balenciaga.

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BLEACH ANYTHING

Soak any tee in laundry bleach overnight to give it that washed/worn-in vintage look.

Madeworn tee, here.

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BLEACH ANYTHING

Soak any tee in laundry bleach overnight to give it that washed/worn-in vintage look.

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SHOP IN THE MEN'S SECTION

Find a pair of men’s (i.e. grandpa) trousers at a thrift shop (the bigger the better), pull the excess fabric to the front, then fold over and belt to hold in place. Sounds weird, but trust us on this one – it will make them look like cool asymmetric fashion-y trousers.

Raey trousers, here.

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SHOP IN THE MEN'S SECTION

Find a pair of men’s (i.e. grandpa) trousers at a thrift shop (the bigger the better), pull the excess fabric to the front, then fold over and belt to hold in place. Sounds weird, but trust us on this one – it will make them look like cool asymmetric fashion-y trousers.

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EMBELLISH EVERYTHING

Add chains, gems or old jewellery to your jacket pockets, clothes, caps, socks… you get the drift.

Raey socks, here.

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EMBELLISH EVERYTHING

Add chains, gems or old jewellery to your jacket pockets, clothes, caps, socks… you get the drift.

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UNPICK YOUR POCKETS

Tap-into the Vetements phenomenon by removing the back pockets on your jeans. If you’re really in the mood, go one step further by cutting and fraying the hems (here’s how).

Vetements jeans, here.

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UNPICK YOUR POCKETS

Tap-into the Vetements phenomenon by removing the back pockets on your jeans. If you’re really in the mood, go one step further by cutting and fraying the hems (here’s how).

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JUST ADD PATCHES

Pick them up at haberdashery stores, or Urban Outfitters has some super cute pins here.

Gucci bag, here.

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JUST ADD PATCHES

Pick them up at haberdashery stores, or Urban Outfitters has some super cute pins here.

7

CHANGE THE BUTTONS

Head to Etsy or your nearest craft shop and get yourself some super kewl buttons to sew on to your blazer (or anything else for that matter). It’s amazing how this simple trick can make something old feel new again!

Balmain blazer, here.

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CHANGE THE BUTTONS

Head to Etsy or your nearest craft shop and get yourself some super kewl buttons to sew on to your blazer (or anything else for that matter). It’s amazing how this simple trick can make something old feel new again!

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