How to Spruce Up Old Clothing

You’re tired of wearing the same clothes day in and day out. The shirts all look the same and the colors all blend together in a shapeless mishmosh. Your shoes are in a pile by the door — and frankly, you don’t give a damn. But there is a way to reinvigorate your wardrobe. All it takes is a bit of imagination, pocket change, and time.

Swap out your buttons

Details such as buttons can make a huge impact on clothing. A military jacket with ornate gold metal buttons looks much more sophisticated than some old, run-of-the-mill plastic ones? That’s why it’s smart to shop and swap out the buttons on, say, a favorite jacket of yours that could use some spicing up. Try looking for unique ones at flea markets, yard sales, or your local craft store and start sewing.

Clean up your act

Remember the time you went hiking and were so tired, you simply tossed that sweat-drenched white cotton top on the couch and went to bed? Well, those stains definitely put a damper on your style. That’s why it’s important to freshen up your wardrobe by giving it a deep clean. Bleach, scrub, and hand wash those stains you’ve been putting off all year by buying the right cleaners, and you’ll wonder why you ever procrastinated. Try using Shout overnight on those sweat stains, and use a good-quality washboard like Lehmans’ for fast results.

Get crafty

If you aren’t afraid of getting creative, this one’s for you. With a pair of shears, a sewing machine, and lots of imagination, it’s easy to turn a drab item into a fab, ready-to-wear piece. Got some old jeans? Cut them into a pair of shorts, then use treatments like distressing or sandpapering to give them a worn-in look. Plain tees can be cut into interesting belly shirts or even made into pillowcases, so you can finally use that oversized Simpson’s shirt your hubby bought 10 years ago to good use.