The contemporary fashion & shopping culture have many ills and it has made keeping up with the latest fashion trends a very costly affair. We all know that clothing trends rise and fall like the tides of the ocean. We may spend thousands of dollars on a wardrobe only to find it becoming obsolete a few years later.
It is true that we love adopting the new clothing styles as soon as it is launched but there are some trends which has withstood the tests of time. As a result of this practice we must be attuned to the practice of banishing some of our questionable purchases and keep them in the closets.
But what can we really do with those clothes which lie waste? Many will suggest you to toss them in a plastic bag and drop them off at a local charitable organization. While this is a noble idea, we suggest that you put these old clothes back to work. Here are the top 5 ways to recycle your old clothes which you do not need or wear anymore.
Make a cool contrasting sleeve shirt
You must have noticed a number of shops selling shirts with contrasting sleeves. Although these are very tempting, do not buy them as you can easily make them at home. You will just need two old shirts – one patterned and the other one in solid colour. Just cut the sleeves from each shirt starting on the outside of the seam. Now take the shirt and the sleeve you wish to combine, turn both inside out and sew together around the armhole area using a machine. If you are really good at this then you might have to entertain a few requests from your friends too!
Don’t let go of your old jeans
Many of us have a pair of jeans which we don’t wear regularly as there is a hole in the knee. You might get tempted to tear of the legs of the jeans so that you can have a pair of denim shorts. Well, you can do that but we suggest that you save that pair for a rainy day. When your favourite pair of jeans actually begins to wear out, you can use the fabric from your discarded jeans to patch it up. This is more like a skin graft for your pants. This kind of ‘grafting’ is very common across US, UK and Europe and you are definitely not the first one to do it. However, you must entrust the job to a reputed tailor so that the finishing is great and a near-seamless look is created.
Turn your discarded T-shirt into a fashionable tote bag
This is really one of the best ways to recycle your old garment and definitely, the most innovative. This is how you do it. Re-cycling an old t-shirt to transform it into a stylish tote bag does not require much work. You just need to follow a few steps and very quickly you can give new life to your t-shirt which would have been thrown into dust bag. Since plastic bags are getting banned across many countries, this is very practical and environment friendly way to carry the groceries and/or staples from your neighbourhood shop.
Organize a clothing exchange party with your friends and relatives
There is a general belief that the number one reason people stop wearing certain clothes is not because they are torn or does not fit anymore but because they are simply tired of wearing them a bit too much. Seeing yourself in the same outfit over and over again can actually make you feel sad and a desire for change is easily culminated. Most of us feel this way and there is no reason to feel guilty about it. Even your friends and relatives have some clothes which they are tired of wearing again and again. So this is a great way to propose a ‘trade’ among your friends and peers. Swapping clothes with friends is a lot of fun as there is always a win-win arrangement. The main advantage of these sorts of exchanges is that you get to wear something new without spending a dime. There is an old saying supporting this – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Use an old belt to expand your closet
There are many people in this world who find it really difficult to part with their old clothes and at the same time need some space in their closet. Well, this tip is definitely for them. The clothes usually hang on a horizontal bar in the closet as a result of which a large area of space below the hanging clothes gets easily wasted. Try to get hold of an old belt and put the buckle on top of the hanger. The holes in the belt will act as additional spaces for many more hangers. These techniques, if effectively used, can double the amount of space in any closet.
Some other Methods for Recycling
There are many other ways to recycle your old clothes and re-use them in an innovative manner. Some are not as popular as the ones mentioned above but it will help you save a lot of money nonetheless. Many people prefer to use the old clothes to make fashionable accessories like headbands, necklaces, belts & slippers. The winter wear can be used for designing your own gloves and mittens. The young people love reusing their clothes by using dyes on the fabrics and making brand new dresses. If you feel that a certain colour has gone out of fashion then you can always dye it into a brand new colour which is in trend. If you are looking something organic then always go for the vegetable dyes. These are some of the more interesting ways to recycle your clothes and be friendly towards the environment.