Giving New Life to Old Clothes

“I feel like my fear of stains is ruling my life, sometimes I don’t even feel like myself anymore” “it’s just these scuff marks… Oh!…OH!!!” may be some of the thoughts which run rampant throughout your mind. Well, I can’t blame you. As a tall girl, I am constantly looking for clothes that will fit me, so keeping the clothes that do fit me is very important. So today’s blog will be dedicated to the maintenance of clothes and about how to get the most out of the clothes you have, and of course about embracing the bagginess, the shortness, the stretching, about embracing all the deformities of your clothes.

Okay, so for all the amateur dry cleaning newbies, like myself, things like seltzer water and eucalyptus oil can be really helpful. For oil stains, simply apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil to cover the stain and then let it sit for about 10-15 minutes and throw it in the washer. Similarly to the oil method, the use of seltzer water and a soap or detergent can be a cheap investment which will keep your clothes in good shape. By using an old toothbrush to apply seltzer water and soap to your shoes, you can easily get rid of stains that accumulate on the edges of your new and old shoes. As for fabric shoes, just lightly brush over the surface of the fabric with a dab of the detergent and water to get rid of the stains. Just be sure not to waterlog them, and then when you’re out you can walk through grass and dirt guilt free, without having to worry about those J’s.

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On another note, sometimes things happen to our clothes that are beyond our control, and we have to deal with things like stretching —yes, I know it’s a struggle—but there is still hope for reviving worn-out clothes. I’m sure many of you have heard of the notorious diaper-butt—let’s be real with each other—but don’t let it rule your life. Just throw some leggings under pants to make pants fit more snuggly. As for shirts, baggy is in. So “rock” baggy shirts with a scarf and some skinnies to make the look work. In terms of re-wearing clothes that are too short, for pants, wear high socks or leg warmers with boots to make short pants look like they fit. When it comes to shirts that are too short in the arms just wear a jacket to cover up the shortness in the arms. If shirts are too short in the stomach area, either work it, or, for more work and school appropriate uses, wear high-waisted pants or skirts to pull it all together.


Clothes beyond repair and “Urkel wants his pants back”

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Admit it, there are some things that cannot or just should not be worn again. For old clothes that cannot be refashioned, swap them out for store credit or at stores online that do clothes exchanges to get clothes that you want. However, if you still have hope for your old clothes, just cut old clothes into strips to make headbands or use the sleeves of sweaters and crocheted items to make leg warmers.

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So all this is to say that there is still hope for your old clothes, in the end, whatever you decide to do, just remember fashion is about finding what works for you.


Good luck,



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