Fashion: Repurpose What You Have

Want to be more eco-conscious in your wardrobe shopping?  The organic cottons out there are fabulous and there are so many options for your “green” wardrobe these days.  However, often being eco-conscious doesn’t mean shopping at all, but using what you already have!

Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam treats us to her fabulous finds each week in her Frugal Fashionista post. This particular week she is shopping in her closet.

“This outfit was planned completely around this necklace. A few months ago, I picked up this brown, chunky, modern necklace for $1 at a yard sale, but I’ve never worn it. Every time I tried it on, I just felt it was too big. Often with large jewelry, we only stare right at the piece in the mirror and we don’t see the power of the outfit in its entirety. I think this keeps us from branching out and it kept me from enjoying this necklace earlier.”

via What Should I Wear? Shop Your Closet….

Jen found the perfect outfit to go along with that chunky necklace right in her own closet.  Do you have some treasures tucked back in your closet that you need to dig out?

Gidget at Gidget Goes Home has made a pledge to not buy clothes and use what she already has!

“I’ve been getting a lot more into repurposing/refashioning lately. So, I decided it was time to make a commitment. I headed over to Wardrobe Refashion and signed the pledge for four months. That means that from September until the end of 2010 I am pledging to not buy any new clothes. I will repurpose, refashion, and buy second-hand to my heart’s content instead.”

via Wardrobe Refashion: the Pledge

Are you a Goodwill shopper?  Yard sales? Hand-me-downs?  What are some of your tips to repurpose the clothes you already have?


  1. I want to be more of a thrift store shopper but I find being a “big girl” limits my choices. I think I just need to be more diligent, not wait til the last minute to clothes shop and keep a running list of the items I’m always looking for.

  2. My husband was unemployed over the summer, so I have cut down on my thriftshop purchases only to stuff that was “fabulous” & have been shopping in my closet for everuthing else, as well as going through things & donating/selling them! – But we could not resist the $3 fancy, almost new topsiders for hubby – or the $4 Ann Taylor flats for me! And I allow myself to buy little stuff –

    It does help to keep a running list in your head of things you need for your wardrobe. (The blue flats were part of that.) And certain items are always useful – like black shoes and good White shirts! I also found a DKNY Couture jacket on the dollar rack. THAT I had to have.

    The trick of shopping in thrift shops is that the sizes are often wrong. So learn to judge for yourself the size of the garment, and try them on in store. I have clothes with labels from “S” to XXL!! Depends upon the cut of the garment! (And remember that most older clothing runs small – & a lot of designer clothing will also be small – altho there are thrift shops with larger size racks.) There are even plus size resale shops….

    I realize that I have always re-purposed clothing – altering, changing buttons and so on…And now that I have amassed a real clothing collection, I am going to make a point of wearing out what’s on hand….

  3. Thanks for quoting me, I think it’d be great if more people got into repurposing! 🙂

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