In the on-going rivalry between homemade and storebought, homemade wins out nearly every time in my book. Macaroni and cheese? Dude, obviously. I mean, have you had my mac and cheese? It’s fantastic and Kraft is shit. Cookies? Check check homemade. Halloween costumes? Okay. I always wanted the ones from the store but my mom, as usual, was right. They were cheap and always broke before you made it the second block and my brother and I always looked amazing when we went the DIY route.
And I like making/building things with my own two hands. It’s satisfying. And Made By You guarantees One of a Kind. Which is undeniably cool and great and so on.
Here, I’ve put together some easy, no-sew DIY-dress-yourself projects, all culled from unattainably high-end sources.
Burberry Prorsum Ombré cotton trench, $928
Urania feather and leather sandals, $690
I Feel Like Painting Leather Flat Pouch, Ronnie Wood for Liberty of…, 38 GBP
Avalisa Allium Modern Wall Art, $59
So look, the Outnet.com prices this Burberry trench at $928 ON SALE. Work the ombre yourself with either dye or bleach, depending on your starting point. Easy peasy. The dress is from Designers Remix and is also on sale but this one goes for EUR 153, which is some higher number in American dollars. I say, if you ever find a lovely silk dress at Goodwill, abandoned there and forlorn because of some unfortunate stain, take it home and splatter wine and/or ink on it. Totally. And instead of spending $600-$1200 on a pair of killer heals, just bling out a cheap(er) pair. You will find both chain and feathers at any craft store anywhere. And don’t overthink it. Hot glue gun. Fun and done. And that clutch? That’s just the awesome.
Warehouse Breton Stripe Top, Blue Stripe, 16, 15 GBP
Tattoo Inc.- Appliqués
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I am completey annoyed by Marc Jacobs. With few exceptions, what he does for his eponymous lines elicits one of two responses from me: “eh” and “ick.” And this sweater is fine, but for serious, who’s going to pay over $450 for this? You know what else you can get at Micheal’s? Rad, iron-on appliqués for, like, I don’t know, $10 or something. And the breton tee? We’ve already established it’s a ubiquitous basic. Moving on…
Cropped paint-splash jeans, $870
Paint can – Red
Jeans plus paint equals paint-splashed jeans. Duh.
Teddy Bear NecklaceCharlotte Daffern£275.00, 275 GBP
BETONY VERNON Ring, 313 EUR
Rope Belt, $330
Boxes, Black Frames
Rope belts! (Really bBelts from anything that can be tied around your waist) Tie dye! More feathers! Wooden beads! Children’s toys!
So what DIY fashion projects have you guys pulled off?