5 Tips to Help You Customize Your Clothes

To customize your clothes, start by choosing a style and consider giving some of your garments a second chance. Don't be afraid to bleach, draw on, and dye your clothes!
5 Tips to Help You Customize Your Clothes

Last update: 30 March, 2021

If you want to stand out from the rest, you should personalize or customize your clothes. There are several ways for you to do this. You can go for metallic brooches, patches, embroidery, or even fabric paint. These techniques can make your clothes really pop!

You can bring your old garments back to life by creating fun new designs that fit your personality. For this purpose, it’s probably a good idea to have a few tips up your sleeve.

In this article, we’ll share five of them that will help you customize your clothes and shoes.

Three ways to customize your clothes

To create a unique wardrobe, you may need to let your creative juices flow and invest some of your time. It’ll definitely be worth it!

1. Customize your clothes with your own style

This is the first step you need to take. First of all, you must define your style: boho, romantic, preppy, urban-chic, or grunge. After that, buy the materials you’ll need to customize your clothes according to your style.

This way, the people who see the new versions of your garments will tell you “That jacket or those shoes are very you”.

An old torn sweater.
Your old or torn clothes don’t have to end up in the trash. You can save these garments with your creativity.

2. Give your clothes a second chance

Your old or worn clothes don’t necessarily have to end up in the trash. You could give these clothes a second chance by adding your own unique touch.

In fact, simply cutting up an old garment can completely transform it. You can turn a long dress into a short one to radically change it! The same goes for pants. However, when it comes to shirts, you can do many more things:

  • Cut the bottom hem of the shirt vertically to create fringes. Try to make the cuts even.
  • You can also dare to cut the shirt’s sleeves and part of the neck to create a T-shirt.
  • Another idea for a muscle shirt is to cut the sleeves off a shirt and try to leave a strip between the neck and the rest of the fabric.
  • If you have a long shirt, you can turn it into a tied dress by cutting off the shoulders. Complete the look with a nice belt!

You can let your imagination run wild when it comes to making small stylish cuts to a shirt. Other good ideas are to make small cuts on the shoulders or a horizontal cut on the back. Just let your creative juices flow!

3. Awaken your inner artist by bleaching, drawing, and dying

To achieve unique garments, you need to personalize your clothes. One way to do this is by drawing on, staining, or dying them. But before you begin, try to make sure to have all the materials you’ll need on hand.

Consider buying acrylic paints, foam brush, fabric paint, cardboard, a whitening gel pen, and bleach, among other materials. You can also consider using other materials.

For example, adding some lace is a great idea. You can trace a shape, cut it out, and sew it on.

Two ways to customize shoes

Shoes undoubtedly reveal character, genuineness, and personality, especially if they’re customized. Here are some ideas to help you customize your shoes:

1. Make small changes first

If you have a design in mind, sketching it on your with a pencil shoes before painting it will allow you to erase any mistakes or unwanted details. A small change doesn’t just mean drawing an outline on your footwear, as you can also get creative by placing rhinestones or other decorative elements.

2. Customize your shoes with some paint and glitter

Yes, you can also paint your leather or plastic shoes or those made of other materials. However, keep in mind that paint sets best on fabric or canvas shoes.

When it comes to the design, remember that the sky’s the limit. Just as you could draw a pattern of shapes, a landscape, or a cartoon character you like, you can also choose to add glitter.

Whatever you choose, be sure to tape the parts of your shoes you don’t want to get paint on (soles or metal eyelets, for example). Similarly, apply a coat of primer before painting and clean the area you’re going to apply glitter to with isopropyl alcohol before you begin. Finish the job with a sealer.

A person customizing her sneakers.
You can also personalize your footwear to stand out from the crowd.

What to remember to customize your clothes

Your style, your creativity, and, of course, the clothes you have on hand will lead to different results. While it’s true that you can buy some cloth or canvas shoes and paint a nice design that you saw on social media, you can also give that shirt, pair of pants, or dress that are lying on the bottom of your wardrobe a second chance.

Once you decide what garments you want to customize, think about what you want to do to them.

Do you want to turn a shirt into a dress? A T-shirt into a muscle shirt?

You could also try fringing a shirt or making different cuts on a skirt. Anything goes!

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