10 Useful Upcycling Fashion Ideas – Clothing, Accessories | upcycleDZINE

What is fashion? It is merely a way you express yourselves and present yourselves to the world. The style of every person is a reflection of them and their personality. We all love styling up, looking all chic, and spending a vast amount of money to keep up with fashion trends or get clothes that are ‘out there.’ It may be safe to say that fashion is expensive to follow. If you start throwing out your jeans after two months of buying them because they aren’t ‘in fashion’ anymore, believe us, you will be broke very soon. Hence, we are here to tell you ten useful ways in which you can ‘upcycle’ your clothes and accessories.

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Upcycling fashion

Upcycling means reusing old products in such a way to make them of a higher quality. The ten fashion ideas listed below will help you this season make your clothes and accessories that have gone out of fashion step up their game.

Pearl glamour:

Pearls are the trend right now. They are plastered on every accessory and clothing item. Even jackets nowadays are decorated with pearls. Unfortunately, by putting on a few pearls on regular jeans and tops, brands increase the price to thousands. Some of you might not have this kind of money, and that is why you should opt for upcycling your clothes to make them pearl accentuated. 

Grab some fabric glue and pearls from your nearest fabric store. Take out your old jeans, shirts, maxi dresses, sunglasses and paste some pearls on them as you please! Voila, you have your pearl accentuated item in a few bucks.

Pink Water Shop on Etsy | upcycleDZINE
Photos © PinkWaterShop

Lace all the way:

We all adore lace shirts and lace dresses. They make you look so chic. Now you can easily create your lace shirts. All you need is an old shirt, some lace, and a basic idea of sewing. You can easily sew on the lace to the base or the neck of your old shirts, making them look new and fresh. 

Men’s button-down dress:

Do you have an old button-down shirt of your dad, husband, or brother lying around? If yes, then you have yourself a new mini dress. All you need to do is grab some scissors, cut off the sleeves, give them a wavy shape and sew them to the top instead to make yourself a neckline. You can add your touch and make the overall dress a bit more refined, and there you have it, a mini button-down dress.

Fashion Sesam dress on Etsy | upcycleDZINE
Photos © FashionSesame

Pompom item:

When attached to your outfit or shoes, pompoms are adorable and can make them look super cute. Get yourself some color-coordinated or brightly colored pompoms from the store. Sew them on to your shoes, shirt, or hairband. If you don’t know how to sew, you can glue them on with hot glue or fabric glue. You will have yourself a cute, delightful outfit or accessory.

Hand-painted outfit:

Hand-painted outfits are the new look in today’s world, as people are letting out their artistic skills on their clothes. You only have to buy some fabric paint. Then you can use stencils or freehand and paint whatever you feel like on your jeans, shirts, dresses, shoes, etc. You can splash paint, too, and get yourself an abstract painted outfit.

Hand painted jacket by MelodyGDesign on Etsy | upcycleDZINE
Photos © MelodyGDesign

Waste materials:

Like many influencers out there or the designers from Zass Design, you too can create jewelry from waste material you see lying around. You can easily bend ductile wires to give you the shape of the jewelry you want. Feathers lying around can be a type of earring for you. You are merely recycling to upcycle. 

Broken Ghost Clothing dress on Etsy | upcycleDZINE
Photos © BrokenGhostClothing

Putting all the pieces together:

Another way to upcycle is to take scraps of fabric you have lying around. It can be a piece of cloth, an old shirt, or a scarf you don’t use anymore. By combining and stitching all of them together, you can have yourself a new dress or a new shirt for that funk party you wanted to go to.

Mama India Etsy shop | upcycleDZINE
Photos © MamaIndia

T-shirt quilts:

Like the quilt Bella’s mom gifts her in Twilight, you too can sew several t-shirts together to form yourself a quilt or a sheet. They can be random shirts you don’t use anymore or a collection symbolizing something. Either way, you have a cool DIY quilt.

Simply Pretty Posies t-shirt quilt on Etsy | upcycleDZINE
Photos © SimplyPrettyPosies

Jeans to shorts: 

As summers approach, you might want to get rid of your jeans and start wearing shorts instead. But the jeans are too good to be thrown away, and you don’t have the money to buy new shorts. Worry not; you can cut the jeans and transform them into shorts for you to wear!

Jeans to shorts by CoasCollective on Etsy | upcycleDZINE
Photos © CoasCollective

Embroidered look:

If you know how to embroider, it’s your lucky day. You can make your maxi dresses or shirts look so much more glamorous by embroidering something on them. A flower, or an eye, or some famous words, your outfit will instantly become designer level.

Equanimity Shop embroidered shirt | upcycleDZINE
Photos © EquanimityShop


In conclusion, upcycling fashion is becoming a trend right now, as even designers are introducing fashion lines all consisting of upcycled clothes. It is a great way to put in your brain to use, add some creativity to your life, and save money. With just a fabric glue and a few snips here and there, you can quickly transform your boring outfits into chic, modern, and fresh ones. These ten ways are the simplest and easiest to do; they don’t require much effort and can be done by anyone. So, what are you waiting for? Take out those old clothes and accessories and get started with upcycling!

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