Upcycle Your Wardrobe
A week ago I attended Savers Value Village #Runway Reimagined Fashion Show in Pioneer Square (Seattle). I wasn’t really sure what to expect. To let (most of) you in on a little secret, I am a horrible thrift shopper. Like awful. I’m impatient, and have a hard time envisioning creative ways to make what I see on the racks into a proper representation of my fashion style. So I was a little leery, but curious on what type of clothes would be featured. Also, my taste has far too long exceeded my budget so I find myself in uncharted territory on how to still enjoy fashion, but without piling on debt. For those two reasons, I jumped at the chance to attend the show.
The show was one of my favorite to date; the venue was perfect and intimate, the clothes were brilliant, and even the swag bags were on point!
In fact, I had such a great time at the show that it got me thinking about other ways that I can upcycle during the holidays. So after I walk you through the 3 designers from the show, get inspired on some ways you can upcycle your Christmas!
The first designer was Carlie Wong, made her collection from 68 lbs of used clothes. This represented the average amount that Americans literally throw away! Her designs were super classy and I could see myself wearing almost every one! It’s no wonder she was a contestant on Project Runway (Canada)!
Alyssa Blanco, along with Karla Ortiz, were given 750.00 a piece to use at Value Village to create their fashion lines. Her line was more casual and relaxed, with a bit of a 90’s vibe. I liked her use of layers.
Karla’s collection shouts Northwest to me. Hipsters unite! Quirky, with a 60’s/70’s vibe, her use of bold colors and accessories took her looks to the next level. These were truly fun designs.
Upcycle Christmas Ideas
For a quick glossary of terms in case you are like me, and really didn’t understand the difference between repurpose and upcycle :).
Upcycle = reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.
Repurpose = adapt for use in a different purpose.
Recycle = convert (waste) into reusable material.
After I could see how someone’s trash turned into treasure, I had a little fun with seeing other ways I could incorporate upcycling into the holidays!
Easy Upcycling Craft Projects Great gift ideas!
Top 5 Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas When a boring gift bag just won’t do.
Scrabble Christmas Ornaments Scrabble. Ornaments. Enough said!
I may not
can’t sew, but I can help support the cause by purchasing upcycled clothes from people that can, and Etsy is full of them! Search to your heart’s delight to find your style.
Have you repurposed or upcycled anything? Share your ideas here!