By Victoria Thornton – Collegiate Staff
Life as a college student is difficult. Being a college student and staying trendy, now that’s just tough. Most students live off Ramen and drive with their gas tank almost empty. Or maybe that’s just me.
Instead of shelling out my hard earned cash for a trendy new outfit, I dig deep into my inspiration closet for something that makes my style personal and unique.
Simple Do-It-Yourself projects make it easy to distinguish my style from others. It’s truly the best form of self-expression and saves me from digging deep into my piggy bank each month.
My favorite part about repurposing thrift store finds or creating unique DIY projects is that it’s like having your own fashion line. No one in the world has that exact shirt, or those gold glitter tipped black flats. My favorite part is when people ask, “Where did you get that?” It is satisfying to know that your homemade clothes and accessories are aesthetically pleasing.
The special part is knowing that it’s exclusive. That it’s you.
The latest DIY craze is the 30-minute arm-knitting scarf. No need to ask grandma to dig out her knitting tools, you simply use your arm to fashion your own infinity scarf. I am not knitting savvy, so this will be my next project. I picked up some mustard color wool yarn, which will be perfect for winter, for $5.99 at Michael’s.
Don’t have a knack for crafting or making your own clothes? Me either. I just use the wonderful creation of Pinterest and follow DIY fashion bloggers who post tutorials and show me exactly how to make the clothes that I wear.
A DIY blog that I favor is ISPYDIY.com, run by Jenni Radosevich.
Radosevich posts DIY projects, inspirations, completed outfits, and more. She makes it easy for a small town girl to have a big city style. She bases her ideas on designer trends and demonstrates, step-by-step, how to make something basic into couture style.
My most recent project was inspired by one featured on ISPY DIY. It is a plain white shirt with iron-on letters saying “Tres Chic,” French for very fashionable. This was probably the easiest DIY project I’ve done thus far. I have a bunch of plain shirts lying around that I don’t wear, what better way to jazz them up than adding a cool saying on them? I bought the iron-on letters for only $3.
I aim for my ensembles to look like the latest trends on the runways or backslide to classic vintage. The outfits I put together are a combination of DIY, thrift finds and basic, inexpensive pieces from department stores like Target. Not long ago I got bored with my pointed taupe flats, so I went to Michaels in search of repurposing them to give them a bit more flare. I ended up gluing $2.99 blue bows on the tips. They now stand out and are a totally different looking shoe.
Some thrift stores around Grand Rapids that I frequently visit are Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and Urban Exchange. For my fabric and crafty accents I go to Jo-Ann Fabric and Michael’s.
The whole structure of DIY is to create things and share them with everyone. Start small; think about what attracts you to it. If repurposing things leaves you shaking in your Doc Martens, look up a tutorial on how to make it your own. Soon, you’ll be the new owner of Your Name Here fashion line.