April 5, 2017

Simple and Easy Spring Fashion Accessories to DIY

Spring is here and if you're anything like me, a brand new wardrobe is not in the budget. No worries...there are still plenty of things you can do to liven up your closet for the season. I've got some simple, affordable ways to create fun spring accessories using stuff you may already have.

The secret is finding new ways to use your stuff. Or perhaps re-purposing it to give it new life. Sometimes it just takes looking at things a little differently to get a whole new perspective.

Tie One On: Using Scarves in New Ways

I saw this idea in an old issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine, but based on all the scarves I'm seeing this season, I think it's pretty much on-trend. 

One option is to take a large square scarf and turn it into a handbag. You can make a simple version with just a scarf, or you can incorporate two bangles or hoops for handles. 

This great diagram is from DIYS.com...check out more ideas for scarves here.

And here's a link to the Martha Stewart scarf handbag with bangles...

You can also give life to an old purse by adding a bright silk scarf to the handle, either by wrapping it or just tying it on in a neat bow. I was recently traveling to Washington, D.C. and saw this look in the window of the Kate Spade store in Georgetown...reminding me of yet another way a scarf can really add something special to your outfit.

Get Pinned: Jazzing Up a Plain Jacket

Everything comes full circle, especially fashion. I didn't always understand this fully, or believe it. As a kid and early teenager, my mom would tell me that certain styles looked like things she had as a teen, but I was always skeptical. Now as an adult myself, it's clear how right she was. I guess this is a rite of passage into adulthood...finally understanding there's nothing new under the sun.

As a kid, I had an awesome denim jacket that was covered with pins and brooches. Then for many years, pins seemed old-fashioned or out of fashion. They have certainly gotten a revival though.

Check out this Marc Jacobs version for the low, low price of $895. No but really, cha-ching!

To re-create this look at home, all you need is a denim jacket (or blazer...depending on your style) and an assortment of pins and brooches. You may have some stashed away somewhere, or you can always find pretty a good selection at thrift stores and second hand shops. 

Pin placement is key...try to group your pins together in unique ways and scatter them around the lapel or chest area on your jacket. 

Give an Old Bracelet New Life

I don't know about you, but I pretty much get stuck in a rut when it comes to jewelry. I wear the same few bracelets and necklaces all the time.

But who's to say you can't change things up a bit? Got an old bracelet you love? With a bit of ribbon, turn it into a necklace!

All you need to do is tie a length of ribbon to each end and then knot it in the back of your neck. Too cute, right? This would work for an old charm bracelet, a chain link bracelet or even some beaded styles.

Each of these ideas is so easy to do, and none cost hardly any money. Great for your closet and your wallet! Happy spring accessorizing ya'll!