deep in my mind I am all alone.
in the end it doesn’t matter
what validation I get from others
how much they all liked me
what they said about me
it doesn’t matter
if I don’t like myself all alone
because right now
I am nothing but an imposter
I stare at the reflection
and see the silver locks
falling down on my body
and I don’t see myself
I see an alien
that is reminiscent
of my being
by the ever growing
silver on its head
– this isn’t me
After the 7th season of Game of thrones left me all alone traumatized, I decided to do a painting of Tormund beyond the wall to calm myself down.
I know, there’re some out there that strongly believe that vintage pieces are to be conserved and not be touched – changed. But I also know that I am not one of those, so I regularly am having a great time rethinking and redesigning thrift finds.
To me they become way more special and personal – since I changed them to my liking.
But yes, here’s some things you can do to your clothes at home if you find yourself bored with them. Also, keep an open mind when thrifting and try to think what you could turn pieces into.
- Refit for best results. Very basic and obvious, but if it doesn’t fit as you want// need it to, simple alter it. This can be as simple as adding an extra button, removing some shoulder pads or sowing shut some too revealing slits. You could also crop sweaters or willow long- or wide-legged pants. All super uncomplicated quick fixes.
- Add some jazz. My personal favourite, as my mum sorely will confirm, is adding some rips and distress to shirts or jeans. An other favourite is adding patches and pins to about anything. I’ve got that one important pin to keep home with me that constantly jumps from bag to bag to travel with me anywhere. Patches always work on all kinds of denim, but also shirts and sweaters (easiest for transfer with heat is probably to mostly stick to cotton and natural materials). Usually, you can find super dope (and ironically funny) patches at the thrift store. For more specific or recent ones maybe check out etsy.com and support some creative crafty people (also there’s some really cool shit on there).
Super quick, but so much fun also: throwing on some paint.
Completely rethink. With this I usually change the look and purpose of the initial item. Maybe you really like the fabric of some shirt, but absolutely would not be caught wearing the particular style. You can simple use the fabric for something else, maybe only add it to some other piece for accents or garnish.
I recently bought an old classic cheerleader uniform top. Quite frankly, it fits utterly awful. I personally knew that I’d never wear it as it was. Seeing the whole transparent maxidress thing going around, I decided to try give it an entirely different look by adding some chiffon after cropping it a tad bit.
There’s a lot of things you can do to switch up your clothes, it can never hurt to get some inspiration on blogs, pinterest or magazines if your mind seems blank.