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5 Ways to turn your winter wardrobe into sun savvy apparel

Updated on September 17, 2013

If winter has just ended in your part of the world, you may find yourself with an excess amount of bulky clothing, boots and blankets in your wardrobe. If you’re one of the lucky ones who are experiencing the break of spring you’re probably looking forward to shedding your coats and showing some skin. But before you shove your clothes in the back of your cupboards and risk the bedbug bash that might ensue, here are a few suggestions from around the internet to help you transform your winter wear into sun-friendly attire.

1. Turn an old T-shirt into a head/neck scarf

It’s likely that you have a surplus amount of undergarments packed in a pile from winter (all the vests and t-shirts you had to wear as chest-shields from the sharp cold). Instead of leaving them in your cupboard for moth grub, put them to use by making a spring/summer headband, or a neck scarf that is purely meant to look good around your neck.

The braided scarf is a good option. For this one below you’re going to need a sewing machine because it does require a bit of effort (it really isn’t that much effort. Look at this scarf; it is worth it, yes?)

What you will need is that sewing machine, two plain t-shirts, a pair of scissors and to click on this link or this one .

If you insist on a no-sew option, then there are other, just as amazing, options that require even less effort and more old t-shirts (you’re definitely going to want to make more than one of these) For these no-sew tutorials, just visit Studio5.

For your t-shirt head scarves , simply cut a piece of your t-shirt and wrap it around your head. But if you feel like you would rather put in a bit more effort, try this tutorial:

2. Turn your blankets into capes

You probably didn’t know that you could make a wardrobe out of blankets, did you?(Ok perhaps you did, especially if you saw Fräulein Maria make 7 outfits out of curtains in The Sound of Music ) But did you know that you could make a practically effortless chic cape?

All you need for this look is:

  • a fleece blanket
  • A leather buckle enclosure
  • 40 round prong studs
  • Scissors
  • Strong glue

For the full tutorial click visit A Pair and a Spare DIY

For the curtain dress visit Julia Bobbin

3. Turn your winter jeans into shorts

When spring comes around, one of the most exciting thoughts is being able to remove your bulky clothes and substitute them for lighter, skin-freeing apparel. One way you can do this with ease (of labor and of expense) is to simply rip the legs off your winter jeans. Bermuda shorts are a huge trend this spring, so you can look up-to-date simply by borrowing from the previous season’s fashion.

For effortless shorts with a safe length, which you can always shorten as the heat of summer creeps in, make 5-minute DIY Bermuda shorts simply by cutting your jeans just above the knee, folding it in and ironing flat.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, as many spring lovers would be, you can add patterns and lace to your bermudas for a fun, fashionable look.

For the tutorial on these DIY shorts visit Sausage Jar

Get lace from old clothing, old curtains or from your vintage table coasters and repurpose them for your Bermuda shorts to give you a fresh spring look. Find the tutorial here: By Wilma

4. Take your t-shirt from winter to 90's mode

Another hot trend this spring is the 90’s look (yes, you know you’re old when the 90’s comes back in fashion and you’ve lived through the actual 90’s). Luckily for some of us we can just raid the back of our wardrobes. But for some of us who got rid of that fashion a long time ago, or who have no idea what the 90’s looked like, here are some simple ways to get the look:

Crop tops were huge in the 90’s. Think Clueless, Saved by the bell, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson. These were icons of the stomach-peep. Not to fret you can wear your nostalgia for just about as much as it would cost back then (or even less, actually)

Make your own braided crop top with an old t-shirt. Get the tutorial here

If you’re really serious about your DIY and your 90’s, you can try your hand at creating your very own cropped bustier like the one by (Just remember to translate from Polish to English. The step-by-step image guide is quite self-explanatory however)

5. Make your own Christian Louboutin inspired Lace-up Sandals

If you’re wondering what to do with your winter boots, one blogger, Micol Zanzuri , has the perfect solution. Make Christian Louboutin inspired Lace-up Sandal! Here is her tutorial below

And the instrument that she can’t remember the name of, is called a box cutter.

There are many other ideas out there to help you take your wardrobe from chunky cold-fighting armor, to fresh, sunshine-embracing spring couture with little effort and expense. For now, you can use these suggestions as a basis for getting started on your first outfit. Just remember to be creative and have fun. After all, that is what fashion is meant to be – inventive, enjoyable and comfortable.

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