DIY fashion with strapping

Ribbon and tape for skinny belt and watch straps

Following on from the last post I was pondering the ins and outs of fashion. Thin belts are in this year and medium to thick belts relegated to last year. What’s a girl to do? Keeping up with the Diors and Burberrys can be costly. Do I really want to wear the latest “it” bag or “must-have” coat? There is something refreshing about a new slant on a wardrobe. Some new trends are an infinite improvement on their older versions. Mum jeans being a case in point. Thank goodness those have gone and we have sleeker sexier jeans today. So I guess keeping up with the latest can be a good thing.

Where it gets tricky, is when you have been buying the latest for a few years. I’ve got watches, shoes and bags. Lots of them. There is no space left in my wardrobe for new stuff despite regular clear outs. That is the whole point of this blog. I wanted to find ways to enjoy frivolous new fashion fixes, minus having to buy yet another.

So with this in mind, and following on from yesterday, I decided to not buy a bright coloured Swatch or Toywatch. Instead, I am going to replace my watch straps. The method is similar to how I made the skinny belts in the last post. In the picture is a hessian skinny belt. But you can also see some of the ribbon and strapping I had in mind for replacement watch straps. And that’s not all. My bargain black plastic sports watch is going to work when I am not running too. It looks as good as a Swatch or Toywatch if you ask me. Why buy new when old will do?

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.