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The Art of Thrift: Get your Sewing Kit Out!

The world economy is still crumbling, 17 European nations are questioning whether it was such a genius idea to pool into one currency in the first place and cash-strapped Fashionistas are trying to think of ways to perpetuate the novelty in their wardrobe. I recently met Iliana, an incredibly creative and resourceful fashionista who has the ability to transform any boring item from a high-street store and inject a whole new life into it. We say thumbs up to austerity measures and getting handy with your measuring tape!

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Hit the town with a recycled outfit made from customized denim shorts and a flowy low-cut top.

These shorts were cut from an oversized pair of jeans and painted using small brushstrokes of metallic paint. The cut was made high enough to show the lower edges of the pockets.
The same effect can be achieved with your boyfriend’s old jeans.
Cotton jersey top bought in Mykonos and suede taupe shoes from Zara for an extra leg -elongating effect.

Become an expert with scissors and cut out a flowy tank top from an old rockband plain t-shirt. Iliana cut a long piece from the hem and stitched it back to the top in order to maintain the shape of the scoop at the back. This look is ideal for a casual day out at the beach.

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Embellishments can completely transform an old boring pair of jeans: using buttons, ribbons, crystals and mettallic paint, the key is to just add a personal touch to your worn-out items. One pair of cut-off shorts caught our eye as the inside lining of the belt was covered with a colourful print, the garment was large enough to be able to fold it towards the outside, very clever!

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Last but not least, use your Hermes or Pucci scarves or any other square-shaped silk scarf to create a drapy evening top! We absolutely love this look as the possibilities are endless and that is only by raiding your mother’s closet .

Austerity style = sewing kit + boyfriend’s jeans + mother’s scarves and a good dose of humour and creativity!

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