DIY Classics: 3 Ways to Make Vintage Clothes Look New

Vintage clothes shopping is a fun way to look for unique items that can still be made fashionable today. But it’s not too often that an absolutely gorgeous, wearable-off-the-rack piece turns up. Fortunately, there are ways to make vintage clothes look new again while highlighting your love for classic elegance. Here are a few ideas:

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1. Make It Your Size

Make it all about you! So start off with the size. Vintage finds look fashionable only when the garment fits you to a T.  Among the areas that typically need adjustment are the hem, sleeves, bust, and bias.

Remember: Shop for vintage clothes that are at least two to three sizes larger than yours. When it’s time to snip off a few inches here or tuck in a few inches there, you would still have enough of the fabric to work on.

2. Repair the Damage

Sure, there are stains and rips. But these little flaws don’t always render vintage treasures useless. Instead, examine the extent and type of damage to figure out a creative way of repairing, strengthening, and even embellishing your piece.

Cover holes and tears with pockets of a different pattern to make the outfit snazzy. Is the collar wilted? Change up the fabric or cut it off altogether. Replace buttons and zippers to add a more modern touch. You’ll be surprised that a good repair is all you need to make an old garment look fab again.

3.  Revamp the Style

Of course, some vintage pieces are fine just as they are, but refashioning them gives you the benefit of creating a completely unique piece. Snip off dated sleeves, remove those puffy shoulder pads, and change up that droopy neckline to give the piece new life.

One trick we love at Tree Classics is to put a new spin on old things. You can update a dress by having the skirt end just above the knee – a modern style that matches any pattern or material. A short dress with a classy and classic appeal is perfect for the summer!

Vintage clothes are gaining more popularity, thanks to hit period dramas like Mad Men and Pan Am. While not all finds are wearable instantly, a lot of these are great candidates for upcycling.