ON HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FASHION
1 Buy less, but judiciously
It’s easier said than done, but sometimes it’s good to think twice before you get smitten. Invest in what you need. Think of your existing wardrobe when buying something new, go for products that are versatile and can be styled differently. Make decluttering your friend.
2 Repair and renew
Add a patch if something needs to be fixed. Alter what doesn’t fit.
3 Upcycle and repurpose
Pick up a skill. Darn, knit, crochet your frugal hand-medowns into timeless garments. Be creative with your clothes. Personalise them and make them fit your style. There are many DIY (do-it-yourself) tutorials available online. learning something new can also be immensely satisfying.
4 Be conscious
Associate with ethical labels. Many of us are trying to promote fair payments, better waste management, and organic fabrics. Be part of the movement.
5 swap it, always
It is fun to share, especially when it comes to clothes. share and swap your garments with friends/sisters/brothers. You and your friends can also build an informal group which encourages others to do the same.
6 Mix and match
understand your body type and decide what kind of clothes and accessories work best. Invest in items which are flexible and can be worn in more than one way, at different times of the day. like the same shrug that can be worn as an over layer, a wrap dress with a belt, around the waist to highlight your curves, or on your shoulders as a style statement, teamed with a scarf to change the look.
Kriti tula Co-founder & Creative director Doodlage, Eco chic upcycling fashion label 28, Delhi