How to Make Your Old Wardrobe Feel Like New

These DIY tweaks will give your pre-loved clothes a seasonal update

Words by Nicole Thomsen
November 8th, 2017

New season, new wardrobe? Well, not necessarily. While it can be tempting to throw away or forget about your pre-loved clothes when new season trends hit stores, it’s not a sustainable approach not to mention damaging on your purse strings. But with a few tweaks here and there, you can easily revamp your old wardrobe to make it new season relevant. Find our top DIY tips and accessories below worth investing in for a seasonal update this winter.

Fendi AW17

Detachable Bag Straps

Interchangeable bag straps are the new ‘It’ accessory which makes it easy to breathe new life into old handbags. From embellished leather to contrasting canvas straps, there are plenty styles on the market to enliven a pared-back bag and make it look like new again. Simply clip it on and away you go. If only everything was as easy!

Dolce & Gabbana AW17

Decorative Patches & Pins

Imitate the Dolce look with iron-on patches and decorative brooches on any coat, sweater or bag in need of a sprucing up to achieve AW17’s maximalist vibe. You could even use a statement earring in place of a brooch. The possibilities are endless…

Coach 1941 AW17

Faux Fur

Faux fur is seeing a resurgence in popularity this season particularly when it comes to outerwear, but rather than invest in a statement fur coat you can test the trend out in smaller increments first. Revamp an old coat by adding a pair of fur cuffs to the sleeves or attach a fur collar to the lapels (but stick to one or the other to avoid overkill!) et voila, you have a new style of coat to keep you warm this winter. You can also update a plain wool beanie with a detachable pom pom or opt for a keyring version which you can attach to any bag for an added pop of colour.

© Paciullo


If the streets are anything to go by then go-faster stripes are a driving force this season. For those of you blessed with skills to manoeuvre a sewing machine, this can be easily done at home with any pair of trousers or jeans and a strip of ribbon of your choice. Just head to your nearest haberdashery or check out these denim skinnies from Zara for inspiration.


Shoulder Pads

When it comes to Eighties fashion, few trends are more divisive than shoulder pads but like it or lump it, big voluminous shoulders are very much on trend this season. If the very thought of them doesn’t make you shiver then root out any oversized denim jacket or blazer you have in your wardrobe, find a needle and thread and get sewing for a quick and easy AW17 upgrade. This way, the definition can be as subtle or amplified as you want.