Mar 17, 2012

Releasing Your Creative Side through Fashion

We’ve all got a creative side – it’s under our skins somewhere! While we’re bound to uniforms, suits and corporate wear during our working lives, it’s fun to let go and get a little creative with our clothes sometimes. From silk scarves to funky hats and unique jewellery, here are a few tips to help you discover your own creativity.

Shop in Unique PlacesWhile all your friends probably shop in generic department stores and ‘Westfield’ chain stores, try finding a store that’s away from the mainstream. You can shop in boutique stores if you want to discover unique designs or head for vintage or second-hand shops if you’re keen on a retro look.

Overseas FashionsIf you know your sizes and measurements, the internet is a great place to shop! While everyone’s following the trends in your home country, why not look outside the borders to see what’s happening in fashion elsewhere? You might discover a funky, layered skirt or a silk top that no one you know has got!

Tailor MadeIf you can afford it, getting your clothes hand-made at a tailor or dressmaker is a great way to get creative! You can pick your styles and patterns, choose colours and materials and customise your outfit any way you please. Consult with the tailor about how to really ramp up your new clothing – could you add in pockets or a sewn-in belt?

Beads, Ribbons and ButtonsIf you can’t afford to buy a whole new wardrobe, you can consider revitalising your old clothes by giving them a little decorative boost. Purchase some beads, ribbons or buttons and sew or glue them onto your dresses, shoes, hats and belts to create a whole new look. You can also use things like flowers, shells, sequins and feathers!

PatchesGetting creative with sewn-on patches is lots of fun because you can choose the exact design you want. Could you sew a patch of your favourite band onto your jeans? Or jazz up an old skirt with some floral patches? If you’re into
Aboriginal art, for instance, some aboriginal-styled patches on your satchel bag could make it much more unique!

Again, if you can’t afford a new wardrobe or you’re just not into DIY, accessories can make all the difference. Get creative with scarves, belts, hats and shoes. Choose a range of colours and mix ’n’ match your accessories to create looks for different occasions. Does that old dress need a thick belt and a new pair of heels to bring it to life? Perhaps your t-shirt and shorts combo could look more creative with the addition of a funky belt, a hat and some flower-studded thongs?

JewelleryFunky fashion jewellery is a great way to get creative with your outfits. A boring dress can be lifted simply by wearing bangles, rings, earrings, necklaces and anklets. Choose jewellery that’s bold and original and steer away from the boring silver/gold pieces. For instance, you could get feathered earrings, brightly coloured rings, big pendant necklaces and beaded bracelets.


Girls know that the right bag should complete any outfit. If you’re the type that just takes the same bag wherever you go, shake it up a little. Invest in some new bags that you can match with different outfits. You can choose from big handbags, small handbags, satchels, tote bags, hippy bags, clutches, baskets and more. If you really want to get creative, buy a plain canvas bag and brighten it up with some beads, prints, patches or paint – and create your own unique style! 

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