Too bad Joe Strummer died. I always looked foward to what this guy was going to come up with next. His work with The Mescaleros flew virtually below the radar. Johnny Appleseed peaked at a mere 153 in the UK. Now… that’s just silly. It’s brilliant. But… you be the judge. »»
I can testify that being poor really does simplify your life. Whoever said necessity is the mother of invention probably didn’t have too much of a disposable income either. That being said, I have come to often adhere to a specific aesthetic while rendering myself as my own creative outlet. When you don’t have the benefit of retail therapy to anesthetize the mania, you find yourself trying to creatively change your wardrobe for free. The following are five simple concepts for looking at your limited resources differently.
1. Cut it up — A tried and true favorite since cut-off jeans. In this category, two words will take you anywhere you wanna go: Jersey Knit! Anything made of jersey knit won’t fray. If you have a t-shirt with a cute image but it’s a blah crew-neck, cut a new neck line or sleeve length. You can also alter the length of a skirt or pants without hemming (just allow for the jersey knit to curl a little where you cut it).
2. Write on it — Draw stripes with a sharpie on an old plain t-shirt; or buy a box of erasable window markers and personalize your mirror by using it as a memo station for to-do lists, reminders (the mirror is the one thing you *won’t* forget to look at), a calendar or just quotes or doodles.
3. Turn it inside out — This method is for the risk-taker and is especially useful with purses and jackets that have interesting linings or contrast piping or tall boots that have a calf which can be turned down for a mid-boot look. It can occasionally be relevant with the wearing of belts. Sometimes the “wrong” side of the belt is more interesting.
4. Wear it backwards? — This is rarely applicable, but when it is, the result is often surprising and sometimes stunning.
5. Wear it “outside the box” — This method is trial and error of course, but when you find something that works in a new and different way, people will notice. I sometimes wear neck ties as belts or intertwined with with a scarf. I once wore a skinny leather belt as a headband (wrapped around twice) and the hardware of the buckle was the ornament on the side of my head.