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“The cold never bothered me anyway,” says no one but Queen Elsa of Arendelle. Face it; you are no Queen Elsa to embrace the cold breeze of the transitioning weather from summer to winter. Whether you like it or not, fall affects your everyday life at some point: your food choices, transportation, and of course, wardrobe.
Switching from tank tops, short shorts, and floral dresses to boots, knitted sweaters, and scarves can be a bit challenging. But do not allow the chilly weather to pull the fashion department down; below are some life-saving fashion hacks to survive this somehow-awkward and in-between weather.
1. Hair Volume
Autumn is an excellent excuse to try some show-stopping hairstyles. If the summer is all about the messy hair bun and sleek ponytail to keep the hair together, today’s weather is perfect for letting the hair down. You can go for a longer and thicker style.
Of course, your hair will not magically grow to fit the cold weather, so now’s the chance to dive into the hair-extension trend. Aside from creating volume, hair extensions available in the market can keep you warm during this cold weather.
2. Sweater Boot Cuffs
Got some worn-out, stretched, and shredding sweater? Before deciding to ditch these old clothes, try recycling them into a DIY leg warmer.
Instead of wearing knitted socks (which can be too warm or skimpy for the boots), achieve a youthful and carefree look by using the ribbing along the bottom of the sweater.
Simply cut the ribbing with at least three inches wide, measure the length around the legs, and sew both ends together. Wear them close enough to the top off the boots and, voilà, instant boot cuffs.
3. Wool Those Shoes Away
If winter boots are not warm enough, then it’s time to level up and make some do-it-yourself wool insoles. The first step is to pull out the thin soles out of the boots. Next, grab wool felt (or any fabric of choice), and use the thin insoles as a pattern to measure the sole size. Cut the wool felt accordingly, and place it back inside together with the original sole cover.
4. DIY Sweater Mittens
Once again, before deciding to purge those worn-out sweaters from two to three years ago, recycle them, and turn them into some cute little mittens. The key to achieving a fluffy, warm, and comfortable sweater mittens is opening your thumb a little while tracing the pattern stitch.
5. Add Some Bling on Those Gloves
Tired of the usual knitted neutral-colored gloves? Glam them up in less than 30 minutes! Just look for shiny embellishments, and glue them onto fingerless gloves. These will surely turn the boring gloves into something that screams sparkle and style.
6. Save Boots from Creasing
Leather boots can be stuck in storage for a few months before autumn and winter. During this period, high-knee boots tend to slouch, leading them to crease and look worn-out even if they were only purchased last season.
Solve this dilemma by using a swimming-pool noodle. Cut a pool noodle into half, and place each inside the boots before putting them in storage. This prevents the leather from creasing and saves hundreds of dollars from buying a new pair.
7. Say Goodbye to Shedding Fabrics
Maintain the quality of clothes, and prevent shedding by literally freezing them. Do this by simply placing the clothes in a sealed plastic bag and storing them in the freezer for at least three hours. This hack is applicable for shed-prone fabrics like angora and mohair and your favorite knitted sweaters.
8. Practice Money Tricks for Transitional Clothing
Instead of saving money to shop for the latest trend, try raiding your closet to look for things you can sell. You can easily start your own clothing business nowadays, thanks to the convenience of online store builders. You can use the profit to buy expensive yet quality essential items. These are the types of clothing that can be used and transitioned well from fall to winter #OOTD.
This way, you get to recycle clothes wisely, maximize the value of money, and practice creativity in mixing and matching outfits. Some examples of transitional items are khaki field jacket, duster cardigan sweater, and a plaid button-down shirt.
A new season doesn’t always mean a whole new wardrobe. Instead of going to the mall and splurging on all-new arrival collections, revamp the closet, and unleash your creativity with these helpful hacks.