2nd October 2013
Today marks the last day of the marathon that is fashion month, and to commiserate (or celebrate – whatever your jam) I’ve done a roundup of my favourite DIYable street styles. I’ve clicked next, next, next (next next neeeeeeext) until my carpal tunnels ached to pick out the styles I think you could recreate at home, and then strut down the street like you’re in the Tuileries (without the flight + outfit pricetag). You can thank me later!
Feathers and fringe, can one photo have any more DIY inspiration than this? Adding a little of either to your heels/skirt is super simple.
Sometimes it’s the least obvious styles that catch my eye the most. The shirt wrapped into a one shoulder style has the makings of a fantastic DIY (I’m assuming it came that way but can’t be sure?). Who doesn’t love making something amazing out of a simple black shirt?
This inspires a cut and sew, dropping the hemline of a skirt and creating a cage with ribbon.
This look was one of the most photographed of the season, and I love just how easy it would be to achieve this look (aka sesame street alphabet song has thrown up on you) if you so chose!
As a lover of all things transparent and plastic, I love this skirt, not only does it look cool, it’s the perfect wet weather skirt. I imagine making it using this construction.
If you have an old denim jacket lying around, you’d be mad if you don’t add some oversized varsity letters to the back.
I kinda wish I had front view of this top, but in my own world I imagine it’s a cashmere sweater tied into a bustier at the front. Not so great if you’ve got any breasts to speak of, but definitely something I would have passed off as a top when I was 15. Oh to be that age again with no concept of gravity!
This cage briefcase! Kinda looks like something you could make with chicken wire but I think it might be a little more complicated than that.
Skirt: same same but different right?
Cut outs are no longer clean and hemmed, now they’re slashed and torn. Makes it easy for the lazy DIYer!
Handcuff bracelet? Yes yes! You could spraypaint a plastic set but I’m not sure it would have the same visual effect. Perhaps some things are better left unDIYed?
I noticed a lot of jewelry box-like clutches on the streets this season, and I have to say I dig it. Even more when I can simply liberate mine from the nightstand and take it out for the evening.
For those of you worried about going whole hog into the plaid trend for fear of looking like a lumberjack, why not whack a few patches on your jeans instead? Although on second thoughts you may end up looking like a lumberjack who used old shirts to cover holes in your jeans… But, fashun!
Possibly the easiest DIY going around, add your favourite quote to the back of a khaki parka. For extra points, choose a quote from Shit Girls Say – ‘sorry I’m not sorry’ or something of the like.
The trench skirt has serious appeal this season, and those added polka dots? A bit of acrylic paint and bob’s your uncle.
One of my all-time multifunctional wardrobe pieces, the maxi skirt turns into a dress in the blink of an eye. I would add a belt to mine because, well, breasts.
A bit of white leather fringe goes a long way to modernise a simple white shirt. Totally going on my list!
Backless and bowed, does it get any better than this? Add an oversized bow once you get scissor (and thread) happy on a simple dress.
Adore this cut out sweater that for some reason reminds me of a roman cathedral. Looks pretty fiddly but can’t wait to make something like this soon!
How about replacing the back arm panels of your denim jacket with some crochet and tassels?
Crushing on anything tulle at the moment, and this layered skirt is right up my DIY alley.
A bit more inspiration for the wrapped mans shirt, totally going to have a play around in front of the mirror next chance I get.
Patches were the most DIYable trend on the streets this fashion week, the sillier the better. All you have to do is make sure you don’t burn yourself when you’re ironing them on (so pretty much anyone can make this).
Too much? Or just the right amount?
Patches: exhibit b.
This grommet mesh skirt is screaming out to me. But how would I make it? Thoughts please!
2nd May 2013
Many of you will think a stacked neck is merely about putting loads of jewelry on and leaving the house, but that’s only about a tenth of it – Drew (aka Dylanlex) has taken it to another level (read:artform) and I couldn’t be happier to share her secrets with you today. In the last year or so Drew and her sister have built a loyal following, inspiring stacked necks and perfect minimalist/logo tee/sport luxe outfits all over the world. Drew and I recently got chatting about our love of craftiness and neck jewels in particular, and it wasn’t long before we were feverishly planning her cameo here on A Pair & A Spare. Read on for a pro’s guide to the stacked neck.
- 5 or 6 necklaces that you are willing to break up, hit your local flea market to find bulk deals
- Jump Rings
- Stringing Wire (Metal or Rope)
- Extra Chain (in case length alteration is needed)
1. Pick the base necklace. The base necklace needs to hold the weight of the rest of the pieces, so make sure it is sturdy, the clasp is strong, and it has loops or holes where knots can be tied.
2. Take the second piece and center it on the base necklace. You will have to cut the excess on either sides of the necklace and attach Jump Rings. Cut 4” of stringing wire and tie the second piece to the base. The jump rings will help keep the conjoining parts secure, yet flexible so they don’t snap while wearing.
3. Select the third necklace and do the same as the second – center it. Cut the excess on either side if there is any and attach jump rings.
4. Attach on the other side with jump rings.
5. Work your way down the necklace, using jewelry wire to secure and making sure to use various types of necklace to create interesting textures.
6. Some necklaces you will have to cut to size and others, like chokers and other short necklaces, won’t need to be cut. Keep the leftovers for your next project!
7. Finally, attach large and eye catching pieces necklace to the bottom of the necklace to finish it off.
Voilà – a unique statement dylanlexneck is made!
To stay up to date with what Drew is wearing/making follow her on instagram @dylanlex, you can also tag your own stacked neck with #dylanlexneck to share your own creation with her!
2nd April 2013
With a litany of summer festivals around the corner, Coachella being just the first of many, it’s time to start planning our festival ensembles. I’m super happy to be provisionally booked in for Glastonbury again this year (although a freelancer can never plan too far ahead) and I’m going to be making the most of the opportunity to wear my silliest kit – fringe, frills and capes included. I recently had a crack at upgrading a simple knitted sweater to a festival essential – the fringed knit. Perfect for throwing over the top of a pair of denim cut offs when the sun goes down. This technique for fringing can also be used on a number of other items too – you could add it to the bottom of a skirt or around the neckline of a dress – winner!
1. Start by cutting the leather (or other material you are using) into pieces around 1 meter/yard long. I cut about 50 pieces.
2. To start your fringing, fold a piece of your chosen fringe material in half.
3. Loop it through the wool at the top middle near the neckline. Pull tight to secure.
4. Continue with this down the side of the sweater in a triangle shape – mine was great because it had the triangle in the pattern already – if yours doesn’t you can always use chalk to mark it. This is the point at which you may need some good (or bad) tv to watch as doing the fringe can take some time, but it’s definitely worth it!
5. Finish by doing the other side, making sure to mirror the pattern and angle. Voila!
I recently worked with one of my favourite brands to bring you a super cool festival inspired DIY (*cough sequins cough*) which I’ll be showing you in the next month so stay tuned.