Upcycling Your Wardrobe To Make Every Outfit Feel Like New

Upcycling Your Wardrobe To Make Every Outfit Feel Like New

Haven’t you heard? Fast fashion is out and re-wearing and upcycling is in. We’re currently in an era where sustainability is a hot topic on everybody's lips, especially when it comes to the fashion industry. While the spotlight continues to shine on overconsumption, many shoppers are looking for upcycling ideas to freshen up their wardrobes without turning to fast fashion for a one-time-wear fix.

Re-wearing and upcycling fashion trends aren’t an entirely new concept, though. After all, fashion is cyclical. But with the rise of social media platforms such as TikTok, the cyclical wheels of fashion are turning faster than ever. Do you often find yourself falling victim to buying a new outfit for every occasion? Not to worry, we’re here to give you some tips for men and women on upcycling clothes and making every outfit you wear feel brand new.

What does upcycle mean?

Upcycling is essentially taking something old and repurposing it to make it into something new or more modern. Vintage furniture has been upcycled for years, but more recently, fashion designers are turning to old, unworn pieces and deadstock materials to create their collections. But upcycling isn’t only for big designers, it’s something you can trial with pieces you have lying around at home to ramp up your wardrobe. 

Upcycle Last Seasons Wardrobe

Wondering how to upcycle clothes? Many people believe to achieve an upcycled wardrobe you have to be an expert at sewing. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not the case. Upcycling your wardrobe can be as easy as adding an embellishment to a t-shirt or removing the sleeves to make a vest. We’ve included our top 3 upcycling tips down below. 

Get creative with scissors

Got an old t-shirt that could use a bit of a refresh? Try cutting off the sleeves to make a vest, or chop into the neckline to create an elegant bardot or cold shoulder style. It’s important however when altering your clothing, that you use appropriate fabric scissors in order to get the best results. We recommend checking here to find out from the experts which scissors are right for you.

A flat lay image of three pairs of scissors, some colour thread and buttons.

Add your own artwork

Your style is a chance to show off your personality after all. Try adding a touch of your own personality by transferring some of your artwork onto a t-shirt or jacket. If you really want to make things your own, however, we recommend using fabric paint and free handing onto a denim jacket to achieve a grungy, 90’s look. This way, you’ll never be worried about running into someone wearing the same outfit as you!

To add artwork onto your clothing, you can use transfer paper, or if you’d like to get it done more professionally, you can take it to your local print shop and have them do it for you. You could also get your sewing kit out to add some elegant embroidery, or use fabric glue to add some subtle jewels for a glamorous touch.

Embellish your looks! 

The beauty of upcycling is that a t-shirt can go from minimal to maximalist with the help of something as simple as a broach. N.Peal’s selection of stunning cashmere t-shirts are perfect for elevating with a vintage broach, or even a new piece of jewelry to make your wardrobe staple look like new. 

Don’t Be Scared To Re-wear 

Many people are scared of being seen wearing the same outfit twice. But we’re here to tell you it’s time to break the stigma. Investing in pieces that can be easily elevated to go from the office to a fancy evening dinner is the new way to shop, our blog on men’s office to evening wear details just how men can do this. We get it, though, cutting down on your shopping habits can be scary, that’s why we have included our top tips for re-wearing your wardrobe down below. 

Jazz it up with jewelry and watches

Jewelry is an excellent way to add a new element to any outfit. Whether you like bold silver pieces or more dainty gold chains, something as simple as changing up your necklace, earrings or a statement watch can completely transform your look. We recommend investing in some high-quality basics to wear alongside your collection of jewelry, as a luxurious jumper can last you a lifetime. Check out N.Peal’s sumptuous collection here

Statement gold squared hoop earrings laid across a black black dress and placed besides a perfume and black heels.

Basics are your best friend 

We know shopping for basics might seem really boringBut choosing the right ones can make or break your outfits. Spending that little bit extra on a lavish t-shirt or timeless blazer can transform so many different outfits - making them look brand new every time. Not sure where to look? N.Peal’s curated collection of coats, jacketst-shirts and tops for both men and women should definitely be the first place you start. Our collection is made from 100% Mongolian cashmere that promises longevity and style with every wear. 

Style things up with a scarf or tie

Sometimes less is more. And there’s nothing more simple than adding a scarf or pashmina to your outfit to change things up. Whether you’re wanting to add a pop of color, or just another element to a low-key look, adding a scarf will bring a new dimension to an outfit you tend to have on rotation a lot. Looking to invest in a scarf that will last? Our selection of 100% cashmere scarves are available in various colors and patterns, and perfect for warming you up in the winter and draping over your shoulders in the summer months. In our opinion, they’re definitely a wardrobe must-have for men and women. 

A man in grey suit trousers, a navy knitted vest, white shirt and navy waterproof jacket, styled with a light grey tie. He is standing next to a Jeep.

And if a scarf isn’t enough, we also have a selection of luxurious cashmere ties to help switch up your work suit. Find an amazing range of ties in different patterns and colourways to help brighten up those dreary Monday morning meetings. 

Create a capsule wardrobe

Similar to styling basics, the fashion world is once again turning towards the capsule wardrobe as the perfect way to capture effortless style by using classic pieces that can be worn day-in, day-out. The aim is to encourage us to buy less whilst ultimately getting more out of our clothing.

With shoppers seeking luxurious high-quality items that not only go with everything, but truly last as 'investment' pieces, there has never been a better time to create a capsule wardrobe with N.Peal's cashmere collection. Read the N.Peal blog on how to create a capsule wardrobe that will last.

We hope we helped you find some inspiration to upcycle and re wear your wardrobe! If you’re looking to invest in any basics to help you along the way, have a browse of men and women's cashmere staples.