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Mar

Stylize and customize

MAKING do with what we have is what most of us will be considering in these current tough times. The days of throwaway fashion are well and truly over and I believe we are starting to look at our wardrobes in a different way.

However, with clever customising, last year’s wardrobe doesn’t have to look quite so, well, last year.

Making over your clobber is so easy. Well that’s what the Zolibeau sisters told me when I recently met up with them. Sarah and Julia, along with their mother Linda, started Zolibeau in the summer of 2009.

They loved searching charity shops for clothing to up-cycle but were unhappy with mainstream fashion. They wanted to promote ethical lifestyle choices and to make beautiful items that wouldn’t look out of place in any fashion boutique from discarded clothes or fabric.

Zolibeau has a number of workshops planned in the Cardiff area. The next one is called Stylize and Customize and is on Friday, April 13. It offers something a bit different as it’s a combination of styling and customising rolled into one and is an ideal opportunity for fashion lovers to learn how to totally transform clothing into something new and exciting. The workshop is open to anyone and tickets cost £25 for a full day.

They’re also very excited to be showcasing their new collections at Wales’ premier clothes swapping event Style Swap, which is to be held on Sunday, April 29 at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff.

With millions of tonnes of clothes going to landfill each year, the solution has to be to recycle and get more wear out of them by keeping them stylish.

Reduce: Buying higher quality clothes in classic styles that will not go out of fashion quickly is a great way to reduce your clothing waste and the environmental impacts associated with the manufacturing of new clothes. Buying second-hand clothes is also a great way to reduce your environmental impact.

Reuse: Always look after your clothes and repair them when they get damaged. If you get bored with your clothes or they no longer fit, you can also alter, customise them or rework them.

Recycle: Try swapping, selling or donating your old clothes to charity. If it’s no longer wearable you can also take it to a clothing bank and it can be recycled as rags.

Top tips for recycling:

You don’t need to be able to sew. By using techniques such as cutting, ripping and dying, it’s easy to update clothing even if you’ve never been near a sewing machine before.

Look at damaged clothes with fresh eyes. Got a cardigan with holes in the sleeve? The short-sleeved cardi is huge this season, so cut off the sleeves and edge in contrasting wool.

Slash a dated turtleneck into a plunging one.

Transform a maxi skirt into a mini or pencil by raising the hem.

Cut off trousers to make into culottes or ankle skimmers.

That boring cream shirt can easily be dyed in the washing machine with this season’s vibrant purples and reds.

Embellishment is an easy way to update – try sequin flowers and stars.

More is more. Add a fur collar or cuffs, or think feathers, buttons and bows.

Add jewels to cheap plain flats.

For more information about the Zolibeau workshops or Style Swap visit www.zolibeau.com and www.thestyleteam.com



Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/style-and-shopping-in-wales/2012/03/01/stylize-and-customize-by-wenda-james-rowe-91466-30434684/#ixzz1oBIwGCiS


 
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