How to Revive Worn Clothes and Shoes
These quick tricks will spiff things up―and save you money.
By Amanda Hinnant
Pants and Skirts
- For pants that cinch at the waist or are too short, have the waistband removed, so that they fit more loosely (and lower)
around the hips.
- To improve the break across your feet, or to detaper pant legs, have a one-inch slit made at the bottoms of the inseams.
- Shorten skirts to hit at or around the knee; it's a more classic length.
- A good cobbler can work miracles. But check the cost of resoling―a new pair of shoes might be cheaper.
- Have heels cut down if they're uncomfortably high.
- Rain-damaged shoes can be dyed back to their original color.
- Have sleeves removed or made three-quarter length for a more modern cut.
- Add darts to taper a boxy top or a vintage shirt with a great print.
- If there's a hole in a favorite sweater, save it by having it rewoven.
- Defuzz a pilly garment with a fabric shaver. Try the Brookstone fabric shaver, $25, brookstone.com.