The seasonal change is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time to swap out our winter wardrobes for warm-weather wears. Rather than shop for an entirely new spring wardrobe—which fast fashion makes so easy despite how extremely toxic it is to our planet—why not recycle the clothes you already have?
You know, those pieces you just can’t let go of, but plan to retire after this season? Reinvent them, as opposed to shoving them to the back of your closet. We reached out to Bridgett Artise—the designer behind Born Again Vintage, a collection of fashion-forward, recycled garments—to lend us her expertise on reinventing our winter favorites to make them suitable for spring and summer.
With her line, Artise gives a new life to vintage pieces by combining them with the contemporary, taking the most standout elements of both to create unique, one-of-a-kind items—thus keeping as many garments out of landfills as possible. She and her brand are dedicated to sustainability, hoping to one day make it as common as fast fashion. She certainly knows her stuff, too. In fact, she’s written two books on the subject: Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways To Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe and the forthcoming book 27 Dresses, an inspirational guide to upcycling your formalwear (even your wedding dress!) into practical and wearable everyday garments.
Below, Artise gives us the how-to with plenty of chopping, sewing, and gluing involved. Combining DIY projects and sustainability efforts—what could be better?