Revamp Your Wardrobe and Save the Planet

Everything in your cupboard has life.

One of my closest friends and fashion designer – Anuj Sharma has taught me not to waste anything. All fabric is energy and in this time, we all need to do our part and be green!

The first thing to do is set aside a few hours.

What you will need:

- Your bedroom with some good music playing

- Get the name and number of a shop that will dye clothes for you

- Get hold of a tailor you can go to for small alterations

- Enrol your mother into the project and ask her to do the same and pass you all the saris and outfits that she no longer likes.

-Take everything out of your wardrobes and boxes and suitcases. Put them all on your bed and start making piles.

- Inspect each piece and try them on as well.

-Keep your belts and heels handy as you know they can change the look or almost anything.

Now comes the hard part – you have to be strong and brutally honest here.

If you will not be caught dead leaving the house in something, please put it in Pile A

If you won’t want to go for a job interview, business meeting with potential clients, meet a guy you fancy, or bump into your ex in a piece of clothing, it goes into Pile A

Pile B is for the pieces you absolutely love.

Now look through each piece from Pile A and see if  you can create Pile C from there. This is for the ones that you are not sure of and they could be saved with some TLC (Tender Loving Care)

1)   Stained or dull cotton/chiffon/silk can be easily dyed a new colour to give it new life. My favourite WHITE chickan chiffon (dress became my favourite emerald dress! Looked brand new (See Inset)

2)   White work shirts and t-shirts that have become yellowish – dye them! Blue, Green, black – any colour will do and you will get a whole new life from it.

3)   Check if lose or tight pieces can be altered?

4)   See if you want to cut a dress you are bored of into a top and add a band or elastic at the bottom.

5)   Old jeans can be cut into trendy capris

6)   Tops that just don’t sit right on your boobs- get a tailor to stitch in one of your bras on the inside.

Learn to mix and match. You would be surprised at how many new ensembles you can come up with when you are daring enough to “break the set”.

Indian Outfits and saris can also be revamped. Trends and fashion come back as lace and leopard print have in a huge way.

My mum gave me a sari of hers that was in her Trousseau – 46 years old and it had white genuine leather appliqué work on it. I got a beautiful gold beaded choli made and that gave this sari a whole new life. It gets me more compliments that I would get wearing a brand new Tarun or Sabya.

I found my old wedding sari and lehengas from the other functions of my huge sindhi wedding of 22 years ago and I managed to turn some of the cholis into really sexy tops to wear with new plain saris or even on jeans to go out clubbing.

I turned some of the lehengas and saris into beautiful ethnic 16inch x 16inch cushion covers that look absolutely stunning in the living room and bedroom.

Dupattas can be used as bed-runners on your bed to give your room that added moghul look.

When you are done and you have a few pieces that are truly not salvageable, give them away to someone to whom it would be a brand new wardrobe instead of leaving it in your cupboard.

The space and freshness you will create in your wardrobe will make getting dressed every day a pleasure not to mention the act of generosity and a new wardrobe without breaking the bank.

- Malti Bhojwani

Malti Bhojwani is the founder of Multi Coaching International, a certified and experienced life coach, NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming), workshop leader and published author. She designs unique workshops for schools and corporates internationally and coaches individuals by phone where her clients have lost weight, found partners,started new businesses, gotten over past relationships and changed their lives using her skills and powerful exercises.

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