Let's face it, sometimes, our closets need a little pick-me-up, but buying new clothes isn't always an option. That's where this article comes in! I'm a massive fan of alternative fashion because it's all about expressing your personality with bold patterns, bright colors, and unique fits.
However, finding affordable and fitting options can be tough, especially for plus-size goths like me. DIY punk fashion is the perfect solution because it can help you personalize your favorite outfits and ensure that you're comfortable and stylish, no matter your body type. So, if you're ready to make a bold statement with your wardrobe, I have some tips and DIY ideas to share!
START WITH SOME GOOD BASICS.
Before getting too wild with DIY techniques, make sure your closet has solid basics like what you would want in your capsule wardrobe as a foundation. My go-to staples are black leggings, oversized graphic tees that I’ve made, and stylish black boots. These pieces are easy to customize with accessories and DIY techniques since they are typically plain or lack patterns. Old Navy and Walmart offer affordable basic options, but thrift stores are the best sustainable and budget-friendly options to find deals.
FIGURE OUT YOUR COLOR PALETTE.
When it comes to alternative fashion, color is key. To find inspiration, head to Pinterest and check out the fashion icons that catch your eye. Let the words they use to describe their outfits guide your search.
Figure out your color palette to make the most of your budget, and mix and match everything in your closet. You can try this quick color palette quiz from Cladwell that is surprisingly good as guessing your color based on your eye color, skin tone, and hair.
Bold colors like hot pink, bright green, and electric blue can make your wardrobe pop, but edgier shades like burgundy, forest green, and purple can also add serious style. Don't forget about softer colors like those in the pastel goth trend. Whatever your style, have fun with it and try something new!
UPCYCLE WITH TIE DYE, FABRIC PAINT, AND BLEACHING.
Tying-dyeing and bleach painting are my go-to techniques when adding a little funk to my wardrobe. For tie-dyeing, check out some tutorials that involve twisting and tying your clothes with rubber bands before dying them with vibrant colors. If you feel extra artsy, use fabric and leather paint markers to add doodly elements to your clothes.
But my absolute favorite technique has to be bleach painting! It's the most alternative and badass-looking, in my opinion. You can use stencils or freehand designs for a more unique and handmade feel. This works best on black clothing and can be done on anything from t-shirts to dresses. Trust me, your wardrobe will never be the same!
ADD FUN TEXTURES AND PATTERNS.
Consider checkers, plaid, and other textured patterns if you want to add an element of grunge to your alternative wardrobe. These can take your outfits to the next level, especially regarding your bottoms, like jeans, skirts, and dresses.
And don't forget about leather, lace, and mesh for a sexier but “I could destroy you” look. These materials are perfect for adding some alternative flair to your outfits.
I can't get enough of yellow plaid, and I have just about every type of bottom in that pattern, so whether you're into bold checkers or delicate lace, mix and match textures and patterns to create your unique alternative style.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR BAND T-SHIRTS.
Band t-shirts are a must-have for any rock fashion lover, but finding your favorite band tees in plus sizes can be a real pain. But have you considered customizing and making your own t-shirts? It's easier than you think!
You can buy pre-made designs on Etsy that you can iron onto your shirts, or you can get some fabric paint and create your own unique designs. And if you're feeling fancy, you can even use a projector to trace out your favorite band's logo or image for a super polished look.
Just remember not to sell anything you don't have the copyright to - it's one thing to make a tee for yourself, but selling it for a profit is illegal.
UPCYCLE OLD CLOTHING
Instead of donating your unused clothes, have you considered upcycling them to create new, unique pieces? It's a great way to refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank. For instance, you can turn old jeans into the perfect cutoff shorts or add patches to cover up stains or rips. You can even add studs to an old jacket or shoes to give them some extra edge.
And if you want to make things fit your body type better, you can simply cut off parts of the clothing, like cropping t-shirts like I did this Hail Pizza shirt I made by shortening the sleeves and bottom. Upcycling not only helps you create a more personalized wardrobe, but it's also an eco-friendly way to reduce textile waste.
USE ACCESSORIES TO MAKE A STATEMENT.
Fall is the perfect season for layering up your emo fashion and creating a unique look that screams, "I have my shit together." But it's not just about throwing on a white T-shirt under a sweatshirt - you need to get creative with your accessories.
Socks and tights are a must-have, especially when you mix and match knee-high socks with different fishnet patterns. Even a small peek of fishnet showing through ripped jeans can add a punk touch to your outfit. For tights, I highly recommend Snag Tights for a wide range of sizes and styles.
When it comes to jewelry, I like to mix silver and gold and go for pieces that could double as weapons, such as spikes and studs. And never underestimate the power of a scarf, bandana, or hat to complete your outfit. If you're on a budget, places like Spencer's and Hot Topic have great options for these accessories. So before you head out this fall, remember to layer up and accessorize like a boss.