How to Upcycle Music Festival Fashions From Your Closet

July 27th, 2017 at 2:00am

Firefly, Coachella, EDC Las Vegas and New York, along with countless other music festivals are popping up all over the place this summer and those tickets are expensive. You scrounge and save every penny to afford them so why waste money on your outfit when there could be one waiting to be created from old clothes in your closet?

This quick and easy task is especially great for those of us who like to procrastinate and wait until the last minute to find an outfit. In this step-by-step process, you will learn how to create a fierce music festival outfit and makeup look with clothes and products you already have on hand.

Step 1—We all have that one pair of jeans that we thought was cute at the time we bought them (you know… the bell-bottom pair) and now we have no idea what to do with them. This is the pair you will be altering. Remember those old screen-printed T-shirts from those stores on the boardwalk or from bargain bins at the mall that are shoved in the back of your closet? Choose one of these as the shirt you will alter, and you now have the base of the outfit you will be upcycling.

Step 2—Put on the jeans and with a pencil, mark where you will make your cut for the pants to become shorts. Then, mark out the pattern you would like to cut out of your shirt. In this case, I marked the chest cut-out with the bralette underneath to make sure it would be visible, as well as made a marking for how far I wanted the fringe to come up the shirt.

Step 3—Grab some fabric scissors and cut away! Feel free to add beads and any other embellishments you want.

Step 4—Now that your outfit is killing it, we need makeup to match. You won’t have to run to Sephora to grab that new Too Faced body glitter, you can make your own. Find a small container and pour in some loose glitter, then squeeze in a heaping tablespoon of aloe gel and mix it together. Test the mixture on your hand and add more glitter if need be.

Step 5—For the finishing touches to the outfit, don’t forget your shoes! As for the makeup, I recommend a colorful smokey eye, winged eyeliner, and a glitter liner cut crease.

You could spend money on makeup and clothes that you’ll just get hot and sweaty in and end up regretting it later or you could revamp old clothes you don’t care too much about anyway and focus more on your experiences while still looking spectacular. You don’t need five shirts from that beach you go to every summer since you were 10. Giving up one won’t hurt you!

Are you going to any music festivals this summer? Show us your upcycled festival looks and DIY body glitter. Don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista