It’s almost September, which means the weather gets cooler, the sale signs start going up, and the slumbering shopaholic inside of me begins to stir. My philosophy has always been: New school year, new look. And I’ll admit it — I’ve kept this motto even after I graduated.
But since buying a whole new wardrobe is out of the question (I’m trying to be more responsible here, come on), I go for the option that doesn’t cost a ton of money. Accessories. I love how they can enhance your otherwise plain wardrobe, and — like it or not –they can make or break an entire outfit.
In past years, I scoured Etsy and Piperlime to buy every must-have accessory for fall. Headbands, necklaces, bracelets, you name it. But this year, I had a thought. Rather than clicking “buy” and waiting forever for it to come in the mail, what if I was crafty enough to make them myself?
Using expert tips from stylist and fashion editor Stephanie Rygorsky, I came up with five different accessories that play up 2011 fashion trends — from a vintage headpiece to a shirt necklace. Making your own accessories can really give you that “something-something” to put an extra bounce in your step when you go back to school; and come the first day of class, you’ll have no worries of clashing with someone else. Plus, all of these materials can be found for super cheap at a craft store, so you won’t break your budget, no matter how small it is. Now, are you ready to become an accessory-maker extraordinaire? Let’s get started.