Mastering the Art of Repurposed Sweaters
Start now, there’s a long sweater season ahead
That yesterday and Tuesday provided spring-like temperatures nearing 60 but that today has dropped back down to a rude 27 plus potential snow flakes seems cruel and manipulative in only a capacity made possible by one female entity who commonly goes by the moniker Mother Nature.
We’re tired, we’re cold and though we need them, we are definitely not trying to buy new sweaters, enter an alternative first pioneered by Amelia a few weeks ago when in a bout of unilateral competitiveness, she was determined to wear the same L.L. Bean sweater for what seemed like months but was actually just a few days. Photographed above you’ll find it in its intended state — navy blue and featuring little white somethings that may or may not (probably not, but then again this is Amelia we’re talking about) be sailboats.
At some point midway through the week, she started wearing the sweater inside out thus creating a brand new sweater (now it was white plus little navy somethings that may or may not have–you get the point), which got me thinking about all the other ways you can take your old sweaters and make them new without having to buy new ones during this last, nasty hump of winter.
So, without further ado, there’s:
The Cardigan: while you may be used to wearing it open and with something underneath it, why not try a) wearing it as a blouse with nothing underneath it? Add a fox face because why not? Conversely, you can also pair the sweater with any choker or necklace of your liking and pull the shoulders down to create an off-the-shoulder confection which is very right now if we may suggest so ourselves. (The sweater in this particular instance is by Fine Collection).
The Cropped V-neck: It’s true that this sweater is bad-as-ass-ass-(ass) on its own but sometimes that v gets in my way. Especially when I want to pair layer cropped sweater with a shirt underneath it or something. Why not just try wearing it backward and layering or delayering as you see fit? (Sweater by Rick Owens). Jackets work, shirts work, heck, try throwing a banjo in.
The Ol’ Changeroo: Take your favorite knit and wear it inside out. If anyone calls you out, just make like Alan Arkin and tell them to Argo-fuck themselves.
Did we leave many tips off? Tell us how you repurpose your shit in the comments below and leave photos for reference because you get to see us all the time and we have no idea what you look like.
Fair is fair.