Personal Style: Customizing Your Wardrobe

Not all your personal style desires can be fulfilled solely by the offerings of high street shops and designer boutiques; wearing something straight off the rack can sometimes lack je ne sais quoi and leave you feeling uninspired. The solution to this sartorial predicament is to transform your clothes and fine-tune them to your liking by customizing them.

One of the easiest ways to modify a piece of clothing is to simply change the buttons. The original buttons on this cropped black jacket were substituted with textured white buttons that add color contrast as well as a playful touch.

Fabric necklaces are an easy (and detachable!) way to add interest to simple items. The black lace necklace placed under the collar of this silk orange top works both as a separate accent as well as an inherent part of the top.

When it comes to tights, why choose between two designs when you can wear them together? These creative DIY statement tights show that stripes and polka dots make for a delightfully mismatched pairing.

Customizing is an easy way to individualize your clothes and make your look all your own. This eccentric, eye-catching outfit showcases the power of personalizing your pieces and illustrates how small tweaks can add character and whimsy.

-Reem Buhazza

Photographs by Kateri Quirk

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid 

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Cropped Jacket: SOAS Vintage Market, Boston.

2. Shirt: N.W.3 by HOBBS, similar here.

3. Skirt: Free People, similar here.

4. Tights: Topshop and Asos, similar here and here.

5. Necklace: Topshop, similar here.

6. Oxford Shoes: Aldo.


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