DIY: 10 Easy Wardrobe Updates For Fall

Ten clever, easy-to-do DIY clothing revamp projects to update and transition your wardrobe into fall.

Labor day may have officially signaled the end of summer, but its not quite time to go out and buy fall clothing yet. Skip the store and scratch the itch to buy something new by revamping your existing clothes with these 10 easy-to-do DIY wardrobe updating projects.

Lace-up Heels
Bring your summer pumps right into fall by transforming them into lace-up heels. It’s surprisingly easy to do with just a handful of supplies, Runway DIY shows how. Wear a pair of socks underneath and you can rock these until the snow starts falling.

Givenchy Boots
The first time I saw these boots I thought they looked kind of awkward. I still sort of do, but the fashion elite seems to have taken quite a liking to the Givenchys. Instead of coughing up serious cash for the real things, take a pair of wedge heels you never use and make your own versions. Check out this tutorial by Syl and Sam to learn how.

Gladiator Lace-up Sandals
Now that summer is officially over, it’s time to retire those flip flops for the season. Instead of putting them away in a box, however, do like Glitter N Glue and wrap them in a scarf to turn them into pretty lace-up sandals, perfect to wear with ankle-length pants this early fall.

Studded Knee Cap Jeans
Inspired by one of Christopher Kane’s runway looks, this DIY tutorial by Chictopia shows you how to make a regular pair of jeans into a true statement piece. You can, of course, put the studs wherever you want on a pair of jeans, but we think the knee cap placement kind of rocks.

Stitched Open-knit Sweater
The loose, open-knit sweater was all the rage this summer, and to take it into fall all you really need is some yarn and an hour to spare. Check out this brilliant tutorial by Inspiration and Realisation and get out those stitching needles. Because you already know how to make the T-shirt Yarn.

Gold Collar
Collars are still going strong this fall, and they are a great way to instantly update any shirt. This one by A Pair and a Spare is super easy to make, and probably more wearable than the Louis Vuitton piece that inspired it.

Embellished Collar
This fall, we won’t only see more of those removable collars (see above) but also lots of embellished collars on the shirts themselves. It’s a fun update to a wardrobe staple and could really look spectacular. This tutorial by Love Maegan shows you how to transform the collar of your favorite shirt to make it seriously glamorous.

Embellished Skirt
This fall is all about embellishment, and there is almost no such thing as too much. This DIY tutorial by P.S. I Made This shows you how to take a plain skirt from ordinary to fabulous by embellishing it with lace trim.

Cut-out T-shirt
Fall is all about layering, and you can start right now with lighter weight pieces. This DIY T-shirt project by Refinery29 shows you how to quickly and easily cut up a regular tee to make it look all desiger-y. And, it’s perfect for layering.

Geometric Beaded Top
Inspired by Burberry Prorsum’s tees embellished with wood beads, Inspiration and Realisation made their own version of this hot fall trend. The beads can be painted any color and cut into any shape, so the possibilities are endless. We love that they used upcycled popsicle sticks, we all probably have some of those laying around after summer.

Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.