Pin This: Warm up for Spring with a new Spring wardrobe. Upcycled garments are becoming more popular as people look for creative ways to reuse discarded materials.
Learn about repurposing upcycled garments here.
In recent months upcycling waste to highlight our consumption of raw materials has become a circular economy debate. The popular pressure nowadays for the fashion industry to come up with advertising and interesting process to make the consumer aware they are serious about environmental impacts that the fashion industry and textile companies have on mother earth.
Fast fashion has an immense impact on the carbon footprint used when creating a hair tie, using fabric glue and creating t-shirts. There are some designers within Europe like the small luxury brand Clothes That My Mother Wore has tapped into elastic resources.
How can pieces of clothing or a certain textile-like elastic be created in an amazing way such as a chunky knit cardigan?
Luxury knitwear designer Mihaela explains,
Yes, it’s elastic, that’s the whole idea, using “ poor” material or something you would never use or think of for a piece like this and turning it into this masterpiece, mixed with the gold it really looks almost royal.
As my husband described it, “ outlandish “
Even without the gold, with the elastic, I wanted to show how we can use old or new materials of different types and engineer them into something stunning.
From a retail perspective, this is an ingenious way of using an end of the elastic that may have been originally sourced for sewing into a seam. But in this case, intertwining it with gold thread and a pair of scissors is a nice way to turn it into a stunning cardigan.
So if you have an old dress or elastic in your drawers or have elastic no longer needed for a top of the skirt be inspired and with a safety pin start experimenting with a simple fold. How many face masks would it take to recreate an upcycling item? To then put it on your Instagram feed or story which is popular nowadays to get an instant reaction from your cult followers.
Elastic Style Tips
This elastic gold and noir cardigan are just beautiful and very different. I love the different knit shapes used to create such an art piece. It is a work of art that can also be used as a prop in my bedroom. It is far too gorgeous and rare to be tucked away in cardboard.
I have a pair of jeans which is still in good shape but when I add this cardigan to it. This ready to wear cardigan is a show stopper. I also love to team it with my linen layered skirt which gives it a super chic look. I can also team it with leather trousers for an edgy look. A vintage Dior inspired skirt would look fabulous with this too.
Vintage Prada 1970’s Dress
I teamed the cardigan with my vintage Prada pleated uniform dress, whilst reviewing Grand Universe Lucca hotel here in Tuscany.
I used it as an art feature within the hotel settings. How amazing does it look?
Due to its uniqueness when I am not wearing it. I make sure it’s an art prop within my bedroom.
Over the next few weeks, I will show you how I am wearing this amazing cardigan. At this stage, I just love wearing it on my Tuscan Estate.
Chunky And Outlandish
This chunky outlandish upcycling masterpiece is why I chose it. I am all about inspiring women to never follow trends but to be the trend.
No one in the world unless you too buy it can rock a cardigan like this. As a mother of two, I know my two daughters will be wearing it in the future. As a sustainable example to my girls. The message is clear, they one day will be trending this cardigan boasting that:
I am wearing, Clothes That My Mother Wore!