When you think about the styles gracing the runway, affordability probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. While the models up on the catwalk are decked out in designer clothing that costs thousands of dollars, though, a lot of the looks can be recreated at a fraction of the cost. If you don’t have a celebrity bank account but want to dress like a star, here are a few affordable ways to recreate your favorite runway looks of 2021.
Crochet is back in a big way, and today’s runway styles are a far cry from your grandma’s crocheted dishcloths. Modern crochet clothing is chic and stylish with just a hint of ’70s flare. This year, many designers have capitalized on the crochet trend to create shirts, dresses and accessories. While the designer duds cost a small fortune, there are plenty of ways to get this look yourself at a much lower price.
For starters, crochet clothing is a huge trend this summer, and it’s showing up everywhere. Head to your favorite store and you’ll probably find some designer-inspired garments you’ll love at a price you can afford. If you are the creative type, though, why not crochet your own clothing? Crochet festival tops and halter tops are relatively quick and easy using basic crochet skills. There has been a huge resurgence in fiber arts in recent years, and hobbies like crocheting definitely aren’t just for little old ladies anymore!
If you love the look of ruffles, you’re in luck! Ruching is huge this spring and it’s a great way to add a soft, feminine touch to a shirt, skirt or dress. Designers like Tory Burch and Tom Ford love this look, and if you do, too, it’s surprisingly easy to achieve yourself.
With basic sewing skills, you can add ruching to your favorite garments. All you need is a sewing machine, thread, elastic and a few pins. You will also, of course, need a ruler or a measuring tape to measure everything out. Check out the full tutorial here. There are other methods of ruching, too, but this tutorial is one of the easiest available and is perfect for beginners.
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Tie-dye is one of the hottest trends of the season. From t-shirts to tote bags, it’s showing up everywhere. Tie-dyeing clothing certainly is not new. Variations of this technique for dying fabric have been around since ancient times. The brightly colored swirls and patterns that often come to mind when we think of tie-dye have gone in and out of style in the U.S. over the past several decades. Even when it’s not “in,” it is never really far from mind.
If you want to add tie-dyed garments and accessories to your wardrobe, making them yourself is always a great option. With some white cotton t-shirts, tote bags, bandanas, etc. and a tie-dye kit, you can make one-of-a-kind creations that you’ll love showing off around town. Tie-dyeing tends to be a bit messy, but it’s a fun project for people of all ages. It’s also a super-affordable way to get the looks you love when you’re working on a tight budget.
You can also save on tie-dye clothing by buying in bulk. Sure, there are currently fashion designers and brands that are selling basic tie-dye t-shirts for $100+. Other than the name tag attached to them, though, they’re no different than any other apparel. When you buy in bulk, you can get shirts with the vibrant colors you love for under $5 per piece. Instead of spending all your money on just one designer top, you can fill your entire closet with fashionable pieces when you buy wholesale!
Bike shorts aren’t just for, well, riding your bike. At least not in 2019. This spring and summer, these fitted bottoms are a popular choice to pair with oversized tops. Fashion models have also been spotted on the runway wearing bike shorts with fitted tanks and chunky belts. They can be styled in all sorts of ways. So, whether you’re going for a sporty or a chic look, they’re a great option. Plus, they do a great job of keeping wearers cool on hot summer days!
Getting the look for less is pretty easy when it comes to this trend. Hit up the athletic wear section at your favorite clothing store or big box retailer. They’ll most likely have at least a few pairs of bike shorts to choose from at super low prices.
Plain, dark-colored bike shorts are popular right now, so you don’t need to worry about embellishing them. Typically, this look is all about pairing the simple shorts with a top that makes more of a statement. If you want to spice them up a bit, though, you could always embroider on a design or add cute trim around the leg openings. You could even combine two of the season’s hottest trends by tie-dyeing a pair of white bike shorts!
If you love the runway looks but can’t afford to drop hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a single garment, there are plenty of ways to get the latest looks for less. Shop for wholesale clothing—like t-shirts—and customize it using tie-dye techniques or ruching to recreate runway looks. Many retailers also, of course, create their own designs based on the hottest runway trends. When you are trying to achieve a fashion-forward look at an affordable price, spend some time shopping around to find the best deals.
Since things like crochet, tie-dye and ruching are in this year, it’s a perfect time for creative fashionistas. Instead of spending a fortune on pre-made designer duds, create one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to turn heads using your own two hands. After all, who says your own fashion designs can’t be just as good as the ones from the big-name designers?