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Published on: 10 Dec 2016 by sophia-addison
We live in a society of convenience and carbon copied magazine page fashion. We often strive to look as much like the societal expectation of beauty that we forget to have our own style and uniqueness. Even teens seeking out a sense of unique expression seem to follow a singularly defined deviance pattern that negates the concept of individuality that so urgently seeks release. So how does a woman express her actual unique sense of style, personality and expression without shattering the narrowly defined expectations of societies dress code? No matter how much we say we want to be completely unique the lack of connectivity and societal rejection that can accompany true uniqueness is not really desirable, instead we want much smaller expressions of individuality that keep us comfortably within the social construct. We want to fit style norms, while still looking for recognition of our own contributions. We look for ways to push the boundaries without breaking them, we all want to start the next trend, be recognized for something beyond ordinary and express our desires for craftiness and creativity even when our hands are not trained to create what our minds conceive. There are many ways to take normal to the extraordinary.
*lace fabric can be added to simple solid colored tops, handbags or dresses as a simple pocket or cut into shapes and applied asappliqué accents. This process is really rather simple and can add tremendous texture and beauty to any outfit. The lace fabric appliqué can be sewn on by hand, by machine, or can be glued using fabric fixatives. Lace fabric is so versatile that it can also be added as an overskirt layer to bring a simple dress or skirt into a more formal and style forward textured realm. Not only does this express your individuality it creates a garment that is a one of a kind original designer piece you can be proud of wearing. When people ask where you got such a garment you can tell them about how you added the eye catching elements to a simple design yourself and it is quite possible that your craftiness will inspire others to get crafty on their own wardrobe.
*Never underestimate the power of a little sparkle. When looking to add a little something to your wardrobe sewing on a sprinkling of crystal beads, shiny bugle beads, or sew on sequins can make something truly magical happen. You will be sure to catch a few looks with a bit of shine added to a simple v-neck t-shirt or the hemline of your skirt. It doesn’t take much to turn basic into beautiful. Simple sewing skills are not out of style and can be the difference between boring and stunning. The addition of such elements doesn’t have to cost much, can be done using found, up-cycled bits and baubles and found fabrics. Some of the most amazing things can happen when you take parts of vintage garments such as rhinestones, beaded applique, or lace trim pieces and sew them to new garments. You can even add sequins or beads to your hand made lace fabric appliqué. The sky and your own imagination are truly limitless. Uniqueness is highly valued, yet difficult to achieve without getting your hands and heart involved in the process. One cannot simply buy unique from a retail store.
*Add buttons to your clothes just for fun pops of color and a sense of whimsy. Not all of your crafty additions have to be elegant or classy. Sometimes in life we simply have to do fun things. When working with kids clothes this is extremely desirable. It is also easy to add beads to buttons to make them look like little flowers. The perfect simple addition to the pocket of a pair of jeans or the lapel of a top you love.
You don’t have to be a carbon copy and you can really enjoy some creative fun while elevating your look to fit your own individual and unique personality. Take your look and your style up a notch with simple touches and creative additions that will set you apart just enough to make you smile.