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This Woman Upcycles Old Clothes Into Stylish Outfits (20 Pics)

Published 2 months ago

Jillian Owens, aka Refashionista, is a 38-year-old fashion blogger from South Carolina who upcycles old thrift store clothes into amazing stylish outfits. In a recent interview with Bored Panda, the woman said she started creating these outfits around 10 years ago when she was working for a nonprofit and didn’t have enough money to buy high-end clothes. And even though she lacked the money, she certainly did not lack creativity. “I decided to take on the ugliest, saddest, and cheapest (just about everything I refashion costs $1) thrift store clothes I could find and turn them into my own unique designs,” said Jillian.

 At first, the woman started out with just a basic sewing machine stored on top of the fridge of her tiny apartment but nowadays she has her own dedicated sewing room. Eventually, Jillian started the Refashionista blog where she shared her work with the world, seeking to inspire people who had little money or were simply looking for a creative hobby. “I want people to look at my blog and be inspired to start thinking more creatively about how they can solve problems they might have (just like I did with my wardrobe),” says the blogger. “We’re all creative. We’re all makers. And we can all take things that aren’t working in our lives (for instance, a lackluster wardrobe) and find creative and innovative ways to make them better.”

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When thrifting, Jillian looks for weird, dated, or otherwise unique items as she believes they have the most potential. “From there, I wash the garment, then evaluate what it will need to be refashioned. Sometimes this means completely taking something apart and re-imagining it entirely. Sometimes it’s as simple as removing a ruffle or raising a hem. It all depends on each unique piece,” says the woman.

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The fashion blogger believes that creativity is like a muscle. “Lots of people think they aren’t creative, and I don’t believe them. There’s something about the ‘adulting’ process that seems to leave creativity and the bravery that comes from it behind,” pondered Jillian. “Creative problem solving is a vitally important skill in our society. I feel like every time I refashion a dress, I’m solving a problem, and that’s an incredibly rewarding and empowering feeling.” The woman believes that solving these small problems can help train your brain to look creatively at larger problems.

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“We all know that how you dress is important. It affects what others think of you and how you’re treated. I don’t like it, but it’s sadly true,” said Jillian. “Fashion can be democratized when we take a DIY approach to how we clothe ourselves. We can look great on the cheap and without supporting unethical fast fashion processes. We can all look fabulous while still being sustainable. That’s what Refashionista is all about.”

See more of the Refashionista’s outfits in the gallery below and don’t forget to check out our previous post here!

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Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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