Part 5- Repair and Reinvent

Recession Proof Your Wardrobe

TLC and Reinvention

While you were shopping your closet, remember that pile for repairs? Well go get it from the back of your closet- I know you put it there. Now asses what needs work. Get your male friend or grandma to play tailor. Hems are simple, make a mark on the jacket or pant- don’t forget to try the pants on with heels! I suggest you hold off on a coat until you make a trip to the trimmings district. If your clothing just needs a little freshening up purchase some dry cleaning cloths. Once you drop off your things to the tailor and dry cleaner, this is where the fun stuff begins.

Reinvent your pieces

I am not very crafty, but I do like to add a twist to pieces that I have had for a long time that I refuse to abandon. This is where a daytrip to the Trimmings District gets fun. Located east of the Garment District B’way- Fifth Avenue from W.36th to West 40th. In these concentrated blocks, you will find great shops that carry buttons, ribbons, cording, tassels, belt buckles- you name it. This is where the frustrated fashion designer in you comes out. Can’t let go of that long wool black coat? Jazz it up with some gaudy gold buttons and gold trim. Even better- purchase some ritzy fabric and have the lining resewen. I suggest you hit the bargain bin for a wild print. Don’t know what to do with that black shift? Throw a silk flower on the shoulder and voila- can we say Carrie Bradshaw. The blazer you wear to look grown- Have the lapel and pockets trimmed with leather. I have listed a few shops below that will get your imagination running overboard- wait and see! Plus, the great thing about reinventing your pieces is that it’s inexpensive. Cording starts as little as $1 a yard and buttons go for 50 cents.
I just had an idea- when it gets warmer, I may have a daytrip to the Trimmings district- stay posted!

All right recessionistas, this draws a close to my five part series on recession proofing your wardrobe. I hope these tips will help you feel fashionable in this very shaky economy. Remember vanity is budget friendly! Stay tuned for next week’s post on Holiday Party dressing and my annual Gift Guide!

P.S. Here goes some great stores to pick up buttons and trimmings

M&J Trimming

1008 Sixth Avenuebetween

Store HoursMon - Fri : 9:00 - 7:00

saturday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 Sunday : 12:00 - 5:00
Phone Number1-800-9-MJTRIM

Pacific Trimming
218 W. 38th


M-F 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Sat 10:00 am - 6 pm

Daytona Braids and Trimming
251 W. 39th Street (near Eighth Ave.)

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Closed Sundays

LouLou Buttons

69 W. 38th Street (near 6th Avenue)

Mon- Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Botani Buttons

263 W. 36th Street


Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.