leaf shirt

The crisp, cool days of Autumn are just around the corner, which means it’s almost sweater weather!  Fall fashions are some of my favorites.  I can enjoy the coziness of soft corduroys, pretty scarves, and chunky sweaters without having to cover them up with a heavy coat.  If your own wardrobe needs some updates for the 2011 Fall fashion season, don’t go on a spending spree just yet.  Check out these great ideas for rocking what you’ve already got so that you can be both frugal and fashionable.

1.  Layered Leaf Tee

Jennifer has posted a fantastic tutorial for this festive fall t-shirt over at Hope Studios.  This is a perfect way to upcycle tees that may have stains or small holes.  It’s an easy, almost no-sew solution to recreating a trendy dimensional look–with long sleeves for cooler temperatures!

2.  T-Shirt Ruffled Scarf

Speaking of t-shirts, here’s a way to turn that pile of old ones in the back of your husband’s closet into pretty cool-weather accessories for yourself.  At Vermillion Rules, Bethany demonstrates just how easy that is to do, with an illustrated tutorial.

3.  Shirt Turned Purse

Have shirts that you used to love, but for whatever reason you aren’t wearing, anymore?  You can continue to enjoy them as purses, thanks to the idea shared at Craft Buds by Mary.  What a fantastic idea!

4.  Versatile Cardi

Guest blogger Katy Dill shares the secrets to making this gorgeous cardigan over at Luvinthemommyhood.  It’s the perfect way to wear a sweater you made yourself, without have to learn how to knit!  I love the way it can be worn in more than one way.

5.  Wrap-Around Belt

Extend your wardrobe options by tying on a wrap-around fabric belt to add a punch of color or pattern to an otherwise ho-hum outfit.  Amy of Positively Splendid shows how to create your own.  Use fabric you already have on hand for an extra-thrifty option, or coordinate new fabrics with last season’s clothing for a money-saving wardrobe update.  This sash belt would look great with the cardigan sweater above!

Which item of clothing are you most excited to start wearing as summer winds down?

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