How to Upcycle Music Festival Fashions From Your Closet

Firefly, Coachella, EDC Las Vegas and New York, along with countless other music festivals are popping up all over the place this summer and those tickets are expensive. You scrounge and save every penny to afford them so why waste money on your outfit when there could be one waiting to be created from old clothes in your closet?

This quick and easy task is especially great for those of us who like to procrastinate and wait until the last minute to find an outfit. In this step-by-step process, you will learn how to create a fierce music festival outfit and makeup look with clothes and products you already have on hand.

Step 1—We all have that one pair of jeans that we thought was cute at the time we bought them (you know… the bell-bottom pair) and now we have no idea what to do with them. This is the pair you will be altering. Remember those old screen-printed T-shirts from those stores on the boardwalk or from bargain bins at the mall that are shoved in the back of your closet? Choose one of these as the shirt you will alter, and you now have the base of the outfit you will be upcycling.

Step 2—Put on the jeans and with a pencil, mark where you will make your cut for the pants to become shorts. Then, mark out the pattern you would like to cut out of your shirt. In this case, I marked the chest cut-out with the bralette underneath to make sure it would be visible, as well as made a marking for how far I wanted the fringe to come up the shirt.

Step 3—Grab some fabric scissors and cut away! Feel free to add beads and any other embellishments you want.

Step 4—Now that your outfit is killing it, we need makeup to match. You won’t have to run to Sephora to grab that new Too Faced body glitter, you can make your own. Find a small container and pour in some loose glitter, then squeeze in a heaping tablespoon of aloe gel and mix it together. Test the mixture on your hand and add more glitter if need be.

Step 5—For the finishing touches to the outfit, don’t forget your shoes! As for the makeup, I recommend a colorful smokey eye, winged eyeliner, and a glitter liner cut crease.

You could spend money on makeup and clothes that you’ll just get hot and sweaty in and end up regretting it later or you could revamp old clothes you don’t care too much about anyway and focus more on your experiences while still looking spectacular. You don’t need five shirts from that beach you go to every summer since you were 10. Giving up one won’t hurt you!

Are you going to any music festivals this summer? Show us your upcycled festival looks and DIY body glitter. Don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista

How to Leave a Lasting Impression at Your Next Interview

You are filling out endless job and internship applications, feeling a never-ending despair slowly creeping up your spine when suddenly, your phone starts to ring. Finally, your perseverance has paid off; you have been selected for an interview with one of the top companies you applied to. You are feeling great until it suddenly hits you: what do you wear to an interview?

When thinking about professional attire many think of bland and boring ensembles, but with this outline, I am going to show you how to look trendy while still being professional.

Your face and your fashion choices are among the first things that are observed when you enter the room for an interview and can leave a lasting impression, so you want your first impression to be a great one. I derived my look from the current trend of cut-out shoulders, shift dress silhouettes, and light fabrics for summer. Finding the company policy on what workwear is appropriate can also prove to be a helpful guide when deciding between business casual or more formal attire.

The black cold shoulder dress is a very fashion-forward item in this moment. This piece does not need much in the way of jewelry and the hemline is not too short, which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. The ruffle detail around the upper chest and at the top of the sleeve with the higher neckline gives the dress enough detail in the front that large necklaces would clutter the neck. I did, however, add the silver watch with small crystal details as my chosen jewelry statement piece. You can never go wrong with a good timepiece. Black Coach flats provide the finishing touch from head to toe while also adding another flash of sparkle with the metal logo across the top.

Walking into an interview with a bulky backpack or pulling a ruined résumé out of a small purse is never an ideal situation. My go-to choice for a handbag that will still allow me to bring what I need for the interview is a black leather tote. This bag is large enough to fit a folder comfortably inside along with a planner that I like to take notes in during my interviews. This bag looks sleek and is my modern and feminine spin on the briefcase. My outfit is monochromatic because the company policy where I was interviewing has work attire set for three colors and black is one of them. When you are styling your interview outfit feel free to add a colorful statement necklace or colored sweater to bring a little pizzazz to your ensemble.

How will you give the professional interview attire a trendy update? Show us on social media! Don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista