STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Do-It-Yourself Accessories

There’s no way around it: it’s Monday. You’re tired and groggy. You don’t want to go to class, but you don’t want to go home, either – your room is a complete mess from the weekend’s festivities. Although the obligatory clean up is dread-inducing, take advice from this Fashionista and create a great accessory out of your rubbish. See that awesome bracelet she’s wearing? It’s made of about 20 pop tabs, clear elastic string and beads.

According to her, all you need to do is “bead about a foot and a half of string, and interweave it in a criss-cross pattern until you get your desired bracelet length. Then you just tie it on the ends.”
The way she mixes homespun accessories with store-bought ones is clever and chic. Her multi-strand necklace and messenger bag combined with a loose-fitting off-the-shoulder top and skinny jeans make for a cute, comfortable daytime ensemble. Want to make this outfit more appropriate for Boston’s brisk October weather? Swap out the sandals for a pair of over-the-knee boots, and insulate your exposed shoulders with a camel-colored faux-leather jacket.

If you are as strapped for cash as I am, the prospect of do-it-yourself accessories crafted from trash or random household items is probably quite enticing. For cheap ways to revamp your wardrobe all on your own, check out the DIY section on Teen Vogue’s website – it’s full of innovative, fashion-forward fixes.

Broke college students take note: there is no need to rush to Newbury Street for the latest trendy accessories when you can make them yourself.

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