DIY Hot Teen Fashions

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DIY Hot Teen Fashions
Fashion-forward teens look for the latest trends (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Remaining on par with today's trends can be tough for any fashionista, but with do-it-yourself ideas, any teenager can rock her school halls with the same looks as the runway. With the right materials and willingness to adjust and to add detail to already-owned clothing and accessories, items within the closet can go from shabby to chic. Such do-it-yourself trends do not take much time, but do require patience and dedication to fashion. It's fairly easy to create DIY hot teen fashions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Jewellery pliers
  • Jump rings
  • Chain with lobster claw clasp
  • 3-4 additional chains
  • Jewelled clips and pendants
  • Sewing machine or seamstress
  • Fabric glue
  • Cardboard
  • Embellishments and decorations
  • Hot glue gun
  • T-shirt
  • Ballet flats
  • Headbands
  • Hair clips

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    Raise or drop hemlines to cure all dress and skirt length concerns. Watch the runways to see the latest lengths and styles. Have either yourself or a professional seamstress measure and alter the hems of your old skirts and dresses. This can have an eye-catching impact while maintaining ladylike length.

    It is important to ensure that your new hemline agrees with your body type, not revealing too much if shortened. For longer lengths, consider adding an additional hem to certain pieces or searching through your friends clothing or your mother's closet for these recycled trends.

    DIY Hot Teen Fashions
    Shorten or lengthen hemlines to stay on target with style (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Make a fashion-forward bib necklace by connecting several chains with pliers and jump rings. Ensure these are of varying lengths, all connecting to the main and longest chain. Measure the necklace making sure it will fit around your neck and connect it by the lobster claw clasp. Use the pliers and jump rings to add on extensions and pendants, giving the necklace more detail.

    DIY Hot Teen Fashions
    Create an original accessory with a DIY necklace. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Embellish existing tees in no time with a little bit of fabric glue and decorations of your choice. Simply choose a blank T-shirt and the added extras you wish to apply. Items can be anything from washers to rhinestones to ribbons.

    Lay a piece of cardboard inside the shirt, creating a cutout to lie within. This provides a layer between the front and back of the shirt, ensuring it will not stick together. Take a pen and create a pattern on the tee. Use fabric glue to apply the decorations and let rest.

    DIY Hot Teen Fashions
    Buttons can add detail and pop to a plain T-shirt (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Creating a colourful and detailed ballet flat follows the same process of the T-shirt. Simply choose the materials desired to be applied and an existing pair of gently worn flats. Take a glue gun and apply the desired materials to the toe of the flat. This simple adjustment can transform the look of the shoes. The most popular ideas include adding faux flowers, rhinestones or small bows.

    DIY Hot Teen Fashions
    Decorate comfortable and cute DIY ballet flats. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Update and remain on trend with the latest fashions by adding to your accessories wardrobe. More popular than ever, and simple to make are statement headbands and hair clips. Purchase a set of plain, comfortable headbands as well as generic hair clips.

    Purchase either already embellished patches or add your own details with buttons, feathers and beading. Merely take the desired decorations and add to the headband or hairclip with a glue gun. Adding more is never an overstatement considering the exaggerated looks of the fashion runways.

    DIY Hot Teen Fashions
    Stay on trend with teen fashion hair accessories. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Use the hot glue gun only under adult supervision.
  • Do not wash an embellished T-shirt; spot clean only.

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