Before you write off last year’s wardrobe as being out of date, or get depressed because you have nothing to wear and no money to spend … take a few minutes off and let your imagination wander like we did here. For instance, have you ever thought of:
Cutting down the sleeves of shirts and dresses to the new elbow length, adding old lace cuffs and collars and, perhaps, a heart pocket or two?
Adding a stunning button trim right down the sleeves of sweaters, cardigans and plain dresses?
Cutting up pieces of odd fabric and making patchwork pockets, shoulder insets and long scarves?
Ripping off existing collars and cuffs and replacing them with a lovely floral print with tie or scarf to match?
Adding a fake fur trim to the inside of cuffs, collars, pocket flaps and front openings to give a luxurious new look to a tired jacket or coat?
Adding fake fur pockets, shoulder yokes, collars and cuffs?
Cutting down trousers that are too short to four inches below the top of your boots? (test the length first so you don’t cut them too short).
Knitting yourself a long, long scarf and fringing the ends, or buying a long length of material and doing likewise?
Wearing your trousers inside your boots to promote a sleeky, sporty look?
Wearing a Sam Browne belt? (Available from Way In or Army Surplus Stores.)
Plaiting your hair and winding it around your ears, or wearing it in a plaited bun at the nape of your neck.
There are endless possibilities. All it takes is a bit of patience and some rummaging around.
Illustrated by Michael Roberts.
Scanned from 19 Magazine, September 1969.