If you’ve been following fashion news lately, you’ll know that upcycling is becoming a hot topic in the fashion industry. One of the most sustainable means of updating your wardrobe, upcycling is also a great way of creating something beautiful and unique on a budget. Check out the five inspirational bloggers below who have made upcycling into a successful career, with almost three-quarters of a million Instagram followers between them.
1. A Pair & A Spare | @apairandaspare.com
Founded in 2008 by Geneva Vanderzeil as a journal for her DIY projects, A Pair & A Spare has since become a global phenomenon, covering fashion, food, travel and interiors. With a talent for endlessly creative, always on trend yet simple upcycling ideas, Geneva has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers and even published a bestselling book, DIY Fashionista. Whether you’re a sewing expert or have never even picked up a pair of scissors, you’ll find something in the impressive range of projects dreamed up in Geneva’s Hong Kong studio.
DIY Deconstructed Jeans
2. Paper & Stitch | @papernstitchblog.com
Offering “DIYs and design for your modern life”, Paper & Stitch’s fun and colorful ideas will inspire you to get creative with whatever’s lying around the house. Don’t miss “6 DIYs to Try This Weekend”, a weekly column filled with quick and easy upcycling projects to try out at home, compiled from Paper & Stitch’s own archives as well as blogs around the world.
Make a Cross-Body Bag
3. A Beautiful Mess | @abeautifulmess.com
The winner of Apartment Therapy’s Best DIY Blog back in 2012, A Beautiful Mess is so full of sunshine and positivity that you’ll almost be convinced to up sticks and move to the Midwest of America – more specifically Missouri, where co-founders (and sisters) Elsie and Emma hail from. Popular for their interior design DIYs, including a house they renovated and then gave away to charity, there’s also a large section on fashion projects and general crafting, which you can share on Instagram using the hashtag #ABMcrafty (now totaling a staggering 142K posts).
Make Your Own Espadrille Sandals
4. Honestly WTF | @honestlywtf.com
One of the most well-known design blogs, Honestly WTF is an unconventional mix of art, photography, editorial and home décor mixed in with some beautifully styled upcycling ideas. Inspired by high-end designers, editor Erica Chan Coffman shows you how to get the runway look for less, with items you already own.
DIY Drop Pocket Jeans
5. Paloma in Disguise | @palomainduisguise.com
One of my fellow Oxfam Fashion bloggers and slow fashion advocates, Paloma in Disguise is a personal style blog with a focus on vintage and second-hand clothing. Founder and costume student Hannah has a great eye for giving pre-loved pieces a modern twist with only a few minor tweaks, showing how a bit of creativity and clever styling can make a thrifted bargain look very chic.
Upcycled Ruffle Shirt
Have you been inspired to try out some of the upcycling projects shown here? Which other DIY blogs should make the list? Let us know in the comments below.
Beth is the founder of sustainable fashion blog THE GREEN SCENE (greenscenestyle.com) and also writes for Oxfam’s UK Fashion Blog, where she offers tips on secondhand shopping and DIY upcycling projects. With a background in fashion merchandising, Beth is currently based in Berlin, one of the leading cities for sustainability. You can follow her journey to a greener and more conscious lifestyle @greenscenestyle.