Be You: 5 Ways to Customize Your Clothes

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We’ve all been there. You’ve picked out the dress or [insert favorite outfit here] for a fall wedding you’ve been excited about for months. Everything about it is on point, and you can’t wait to show it off to your friends…that is, until you walk in and see someone else wearing the exact same thing. Groan. Unless you have your own personal designer (don’t we all wish!) or are an absolute expert in how to shop, this can easily happen over and over again. One way to escape this scenario is to go the personalized route. Read on for five ways you can customize your clothes.

Say it With Socks

Are you a bit — how do I put this — quirky? Does your fashion sense portray this about your personality? We love that! We adore when we see personality translate into someone’s wardrobe. That’s why friends don’t let friends buy boring socks. You can customize your own socks with these unique pairs from Stance, starting from $28. Let your personality shine through or, as they say, let your freak flag fly.

Statement Tees

Okay, so these aren’t exactly customizable but you can allow them to show off your personality. All you have to do is walk the aisles at Target to see some really fun t-shirts with logos like “Kale University” and “I Work Out Because Salads Are Boring.” Of course, when shopping at Target, you do run the risk of wearing the same tee as someone else. You can hop on to find some cheeky tees that are a little more unique. You can even find inspiration from your favorite TV shows. Anyone remember that time Vince wore the ADHD (instead ACDC) tee on Entourage? If you like it, Google it!

Gather a Group and Design Your Own

Nothing creates a more festive atmosphere than matching clothing. Do you have an old group of college friends heading to the lake, or some high school friends meeting up at Lollapalooza? Have someone create personalized tees or sweatshirts for the occasion so you’ll always have that as a way to remember the fun. As an added bonus, it can also help you find your friends if you’re at a crowded event!

With a site like apliiq, you can design your own duds for the group. With everything you’d ever want available, including beanies, tees, joggers, hoodies, and hats, this site allows you to take the wheel when creating your signature look.

Set Yourself Apart With Shoes

Have you ever been out shoe shopping and thought to yourself, “I love this shoe but I only wish it came in a bigger heel, smaller heel, or a ballet flat?” You need to check out Shoes of Prey. You first choose your favorite style (from one of many!), then you move on to the heel, color, and extras. By the time you check out, you’ve created the shoe of your dreams. Take that, Carrie Bradshaw!

Consider the Help of a Stylist

While clothing subscription services like Stitch Fix and Birchbox aren’t customizable, per se, you’ll feel like they are once your personal stylist pins down your sense of fashion. How does it work? Each service is different but let’s take Stitchfix as an example. With this service, the first thing you’ll do is to create a profile with your size and style. Your stylist will then send you a box with five clothing and accessory items. Although you’ll pay a $20 styling fee per box, the bonus is that if you keep any of the items, the money counts toward your purchase. Even better, if you keep all five pieces, you’ll receive an extra 25% off the total price. You have the opportunity to give feedback each time so your stylist will improve over time. Eventually, it will be like having your own in-house Rachel Zoe!

Custom clothing is the only surefire strategy for avoiding those awkward and unintentional “twinning” moments. Have you tried custom clothes? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Sarah Smith

    I want to create my own look. Thanks for the information about how you can set yourself apart with shoes, that you can create online. Another thing to do is to get fashion accessories to help emphasize certain parts of your outfit.

    • Catherine Brock

      Sarah — Thanks for sharing!

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