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Welcome back to our little upcycling corner of the internet! It has been almost a year since we've checked in with you- we took a hiatus to care for family (Covid is a heartless bitch) and to immerse ourselves in learning more about the future of sustainability in fashion (Kim is quite literally studying it at USC). We are back on our resizing game, this time through lacing. Lacing has been used in adjusting fit since the inception of clothing, and as design detail for decades. Some of our favorite moments and earliest memories of it were in the 90s and early 2000s (Aaliyah's ICONIC 'More Than a Woman' video to be exact).

In our next workshop, we will teach you how to use this detail to add (or remove) and inch or two so your favorite pieces won't get abandoned at goodwill just yet, and you create a fit that works for you (there is no room for uncomfortable fits in 2022).

We've collected some of our favorite examples of lacing to inspire you on this redesign adventure, starting with the queen of lacing herself, our favorite, Alabama Blonde.

Charlotte Knowles - Fall 2020

David Koma Resort 2022

Dior Fall 2003

Alexander McQueen Fall 2017

Alexander McQueen Spring 2020

Proenza Schouler Fall 2016

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Fall 2015

Mugler Spring 2018

DKNY Fall 2016

We love this lacing inspo, if you know the source, please reach out!

For us, nothing feels worse than a too-tight waistband. Right? Especially on a pair of jeans or high waisted anything, a tight waistband is like living in a soul sucking nightmare. So intense!

Anyway, we wanted to explore interesting ways to resize pants and skirts so that the fit was finally right. And beyond just taking something in or letting it out, what are some ways to turn a boring piece into something exciting to wear?

Our first experiment involved adding fabric panels to trousers (see our IG post here) to make a pair of pants ACTUALLY comfortable to wear. And on the flip side, sizing down a too-big pair of khakis a la Margiela was a super interesting experiment that actually made the pants wearable.

This post will explore another concept: the double waistband trouser! It's popped up on runways from Y/Project to Dion Lee to Marc Jacobs. We are so inspired by the sweatpant / denim hybrids from DIYbypanida - seriously, check her out! See more below, and follow along as we try our own version!

Marc Jacobs SS20

MSTR of Disguise in DIYbyPanida

R13 double denim

Y/Project SS21

Margiela double waistband pants at PFW

Margiela AW19

Dion Lee

Dion Lee S21 RTW

Dion Lee F20 RTW

Markoo SS21

Remake inspired us to take the #nonewclothes journey in May - Kim pledged not to buy any new clothes for six months. Here is a few thoughts on her experience.

How did it go? Not as well as I'd hoped. I am guilty of desiring the next best thing - be it new, secondhand, or something I made myself. The #nonewclothes challenge took one of those elements out of the equation, but it also forced me to think critically about every item that was already in my closet and why I wanted to replace those items with something else.

This year, I've added 31 items of clothing to my wardrobe. (I'm not counting shoes, because those seemed essential. SMH). During the last six months, with the restriction of not buying anything new, I have added 12 items to my wardrobe - all secondhand or pieces I made. In that time, I also cycled out 8 items by selling them, and a handful more that I donated. This accounting, though tedious, actually helps hold me accountable to my habits.

I’ve loved working on Other Lives for many reasons, but one purely selfish one is that I’ve been able to reinterpret items that were not getting much play in my wardrobe. That long sleeve white t-shirt that I used for the Keyhole T workshop is infinitely more appealing to me now that I’ve punched a few holes in it. It’s my hope that I can continue to do this with all kinds of pieces - to keep them longer, and to cherish them for as long as possible. In so doing, I really hope to get closer to my clothing and respect its inherent value. There is so much work and time and energy that goes into the development of every piece of clothing that is made (truly) - I feel like we're doing a disservice to designers and makers when we don't give clothing a good run. More than that, consuming less has other benefits: we can reduce our environmental impact, and we can (hopefully, eventually) break free from the relentless capitalistic cycle of consuming, discarding, and consuming anew.

I am learning that consuming less is a process; while becoming completely zero waste is a long way off for me, simply becoming aware of my habits and patterns and accounting for all my stuff has been incredibly useful. The process has raised questions that get to the heart of why we wear clothing at all - and why we buy or keep the things we love.

I would love to hear if you have tried the #nonewclothes challenge, and if so, how it went for you! Let us know in the comments.

Until next year,


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