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Turn an Unwanted Scarf into a Fashionable Kimono-Style Jacket

If you have a large, thin scarf you don’t wear anymore, turn it into a kimono-style jacket that you will. It takes less than an hour of work and a few supplies.

Light chiffon-like scarves work best for this project since they drape well. This can be a no-sew project if you decide to use heat tape or glue. You need:

  • Scissors
  • Something to hold the fabric together (heat fusion tape, fabric glue, thread and needle)
  • Iron (if you use heat fusion tape)
  • Scarf that is at least 60 inches long and 1 yard wide

If you don’t have a scarf that big, you can use a smaller scarf but your jacket will be less flowy and smaller. Hem the short sides of your fabric, then fold the them together horizontally and again vertically so you end up with four layers of fabric. Cut up the fold to where it ends (when the fabric is unfolded, the cut should be about halfway up the middle of the entire piece of cloth). This will be the front opening of your jacket. If you want, hem the fabric around this cut. Lay the fabric out to that the front opening is facing you and attach the edges of the sleeves together. Go as far up as you want, the further up you go, the smaller the arm holes will be.

For a faster version of this project, skip the hemming portion. This will make your jacket more likely to fray but if you only want it to last the summer, then you can do less work for a similar look. You can also add customizations like fringe or lace to the bottom of the jacket. Check out the video above (skip to 00:48) for visual instructions.

DIY: Kimono Cardigan | thehuyeninglooks (YouTube)

Choose the Perfect Suit Jacket With These Four Criteria

Choose the Perfect Suit Jacket With These Four Criteria

When you’re dropping money on a suit jacket, you want to make sure you get it right. While being armed with measurements is helpful, you can get in the ballpark with four simple criteria that you can easily memorize.

According to apparel company J.Crew, to make sure that a suit jacket fits, you’ll want to check four things:

  • Make sure the seams of the jacket fall squarely on your shoulder’s natural edge.
  • Ensure the sleeves land right at your wristbone, leaving a quarter to half inch of space for your shirt cuff.
  • When your top button is fastened on a two-button suit, make sure there’s still enough room for two horizontal fingers worth of space between your chest and the jacket.
  • The jacket’s hem should land at the base of your front pockets.

While it’s not quite a substitute for a tailored suit, these four criteria will get you in the ballpark if you’re shopping off the rack. Check out the full post for diagrams on how each criteria should look.

How to: Find a Suit That Fits | J.Crew via ManMade DIY

Photo by Flazingo.

The ICONSPEAK T-Shirt Is the Perfect Apparel for Any World Traveler

The ICONSPEAK T-Shirt Is the Perfect Apparel for Any World Traveler

There are a lot of tools out there for breaking down language barriers, but there’s nothing quite as simple as pointing at a picture. The ICONSPEAK t-shirt will let you communicate what you need no matter where you are.

The t-shirt has 40 symbols that clearly reference the essentials required by any traveler. There are icons for drinking water, housing, transportation, food, bathrooms, and even repairs. If you’re on a multi-country trek and end up somewhere you don’t know the language, you can just find someone and point to what you need on your shirt. You can also point to combinations of icons if you need something more complicated like car repair, or a place that serves both food and alcohol. It’s a clever solution to a common problem for any worldly adventurer. You can grab an ICONSPEAK t-shirt in most sizes for $33 from their web site below.

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ICONSPEAK T-Shirt | ICONSPEAK Store via Buzzfeed

Fold Socks Instead of Rolling Them for Better Organization

How do you put away your socks? You probably roll them, right? Perhaps with the Army Ranger roll? Folding your socks into origami-like squares might be more space-efficient.

The video above posted by YouTuber Klara Egilson shows you this new sock-folding technique. Basically, you lay the socks perpendicularly to each other and fold and tuck them into each other. This not only prevents the stretching that happens with the rolling method, it makes organizing your socks a little easier, since you’re dealing with flat squares rather than balls. I imagine this is how Marie Condo tidies up her socks.

This method doesn’t work for short socks, unfortunately, and it does take more time, but it also looks kind of fun—as far as you can connect “laundry” with “fun.”

The right way to fold socks! | YouTube via DIY Cozy Home

Keep White Sneakers White With All-Purpose Cleaner and Regular Cleanings

Keep White Sneakers White With All-Purpose Cleaner and Regular Cleanings

There are a few ways to try and revitalize dirty sneakers, but the secret to keeping white sneakers white is regular cleanings and a typical household cleaner you already have.

If you’re determined to keep your fancy white shoes as bright and clean as possible, Jolie Kerr at Racked suggests you reach for a typical all-purpose cleaner like Fantastik or Formula 409. Use paper towels, a sponge, and a toothbrush to really get in there and remove all the dirt and scuffs. If you have a really stubborn stain, Kerr recommends using a Magic Eraser. You probably already have this stuff around the house, so that’s a plus, but the downside is that you have to clean your shoes constantly. Try to clean your shoes once every few wears, or at least once a week, and you’ll be able to keep them from getting dirty and yellowing. And don’t forget the white laces! Toss them in a mesh laundry bag, give them a wash, and let them air dry so they don’t shrink.

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How to Keep Your Cute White Sneakers Cute and White | Racked

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Three Essential Terms You Should Know Before Going to the Tailor

Three Essential Terms You Should Know Before Going to the Tailor

If you’ve never been to a tailor, the process can sound a little intimidating. These terms will help you accurately describe what you want from the tailor and make the experience a little easier for both parties.

Tailors can use their judgement and measurements to determine how to make a garment fit better, but it helps them quite a bit if you give them an idea of what needs to be done. Who knows how a garment fits you better than you, right? That’s why Dennis Green at Business Insider suggests that, at the very least, you know this basic tailoring lingo:

  1. Let it out: You want more fabric in that area, or for that particular area of the garment to fit looser.
  2. Take it in: You want less fabric in that area so it fits closer to the body.
  3. Break: How you want your pants to drape over your shoes, specifically when talking about your pant hem and how much extra fabric you’d like there.

With these terms you’ll be able to clearly explain to any tailor what you’re after, and you won’t have to use any abstract descriptions like “it feels uncomfortable” or “it just doesn’t feel quite right.” They’ll definitely appreciate it. To be thorough, the tailor will also probably ask you questions about other areas of your garments, but they’ll explain the rest as you go along. You can find more tailor tips at the link below.

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4 things every guy should know before going to a tailor for the first time | Business Insider

Photo by Frank Hebbert.

Shop at Thrift Stores Near Design Schools for Barely-Used, Unique Finds

Thrift stores are great, but if you want to find unique items, shop at stores that are near design, fashion, and art schools. The students there are likely to sell or donate their hardly-used wares at those stores closest to class.

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If you live in a major city, there are probably a good number of design or art schools nearby. Search online using terms like “design school”, “fashion institute”, and “art academy” to find specific schools and then look for stores in the same area.

Of course, people tend to sell clothes after the season is over, so you may not find spring clothing in the spring, or winter clothing when it’s getting cold, but you will still have better selection at good prices for next year when the weather changes.

Thrifting Tips for Accessories with Kaileemckenzie | Refinery20 (YouTube)

Break In Boots Gradually Each Day Before Going On a Big Hike

Break In Boots Gradually Each Day Before Going On a Big Hike

A nice pair of hiking boots can last you almost forever, but you need to break them in before you head out on any major excursions. You can ease into the breaking-in process by wearing them while you run quick errands or work around your home.

If you don’t break in your boots before heading out a lengthy hike, your feet are going to hate you. That’s why Jeremy Anderberg at The Art of Manliness suggests you wear your boots a little bit every day to break them in before you head out:

You don’t want your first venture with them to be on your 10-mile hike. Start by wearing them while doing chores around the house, running errands, taking walks in the neighborhood, etc. When your feet hurt in those first few days, take them off, let your feet rest, and put them on again the next day until they hurt again. With a little bit of time, you’ll be able to wear them all day without any pain and you’ll be ready to take them out on your next adventure.

Even after breaking them in, Anderberg explains there still might be trouble spots, especially on a really long trip. If that’s the case, note where those spots are during your walks and add cushioning, lace your boots differently, cut your toenails properly, or wear bandages in preparation. You can find more great hiking tips at the link below.

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How to Take Care of Your Feet on a Hike or Ruck | The Art of Manliness

Photo by Andrew Bowden.

Break In Boots Gradually Each Day Before Going On a Big Hike

Break In Boots Gradually Each Day Before Going On a Big Hike

A nice pair of hiking boots can last you almost forever, but you need to break them in before you head out on any major excursions. You can ease into the breaking-in process by wearing them while you run quick errands or work around your home.

If you don’t break in your boots before heading out a lengthy hike, your feet are going to hate you. That’s why Jeremy Anderberg at The Art of Manliness suggests you wear your boots a little bit every day to break them in before you head out:

You don’t want your first venture with them to be on your 10-mile hike. Start by wearing them while doing chores around the house, running errands, taking walks in the neighborhood, etc. When your feet hurt in those first few days, take them off, let your feet rest, and put them on again the next day until they hurt again. With a little bit of time, you’ll be able to wear them all day without any pain and you’ll be ready to take them out on your next adventure.

Even after breaking them in, Anderberg explains there still might be trouble spots, especially on a really long trip. If that’s the case, note where those spots are during your walks and add cushioning, lace your boots differently, cut your toenails properly, or wear bandages in preparation. You can find more great hiking tips at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/break-in-a-pai…

How to Take Care of Your Feet on a Hike or Ruck | The Art of Manliness

Photo by Andrew Bowden.

Break In Boots Gradually Each Day Before Going On a Big Hike

Break In Boots Gradually Each Day Before Going On a Big Hike

A nice pair of hiking boots can last you almost forever, but you need to break them in before you head out on any major excursions. You can ease into the breaking-in process by wearing them while you run quick errands or work around your home.

If you don’t break in your boots before heading out a lengthy hike, your feet are going to hate you. That’s why Jeremy Anderberg at The Art of Manliness suggests you wear your boots a little bit every day to break them in before you head out:

You don’t want your first venture with them to be on your 10-mile hike. Start by wearing them while doing chores around the house, running errands, taking walks in the neighborhood, etc. When your feet hurt in those first few days, take them off, let your feet rest, and put them on again the next day until they hurt again. With a little bit of time, you’ll be able to wear them all day without any pain and you’ll be ready to take them out on your next adventure.

Even after breaking them in, Anderberg explains there still might be trouble spots, especially on a really long trip. If that’s the case, note where those spots are during your walks and add cushioning, lace your boots differently, cut your toenails properly, or wear bandages in preparation. You can find more great hiking tips at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/break-in-a-pai…

How to Take Care of Your Feet on a Hike or Ruck | The Art of Manliness

Photo by Andrew Bowden.