How To Repurpose Your Winter Wardrobe For Spring

Illustrated by Jihyang Lim

Five easy (and creative!) hacks

The seasonal change is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time to swap out our winter wardrobes for warm-weather wears. Rather than shop for an entirely new spring wardrobe—which fast fashion makes so easy despite how extremely toxic it is to our planet—why not recycle the clothes you already have?

You know, those pieces you just can’t let go of, but plan to retire after this season? Reinvent them, as opposed to shoving them to the back of your closet. We reached out to Bridgett Artise—the designer behind Born Again Vintage, a collection of fashion-forward, recycled garments—to lend us her expertise on reinventing our winter favorites to make them suitable for spring and summer.

With her line, Artise gives a new life to vintage pieces by combining them with the contemporary, taking the most standout elements of both to create unique, one-of-a-kind items—thus keeping as many garments out of landfills as possible. She and her brand are dedicated to sustainability, hoping to one day make it as common as fast fashion. She certainly knows her stuff, too. In fact, she's written two books on the subject: Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways To Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe and the forthcoming book 27 Dresses, an inspirational guide to upcycling your formalwear (even your wedding dress!) into practical and wearable everyday garments.

Below, Artise gives us the how-to with plenty of chopping, sewing, and gluing involved. Combining DIY projects and sustainability efforts—what could be better?

Give an old sweater a new purpose
Do you have an old sweater that’s seen better days, but you just can’t seem to part with it? Rather than letting it waste away at the bottom of your drawer (and take up a ton of space), Artise has the perfect way to renew it—by turning it into a cute spring crop top.

First, try on the sweater and mark where you would like it to end (Artise recommends at the belly button for a trendy top that pairs well with all of your spring culottes). Once marked, take it off and lay it flat on a flat surface. With fabric scissors, cut straight across the sweater, an inch below where you marked. Next, cut the sleeves off at the seam.

To complete, either fold the bottom of the top under by one inch, using fabric glue or a needle and thread to hold in place; you can also use fabric glue to add a decorative trim across the bottom.

Turn your old cardigan into a spring top
You know that old fitted cardigan you used to wear on all of your job interviews? Well, instead of throwing it away (because honey, you are not wearing it to your next one), it actually has the potential to be a killer spring top with a little snipping here and there.

First, lay the cardigan flat on a flat surface, buttoning the last button (or two if it’s extra long). Starting about six to seven inches under the sleeve, cut from side seam to shoulder seam in a rounded shape—“Cut like you’re making parenthesis,” Artise says. Fold the sweater in half vertically, and repeat this cut on the other side. Next, unfold your sweater and either fabric glue or sew down your edges—or, if you're feeling ultra crafty, crochet the edges for a more finished look. You’ll end up with a plunging sleeveless top, perfect for showing off all of those cute bralettes you've been waiting to wear.

Revamp that old crew-neck sweatshirt
You know that sweatshirt you once loved? The one you stopped loving long ago? You don’t have to part with it completely (we know, it’s hard), but you can certainly give it a bit of a facelift (and some ventilation) for spring.

First, lay the sweatshirt flat and cut under the neckline to make a larger opening. “Know that the larger the cut, the bigger the slouch effect,” says Artise. If you’re looking to channel that '80s off-the-shoulder look that’s totally back in style, we say opt for larger. Next, starting from the top of the shoulder, cut two-inch slits about an inch apart from the top to bottom of the sleeve, and repeat on the other side. You can pull lightly at each cut to achieve more of a hanging, distressed look. Finally, cut off the sweatshirt’s bottom ribbing for a more relaxed, draped effect—and there you have it! The perfect spring sweatshirt for when temperatures begin to rise.

If you’re feeling extra crafty, Artise suggests cutting an image or print from an old graphic tee and fabric gluing it onto the center.

Chop up your polyester
If you're an avid shopper of things from decades past, you’ll know that a lot of the best vintage prints are made of polyester. And polyester is hella warm. When it comes to making your favorite polyester pieces—especially those quirky vintage button-downs—spring-appropriate, Artise suggests getting creative with your scissors.

“Cut out tops are on trend, so cut out the front shoulder panels on your polyester button-downs,” she says. “Not only will you be physically cool, you’ll be stylishly cool too.”

Skip silk on silk
Silk is something that can be worn all year round, especially when you have some solid separates. However, head-to-toe silk isn’t always the most comfortable look on a hot day—in fact, it can make it pretty brutal (and sweaty) for you.

Artise suggests pairing your favorite silk pieces from winter with something breathable to ensure you don’t overheat. “If you’re wearing those cute, printed, silk, wide-leg pants, pair them with a cotton jersey top,” she says. “Or, if you’re wearing your favorite silk blouse, tie it in front and wear with a cute cotton jersey pencil skirt. Silk on silk can be a sweaty mess.” We definitely agree, so save that styling moment for fall.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.