what to do with clothes that are too small

We have reviewed What To Do With Clothes That Are Too Small on this page for your satisfaction. You can browse the page for how to fix clothes that are too small. If you want to know how to upcycle clothes that are too small, then this post is most suited for you.

How do you reuse clothes that are too small? You can upcycle them them into something new like a pillow or you can refashion them to fit you! I’ve rounded up a fun list of refashion clothes tutorials to inspire you and teach you new skills, ready to make over your clothes so they look great and you feel great in them.   Most popular posts

If you don’t have any clothes that need a new look, go out and dig around for some thrift shop challenges to makeover and update! It’s an inexpensive way to practice your sewing skills and exercise creativity. 

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What To Do With Clothes That Are Too Small

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tshirt upcycle before and after
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How to add fabric to a shirt to make it bigger – fast and easy refashion tutorial here on Swoodson Says! This is one of my most popular posts and it takes less than an afternoon to do, I get lots of compliments on the ‘after’ version of this shirt.

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Open back t-shirt refashion from Sew Much Love, Mary – I haven’t tried an open back shirt yet, but this would give some great ventilation for summer I think! I can also see it working well for a yoga/exercise wardrobe.

colorblocking to lengthen a top refashion
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If a top is too short for you, color block to make it longer! Easy refashion tutorial from Pearls and Scissors. I would’ve never guessed this ‘after’ didn’t come that way, it looks great.

how to add a zipper side vent to a shirt
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Another zipper side vent, this time on a shirt that needs some more room! You can find this tutorial at Thread Riding Hood. I love how this looks, even if you don’t need extra space in your waistband.

too small sleeve fix
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If your sleeves are too short or tight, try this bell sleeve refashion tutorial from Sew Much Love Mary, these would be cute on a kid’s dress too!

lace back shirt refashion
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A romantic vibe with this lace and ruffle back refashion (an Anthropologie knockoff!) from Happy Together. This isn’t my style but I love how it looks with all the details.

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If you have a too-short tshirt, chop it and turn it into a dress with this circle skirt refashion from A Beautiful Mess, this looks so easy to wear.

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If you’re thinking, wait, she linked a different side zip tutorial up above! That’s right – mine is a little different! See how to sew an exposed zipper and give yourself more hip space here.

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If your sweater is too tight, turn it into a cardigan and leave it open! Heather Handmade has a tutorial to help you out, click through to see the finished cardi.

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If the neckline is too tight on a top, add some grommets with this diy lace up refashion tutorial at A Beautiful Mess, I think this would work at both hips too.

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How to add fabric to bottom of shirts here at Swoodson Says- if you shrunk a shirt in the wash, this is an easy way to add some length.

How to make a t shirt bigger
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How to make a t shirt bigger with a back panel with an easy tutorial here at Swoodson Says!

adding a button placket refashion

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This is a refashion idea borne out of a rip but works to add ease to a shirt that is too small or tight to get over your head, with a diy button placket tutorial at Mckell Makes.

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If you like boho vibes, add some crochet trim to the sides of your shirt, with this tutorial from Trash to Couture.

[Not pictured]If you live somewhere with temperate weather, turn a too tight sweater into an open back refashion with this quick hack tutorial from In Honor of Design.


how to add zippers to jeans ankles

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If skinny jeans are too tight to pull on, add some simple zippers with this jeans refashion from Pearls and Scissors! I like how these look just in general.

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See how to make the waistband in jeans bigger with this tutorial from Seasoned Homemaker, a contrast print or color would be cute too.

What To Consider When Choosing Shoes To Wear With Different Styles Of Pants

Now that you’re thinking about different shoe and boot styles, and which ones you are drawn to, what should you consider when putting these shoes together into a stylish outfit with your pants?https://5590f15c586ab97acc0e3d05d28a86b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Are there right and wrong options when you choose shoes to wear with different styles of pants?

Think About Balance

Melinda wears pointed shoes with her skinny pants | 40plusstyle.com

Just as with the rest of your outfit, matching your shoes to your pants is all about balance. For example, if you are wearing wide, flowing palazzo or wide pants you can wear chunkier shoes, while if you have narrow pants, you may wish to mirror this with your shoe or heel style.https://5590f15c586ab97acc0e3d05d28a86b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Melinda (above) opts for pointed toe flats with her skinny pants.

Recreate her outfit with these similar pantsflatsshirtblazerclutch bag and earrings.

Start From The Bottom Up

Bev wearing white mules with black pants | 40plusstyle.com

You may find it easier to think about your outfit in a different way. Start with your shoe selection and think about which pants will go best.https://5590f15c586ab97acc0e3d05d28a86b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Rather than considering what shoes to wear with different styles of pants, you’ll then be looking at it from the other way around.

This can be a great way to think of different outfit combinations if you find that you’re bored with everything in your closet and you’re looking for outfit inspiration.

Bev (above) wears on-trend white mules which she matches to her shirt.

Check out these similar pantssandalsshirthandbag and necklace.

The Best Shoes To Pair With Every Type Of Pants

Below you will find plenty of examples of which shoes will go with the pants in your closet.

There isn’t only one style of shoes which will match each style of pants, so there are a selection of options for you to choose from.

Ankle Pants

The best shoes to pair with ankle pants | 40plusstyle.com

It’s important to remember that ankle pants look best when worn immediately above or right on your ankle bone.https://5590f15c586ab97acc0e3d05d28a86b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

When selecting the right shoes, pairing ankle pants with high vamp shoes (booties, loafers, etc.) is the most flattering approach.

Whether flat, medium, or high-heeled, we certainly recommend trying a diversity of styles, as ankle pants tend to work well with a number of shoe styles.

Nuria (above) styles her ankle pants to perfection with a pair of classic pumps.

Steal her look with these similar pantspumpstopcardiganhandbagbelt and necklace.

Ankle pants | 40plusstyle.com

Wit & Wisdom plaid ankle trousers – Sam Edelman ‘Laurna’ mule – Ted Baker London ‘Mhalil’ slingback pump – Rollie derby lace-up flat shoe – JSlides ‘Hippie’ laser platform sneaker

Bootcut Pants

The best shoes to pair with bootcut pants | 40plusstyle.com

Bootcut pants are one of the most versatile styles of pants. They look best when they almost touch the floor, yet do not completely cover the entire shoe.https://5590f15c586ab97acc0e3d05d28a86b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Depending on whether or not you’re going for a dressed up or casual vibe, you have a diversity of options with bootcut pants.

Pointy-toed pumps tend to look very chic when paired with bootcut pants, as do mid-heel height boots and loafer style flats.

Petra (above) opts for pointed animal print shoes with her bootcut jeans.

Check out this similar pair of jeansleopard printed pumpsbelted coat and handbag.

Bootcut pants | 40plusstyle.com

Joe’s high waist bootcut jeans – Naturalizer ‘Vera’ ankle strap sandal – Steve Madden ‘Gemmy’ loafer flat – Naturalizer ‘Everly’ pump – Sole Society ‘Candrah’ bootie

Boyfriend Style Pants

The best shoes to pair with boyfriend pants | 40plusstyle.com

The epitome of chic comfort, boyfriend style pants look best with a cuff that hits at mid-calf.https://5590f15c586ab97acc0e3d05d28a86b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Though the pants can be loose and relaxed, you can create a well-tailored look by selecting a more structured flat or heeled shoe. Jennifer Aniston, for example, often wears her boyfriend jeans with high heels.

Oxfords create an on-trend menswear inspired look and dress up the look. We also recommend pointed toe flats and low key sneakers.

Gail (above) wears her boyfriend jeans with heeled sandals and a blazer to elevate a casual look.

Check out this similar pair of boyfriend jeanssandalsshirt and blazer.

Boyfriend style pants | 40plusstyle.com

AG boyfriend slim jeans – Naturalizer ‘Vera’ ankle strap sandal – Naturalizer ‘Everly’ pump – Rollie derby lace-up flat shoe – JSlides ‘Hippie’ laser platform sneaker

Cropped Flared Pants

Shoes to pair with crop flare pants | 40plusstyle.com

The right fitting cropped flared pants should hit anywhere from mid-calf to right above your ankle bone.

When selecting shoes to wear with these pants, we recommend ensuring that you go with a lengthening look (best done with a monochromatic tone) and/or select a shoe that minimizes the flare to create a leaner bottom.

Our top shoe selections are block heels, mules, ankle boots (make sure your pants hit right at or below the top of the boots) and pointed toe heels.

If you go with boots for this look, a matching boot (black-on-black, nude-on-nude, etc.) is the best option to create a streamlined look.

Kim (above) looks stunning in her leather cropped flare pants with strappy sandals.

Steal her look with this similar pantssandalsshirtcoatnecklace and bag.

Crop flare pants | 40plusstyle.com

DL1961 high waist crop flare jeans – Steve Madden ‘Gemmy’ loafer flat – Fly London ‘Yala’ perforated sandal – Ted Baker London ‘Mhalil’ slingback pump – Clarks ‘Un Capri’ step platform wedge sandal

Cropped Wide Leg Pants

What to wear with crop wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Cropped wide leg pants (like cropped flared pants) are quite on trend this season.

Though they can be a challenge to style, the payoff for getting it right is great. The goal is to avoid adding more volume to your bottom.

It’s usually best not to wear ankle straps with this pant style, as it may shorten the leg further. But, if you want to draw attention downwards or you have beautifully slim ankles, this could work, particularly if you choose shoes in the same color as your pants or your want to go for a more edgy look.

Select more dainty looks, such as structured pointy toe pumps, a loafer, and minimal mules.

Monika (above) styles her wide crop pants with heeled pumps.

Recreate her outfit with this similar pair of pantspumpsblouse and clutch.

Crop wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen wide leg crop pants – Fly London ‘Yala’ perforated sandal – Naturalizer ‘Vera’ ankle strap sandal – Clarks ‘Un Capri’ step platform wedge sandal – JSlides ‘Hippie’ laser platform sneaker

Shoes For Skinny Jeans And Skinny Leg Pants

The best shoes to pair with skinny pants | 40plusstyle.com

The key to selecting the right pair of skinny leg pants is to remember that the less they bunch around the ankle, the easier it is to create a well-tailored look.

Go for a pair that hits right around or slightly above the ankle bone. Once you have the perfect pair selected, you also have the option of pairing skinny leg pants with a countless number of shoe styles.

Some of our favorite options are strappy sandal heels, pointed toe heels, flats, shorter ankle boots (make sure they fit a bit snugly around the ankle, and you could also opt for knee-high boots).

Sallyanne (above) shows how skinny jeans can be worn with knee-high boots.

Steal her look with this similar pair of skinny jeansbootsblouse and sunglasses.

Skinny pants | 40plusstyle.com

rag & bone high waist skinny jeans – Sam Edelman ‘Felicia’ flat – Sam Edelman ‘Laurna’ mule – Sole Society ‘Candrah’ bootie – Sam Edelman ‘Kerby’ knee high boot

Straight Leg Pants

Shoes to pair with straight leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Most shoes will flatter the straight leg, so the choice ultimately falls on the tone of the look you’re going for and the type of top you are wearing.

They are fuller than bootcut style pants, and some styles can cover the shoe more so than bootcut style pants.

Our favorite looks are strappy sandals, pointed toe pumps, boots (keep the shaft a bit taller to avoid a bunching look), and low key sneakers.

Psyche (above) opts for multi-colored strappy sandals with her straight navy pants.

Check out this simila pair of trouserstopsandalsbelt and earrings.

Straight leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

BOSS straight leg wool pants – Steve Madden ‘Gemmy’ loafer flat – Ted Baker London ‘Mhalil’ slingback pump – Marc Fisher LTD ‘Yulunda’ pump – Naturalizer ‘Everly’ pump – JSlides ‘Hippie’ laser platform sneaker

Wide Leg Pants

shoes to wear with wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Wide leg pants will always look best below the ankle bone and/or skimming the floor. Completely flat shoes can be paired with this pant style, but we definitely recommend ensuring that if you go that route you keep it well tailored.

A very slouchy look is not flattering on all body types, and the casual chic vibe can quickly turn into a sloppy and unflattering look.

Whether you select a very minimal 1-inch heel or 3-inch heels, a bit of height will help create a longer silhouette.

For this look, we recommend block style heels, chunky heels, wedges, and strappy sandals. Pointed toe pumps can work great, as well, just make sure the pants are not so long that the toe of your pump continuously gets caught on the material.

Ashley (above) opts for a stylish pair of slightly-rounded toe silver loafers with her wide-legged pants.

Recreate her outfit with this similar pair of pantsshirtcardiganloafers and necklace.44444444

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