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If you have become obsessed with tidying up and getting rid of old clothes thanks to Marie Kondo’s technique just like the rest of the country, chances are you have a pile of items you wanna get rid of. Susana Victoria Perez has more.

Are you guilty of excessive online shopping during the pandemic? You’re not the only one.

While stores have largely reopened amid the pandemic, many consumers are still opting to shop from home. According to a new survey from PYMNTS, a business-to-business platform specializing in payments and commerce, nearly 36% of U.S. consumers are buying retail goods online as of May 23 – up from 29% in mid-April, when few shops were open.

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a few new looks but trying to save money, put down your credit card and work with your existing wardrobe. Chances are, you have a lot of neglected clothes in your closet.

Here are seven easy and affordable fashion hacks to transform clothes you already own.

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1. Tie-dye sweats 

Tying your clothes up with rubber bands will help you achieve the perfect tie-dye look. (Photo: SPENCER MORECROFT)

Many are sporting this comfortable and colorful look, but these sweat sets can range from $50 to $250. The look is easy to replicate at home with a fabric dye kit ($15 to $30).

All you have to do is find some white cotton sweatshirts, sweatpants, zip-up jackets or shorts (pre-wash if they’re new). Rinse your garments, rubber band them, then tie dye away – with as many or few colors as you’d like. Once you’re done, place the wet clothes in a plastic bag (to prevent a mess) for 6 to 8 hours before washing. 

So how many colors should you add? Alison Deyette, a style and beauty expert seen on the “Today” show and “Good Morning America,” suggests using four or more colors if you’re looking for a ’60s Grateful Dead vibe, but limiting yourself to one or two may help you achieve a more contemporary look.

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2. Acid-washed clothing

If the tie-dye is too colorful for you, no worries! You can create a vintage splattered look on your dark-colored T-shirts with some bleach or even stencil your own design with a Chlorox bleach pen.

“Draw a design, let it sit for an hour, and when you come back, it might get a little dry,” Deyette says. “Just brush off that top layer of the crustiness, let it sit again, then wash the item and you now have your own white design.”

3. Embroidered T-shirt pocket

An embroidery hoop will make it easier for you to sew a clean, cute pattern. (Photo: HOPEBROIDERY)

If you have a T-shirt that’s looking too plain, there’s an easy way