LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, DFYO, Doing Fashion Yourself Online…The New DIY


I am artsy. I am craftsy, but I am also busy. So, my creative ways often fall by the wayside and while fashion is the way I express myself, I always appreciate an extra step where I can make my style even more “my own.”

I came across an article about the COLOURING & ASSEMBLY dresses that were shown in 2009. These dresses were black and white patterns that the wearer could then colour-in to her hearts content. Well, that got me to thinking: How else can I customize my fashion without busting out my sewing machine?

Here are 4 awesome ways to add your own spin to to your style without getting tooelbow-deep in DIYing:

1. Tiffany Pratt Canvas Collection

TIffany Pratt is on HGTV ‘s Buy it! Fix it! Sell it! and seems to be an all around creative type. She came up with this capsule canvas collection, where literally your clothes are made out of treated canvas. Feel like painting your house without having to worry about where you are wiping your hands? Or, just feel like having a messenger bag that shows your inner Monet? Well, this is it. ( available at

2. Neiman Marcus Custom Manolos

If you are more designer-wearer than designer-period, head to Neiman Marcus for your very own made-to-order Blahniks. I just think it’s cool that I can kinda collaborate with the guy that changed shoes (and Sex in the City) foreveryone. (Available at

3. Shoes of Prey

If you really want to get in and feel like a shoe designer, head online to Shoes of Prey for a true experience in customization. My photographer cousin, Carley Mackinnon, told me about this site, and I thought…uh, oh. For the shoe addict this is ammmmmaaaaaazzzzziiiiinnnnng. The Australian company let’s you take the helm and then if your shoes aren’t quite right, within a year (yes, a year) you can have them redone and sent back, no charge. (Available at

4. Bow & Drape

Bow & Drape is the perfect way to express yourself. Cute tops and accessories can be blazoned with your most brazen phrase, so all the world knows you got something to say! (Available at

I love gluing, cutting and pinning as much as the next gal, but a little shortcut in showing some personality sounds wonderful to me.



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