We love looking at street style photographs for DIY inspiration. M&J’s Garment District location allows us to see many creative individuals on a daily basis. Although many people working in and around the garment district may not be renowned designers they are often the inspiration for many runway designs. Fashion styling is always open for interpretation. We love looking at street style for inspiration.
Celebrities are often the first people to replicate runway trends. Chunky chains have been all over the place and we’re certainly loving the look. These chains can be styled in many ways depending on how you style them. We love looking at celebs for even more inspiration. People love to hate her, but Kim Kardashian can do no wrong with this simple peplum dress and chunky chain necklace. The chunky chain adds excitement to the neutral number. Cameron Diaz’s diamond encrusted chain has a perfect amount of glitz and glam. Gwenyth Paltrow and Rihanna dressed up their outfits with the statement making piece. No matter how you style your chunky chains be sure to show them off. This is one trend you won’t want to miss.
Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora, and Rachel Zoe all wearing chunky chains
Gwenyth Paltrow wearing two chains
Check out M&J for a large selection of chunky chains
Ribbons can be used for many purposes. Due to the many types of ribbons there are many ways they can be used. We’ve dedicated this post to some of our favorite ribbon bracelet tutorials. Inspiration & Realisation uses silk ribbon and charms to create a wrapped charm bracelet. This bracelet is perfect for those summer days when you want to throw on a lightweight piece of jewelry. The chain bracelet has been a staple among the blogger community. The ribbon and chain contrast adds a hard and soft edge to any outfit. Trinkets in Bloom also toughens up her ribbon adding spikes to the often delicate trim. We can’t wait to try out all three DIYs.
Inspiration & Realisation silk ribbon wrap bracelet
Chain Bracelet tutorial via SheExists
Trinkets in Bloom Spike Ribbon Bracelet Tutorial
Check out M&J for a large supply of ribbons and trims.
We combined two of our favorite things (our neon ribbon and our over sized acrylic chain) to create an amazing headpiece that will get you noticed. Our 4 Ways Music Festivals DIY Feature wouldn’t be complete without an ode to the 70′s.
3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green 1 ¼” Large Acrylic Chain in Rust Combo
Cut two small identical pieces of your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green
Place your now cut ribbon through the last link of your 1 1/4 inch Large Acrylic Chain.
Double knot your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green ribbon leaving an even amount of space on either side.
Repeat these steps for both sides. Once each end of your chain has ribbon on either end, tie both ends together.
Now wear your chain headband with confidence!
Not feeling this look? This easy to create DIY can transition from a headband to a necklace within seconds…Just loosen the ribbon
Many runway shows are very intimidating. There’s a fierce model walking down with a well calculated soundtrack matching each step. We often overlook the details of each piece. While examining some of the recent runway looks, we came across M&J-like trims that resemble the most coveted pieces.
20MM Braid With Chain Velvet Ribbon
4MM Metal Chain
1 1/2″ Half Stem Aluminum Chain
Even though we’re loving varsity embellishments on sweaters, jackets, beanies and scarves we opted to go in a different direction. Inspired by Lanvin’s Fall 2013 collection, we created this Varsity Letter necklace.
Enjoy the diy and check out MJTrim.com for supplies
Lanvin’s Fall 2013 Collection
2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White
3 Denim Iron-On Patches
7MM Flat Curb Chain
11MM Flat Chain
19MM Metal Chain
6MM Molded Pearls
Iron two of the Denim Iron-On Patches together back to back with the denim on the outside.
Place your 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White where you’d like it to appear.
Carefully flip it over so the letter is facing down on the ironing board.
Gently iron the back of the denim. The heat causes the 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White to stay in place.
Once your 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White feels secure, flip the denim over.
Glue pearls around the 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White creating a circle outline.
Cut the excess denim off around the 6MM Molded Pearls.
OPTION 1: Sew your chain around the 6MM Molded Pearls creating an additional border.
OPTION 2: Glue your chain around the 6MM Molded Pearls creating an additional border
Regardless of which option you selected for the previous step, leave an inch of 7MM Flat Curb Chain at the top.
Now safety pin the remaining chain together.
Carry your 11MM Flat Chain chain through the loop you had just created.
Use an additional safety pin to secure both the 19MM Metal Chain and the 11MM Flat Chain
Lace Belt D.I.Y
With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue
3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming
Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming
Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)
4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
5. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
6. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
7. Ta Da!
Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory? See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!
Over at M&J Trimming, we are starting the year off on the edgier side. We are completely inspired to spike up our wardrobe with some rock and roll style! Leather, spikes, chains, and studs … everything needed to add some spark to what we do best – DIY!
We’ve all seen chains used in about every which way possible these past couple seasons, but you know I just feel that my jewelry box isn’t saturated enough with them. So, on that note, I would like to give a simple tutorial on how to make a great pair of earrings by creating your own tassel using chains.
- First cut your chains into pieces, you can make them the same length or different lengths as I have done; my longest piece is 4”. Be sure you have an even number of pieces.
- Divide them how you like so that you have equal pieces for each earring.
- Thread the hat pin through the ends of your chains and then add the bead cap.
- Cut the hat pin down so that you have only about an inch of it sticking out through the bead cap.
- Using the pliers create a small loop as close to the bead cap as possible.
- Connect the loop of the hat pin and the loop of the earring hook together and wrap the remaining wire of the hat pin around the loop several times to secure.
- See, wasn’t that easy?