FashionFive dollars, a trip to the hardware store and an imagination will separate the truly hip from the un-hip this summer because duct tape is in. Duct tape accessories, and even clothes, have become a trend and it’s really not all that surprising. When you think about the plastic (that’s polyester, girls) content in everyday attire, it’s no wonder people would be drawn to a raw engineered form of it.

Guys are shaping wallets, ties and suit jackets from the stuff while girls are manipulating the tape into belts, purses and even flip-flops. And why not? It’s waterproof, inexpensive and it’s easy to sculpt and cut into any customized item you could imagine. Duct tape stuff looks pretty cool, too.

Visit www.ducttapefashion.com to get an idea of what can be created from the ultra-strong, multipurpose, silver adhesive tape. T

he look you get from duct tape is edgy and playful. You don’t need to be Goth or punk. Just lose your inhibitions and get crafty with the myriad of colors duct tape is now manufactured in. It comes in pink, blue, red, gold and the traditional gunmetal grey, among others.

Need a little duct tape tutorial for inspiration? Fabric artist Stephanie Robertson will be teaching a how-to class on making duct tape fashions at Indianapolis Public Libraries from June 5 to Aug. 28. Visit www.indyparks.org or call your local branch to find out when her class is scheduled.

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