Yesterday I took my "Skirt" and "New" Shoes for a walk in the leaves! The skirt is made out of ties, like the dress here. I collected a number of brownish ties, unpicked them, opened them out and then joined them together!
The shoes were white - and I wanted them brown, so I spray painted them. I've done it before and as long as I keep the spray can handy for touch ups every now and then, it works well!