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How to Restyle the Clothes You Already Own!

Today, I’m going to take you through my basic restyling process to help you find new ways to wear the things you already own. Waste not want not!

You can use these simple questions and tactics for anything in your wardrobe but to make things interesting I chose a more challenging item to restyle, a neon pink bodycon dress! 

Talk about a challenge, right?!

Don’t get me wrong, this dress gave me life when I wore it to my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas.

But what am I supposed to do with it now?

I spend most of my time at work and while the dress code is casual and relaxed, a neon pink dress might be pushing the limits! 

When you look at the photos, the solution seems simple enough. A denim top and a pair of white sneakers take this dress from night club mamacita to vibrant weekend cutie.

But how did I get here? What led to my style choices and why didn’t I just resell it?

All good questions. The time has come to teach you my magical restyling tricks!

RESTYLING BASICS

The secret to restyling is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and try something new! It’s easy to wear your favorite jeans and tshirt on repeat but look at that closet gurl, it’s filled with new favorite outfits just waiting to be created.

To get started grab an item you want to wear in a new way and answer the following questions:

RESTYLING QUESTIONS

Question 1: Does it still fit correctly?

There’s no hope of restyling it If it doesn’t fit you anymore. I know a lot of us have plans to lose 5 pounds but I believe in dressing the body you have RIGHT NOW! So donate/sell it and move on to the next item.

Question 2: What occasion/event am I restyling this for?

Are you trying to turn a party dress into a work outfit? Or do you want to restyle it for another party without looking like you’re an outfit repeat? Your answers here should clarify the type of look you’re trying to achieve.

Question 3: What styling options do I own that work for the event I chose in question 2?

Pull out anything that might work for your new outfit. Accessories, shoes, sweaters, and anything else that could work.

For my dress I was aiming for a comfy weekend look so I only pulled out comfy shoe options and casual tops/sweaters.

Question 4: Does this work?

Head for the mirror! It’s time to try on different things to see if they work. Sometimes what we imagine in our head plays out differently in real life. 

I originally tried my neon dress with a shirt that I thought would look cute knotted in the front. I was wrong! It looked terrible because of the boxy fit.

Question 5: Do I have what I need?

Struggling to make it work? You may be missing what you need! Always try to work with what you already have but there’s a chance you may need to buy something. 

I purchased a denim jacket to tone down some of my fancier dresses for the office and it was such a smart buy! I can now wear more of my dresses to work! (It also makes my summer dresses more work appropriate.)

MORE THAN AN OUTFIT

It’s a lot of fun to find new ways to style clothes you already own! It doesn’t cost you anything, it helps you fight the urge to buy fast fashion, and it keeps clothes out of landfills! 

I love fashion just as much as the next blogger but buying new #OOTD’s all the time just to share them online is not a sustainable way to live! I’ve been pushing myself to restyle things and wear clothes from the back of my closet a lot more these days!

I want to challenge you to do the same! How long can you go without buying a new outfit? A week? A month?

Take the challenge and then come back here to let me know how it goes!

I’ve got more restyling posts planned so be sure to stop by again soon!

1 Comment

  • Adrianne
    September 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve also started wearing my smaller night-life dresses to work by throwing a pencil/flowy skirt on top! I feel like it doubled my options for work!

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