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1. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

Use a belt, scarf, or necklace to completely change the look. One outfit can easily turn into three or more different looks with the right accessories!

 

2. Tuck, tie, and roll

No, this is not what you do in case of a fire. But you can turn one shirt into a few different looks with a little effort. For example, wear it untucked for a casual look, tuck it in and add a belt for a more formal look, or knot it at the waist for a fun, whimsical look. The same goes for pants. One quick roll at the ankle and a change of shoes and you have a completely different look! See more tips here: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2012/02/building-remixable-wardrobe-part-1.html

 

3. Layer

Adding a jacket or cardigan can easily take your look from daytime to nighttime, school to dinner. Wear a long sleeve tee and add a short sleeve sweater or shirt over it, for a colorful, visible layered look. 

 

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Make something new out of clothes you have outgrown. Have an old dress that is too short? Add some leggings and turn it into a tunic. Cut off those old jeans and turn them into shorts. Trade a few items with a friend for a week or two.

 

5. Upcycle

Don’t like something in your closet? Turn it into something else. A t-shirt can become your favorite skirt or a new bag. Check out these 100 ways to upcycle your clothes: http://thesewingloftblog.com/100-ways-to-upcycle-your-clothing/

 

6. Change Shoes

Changing your look can be as easy as changing your shoes. Slip out of your flats and into some boots for a fun new look.

 

7. Consider Color

When buying new clothes, look for pieces that go with what you already own. Always ask yourself whether the color or print goes with at least 3 pieces that you already own. Look for colors that go with, well, everything; you can always add a pop of color with a scarf, belt or necklace.  Check out the full list of suggestions for 're-mixing' a wardrobe here: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2012/02/building-remixable-wardrobe-part-2.html

 

8. Think Outside the Box

It’s easy to get into a habit of wearing the same outfits over and over. Look for new ways to mix and match. Experiment!  Sometimes items that may seem like they do not coordinate look great once you try them on. Have a friend come over and put things together for you. Sometimes it just takes a new set of eyes.

 

9. Add Tights & Leggings

Add print or solid tights or leggings under a long shirt, skirt, or dress for a new look. Combine that with the accessories above and you have a lot of new possibilities.

 

10. Experiment

Figuring out who you are and what you like (or don’t like) is half the fun, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles. Have fun. You never know when one might catch on.

Shannon Tennyson and Corrie Wiedmann


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