How to get the most of items you already have in your wardrobe
While a large portion of the fashion industry, including consumers, has initiated the change towards more sustainable practices and preaching the reuse of what we already have, we still have years of societal pressures to unlearn before we can truly embrace shopping our own wardrobes instead of constantly buying new items.. This practice of reusing our items is both better for the environment and our purses. Here are a few ways which can help you get the most out of what you have lying in the back of your wardrobe.
That smart blazer which you think is only for work or dinners can be your best friend for your more casual moments too. Add your blazer to an outfit with jeans, leggings, shorts or even a summery dress and pull up the sleeves for a more casual look. If you are worried about the sleeves constantly slide down, you don't need to. All you need to make your casual chic look stay in place all day is a common elastic hair band you already have a million of. Just place the elastic band in the fold of the sleeves and make sure the bunching covers it. Voila! Make sure the band isn't too tight. You don't want it cutting off your circulation. You shouldn't be able to feel it around your arm. You can use one that is slightly stretched out.
Borrowing from workwear yet again, your suit trousers can be dressed down into the weekend by pairing them with sneakers instead of your work shoes. Comfort and sophistication don't have to be mutually exclusive. This outfit could be styled with a blazer as discussed above, your favourite T-shirt, a knit or a wide array of other top styles.
A belt not only adds interest to any outfit and defines the waist but it also changes the whole shape of an outfit - creating illusion. That oversized shift dress you have which has no shape can instantly turn into a waist-defining, flattering dress within seconds by adding a belt should you feel like having more shape on a day. Take the outfit with the blue blazer as an example, due to the shape of the trousers, the wearer could have potentially looked shorter than what she is if she had not added a belt but by adding the belt it both tied the shoes in with the rest of the look and balanced the proportions of the outfit. A belt is an accessory everyone has and adding different belts to the same base look would make for the illusion of an entirely new outfit.
Scarves/neckerchiefs are the hero items which are often overlooked. We often have multiple lying in drawers or on shelves with no idea how to style them. They aren't just for keeping warm in winter either. A scarf/neckerchief is a transformative item during any season whether paired with a plain T-shirt, camisole or a jacket of sorts. You can pair these pieces with the most plain, basic, staple outfits and look like you belong at a café in Paris. In the summertime you could even elevate your shorts-and-tank-top look by adding a neckerchief.
Again, wearing the same base outfit with different jewellery is a key way to make an outfit look entirely different. It could be the way to take your look from the office to dinner and beyond. Or just from home to the mall, park or wherever strikes your fancy. Bold jewellery can also elevate a jeans and T-shirt look. With a few great accessories, you have endless options.
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