Remix Rewear Restyle: 3 Ways to Use An Old Favorite to Create A New Outfit

Remix Rewear Restyle: 3 Ways to Use An Old Favorite to Create A New Outfit

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Sometimes a tried and true outfit can feel boring, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice or it doesn’t still work. Unless you’ve worn it in exactly the same way every other day for a year, chances are, everyone else sees a pulled together, stylish lady.

There are a few tricks, however, to breathe new life into that old favorite and even use it as inspiration for new looks.

Think of a favorite go-to look, and ask yourself these questions:

  • What is it about this look that I like so much?
  • How can I change it up with accessories or styling?
  • What other pieces do I have that I can use to recreate it?

Use your answers to create new outfits with:

  • The same pieces, but new accessories;
  • Similar pieces (like a different button up and/or pair of pants) but the same accessories;
  • Similar pieces and new accessories.

For example, I love this look from a couple of years ago.

Greater Than Rubies

For this week’s remix, I used the 3 questions above to come up with a new version of my old look. My answers to the questions are:

  1. What is it about this look that I like so much? It’s classic, but the details like a yellow belt and cuffed pant leg make it look polished yet effortless.
  2. How can I change it up with accessories or styling? I could use a neutral or patterned belt instead, add a pop of color in the shoe, or roll up the sleeves of my button up. I could also do a half tuck (just the front) instead of a full tuck.
  3. What other pieces do I have that I could use to recreate it? I could use any of my button up shirts, skinny pants, colored accessories, or neutral shoes. I could even swap out a pair of jeans for a cuffed pair of shorts, like these, to give a totally different spin.

I decided to use similar pieces (a button up and skinny jeans), and took inspiration from the accessories. I liked the effect of a colored accent, but this time, I chose to go with a pop of color in a statement necklace. To streamline the look, I kept my shoes neutral.

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

What’s your favorite go-to look, and how do you like to change it up?
Share it in the comments or link up below!

This particular remix was inspired by Redress. They host monthly challenges to inspire sustainable fashion and encourage people to ‘redress’ items rather than throw them away. Their goal is to call attention to the impact our clothing choices have on the environment. Just the tiny bit I’ve peeked into the subject has made it clear that limiting purchases and disposal even slightly can have incredible effects. Beyond that, it’s a great place to look for outfit inspiration!

PS Linking up with WIWW, Tucker UpBasic Training Corporate Style, and Style Elixr.

Remix Rewear Restyle I Greater Than Rubies

Coming up:
June 2: T-shirt Remix :: Show us how you make a regular tee look amazing!
June 9: Patterned Bottoms :: Pants, shorts, skirts- you could even wear
a top over a patterned dress to create a new look.
June 16: Hats :: Fedoras, baseball caps, show us how you wear yours!
June 23: The Redress Challenge :: TBA
June 30: Flashback :: Take a look from your childhood & give it a grown up spin.

If you’re new, we’re excited you’re here! Remix Rewear Restyle is a weekly challenge to shop your closet and show us how you style a certain piece. Don’t worry about being right or wrong. There aren’t any rules except to include a piece that fits the challenge. So go shop that closet and link up your new take on an old look below!


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  • Selah May 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    This is something I find myself doing often. Sometimes a simple thing, like swapping out nude accessories for black, makes a huge difference in an outfit.

  • Tarnished Royalty May 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Really great look, so fresh! I’m gaga for both polka dots and turquoise, so of course I love it! ~Ann

  • Amy G May 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Both your original and your refreshed outfits are so clean and classic looking. And there are so many other options you have here for changing these outfits again! I think the polka dot top and white jeans would look cute with a belt instead of the necklace like in the original look, for one other option. I like the questions you gave us here to help get our brains going! Having the day off for Memorial Day through my brain for a loop for some reason, so I was not on top of it today, but I’m thinking about what I can do for maybe tomorrow!

    • Caitlin Author May 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Thanks, Amy. I hope you had a great long weekend! It threw me off, too. I kept thinking it was still the weekend, so I almost missed getting the remix up- oops! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  • Iris May 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    This is a great post and I’m already seeing outfits appear in my head just with your formula inspiration! I think the reason why I’ve been so content with my momma style and teacher style is because I’m able to look at my pieces in so many different ways. Like this post, I’m wearing the “same outfit” but it looks totally different because I’m remixing! My recent spring look is t-shirts w skirts. Today it was a navy v-neck w plaid skirt, neutral sandals and a statement necklace.

    • Caitlin Author May 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Yay! It’s like the grown up version of sugar plums dancing in your head :) That’s a great outfit formula. Perfect for the warmer weather!

  • Claire May 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    You look adorable, in both looks! Love the remix, your a beauty, and style wiz! ;)

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

    • Caitlin Author May 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Claire! Hope you have a fantastic week!

  • Jess May 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    I love the white polka dot top on you with the white jeans, looks so summery!! The added touch of blue with the necklace. Looks great
    From the link up, please stop by

    • Caitlin Author May 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Thanks, Jess! So glad you stopped by. I had fun browsing and love your style- totally don’t believe you’re over 40! So chic.

  • Courtney at A Life From Scratch May 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    So cute! I love white jeans and you look perfectly summery and chic. I found you through Pleated Poppy. I’d love if you stopped by my blog sometime when you’ve got a minute. Enjoy the lovely day!

    • Caitlin Author May 29, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      I’m so glad you did, Courtney! How cute is your family?! And my favorite store is J. Crew, too, well the Outlet if I’m honest, because I’m cheap :) Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Rachel Nordgren @ Our Yellow Door May 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Classic and effortless! Love it!

    Also, just so you know…that post that you wrote for Our Yellow Door a while back about creating a hardworking wardrobe? It’s consistently one of the most-read posts on my blog :) Thank you!!!

    • Caitlin Author May 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Thank YOU for the opportunity! I’m super behind on blog reading, but have plans to catch up this weekend. Can’t wait to read more about what’s been going on behind the Yellow Door! :) Hope you’re having a great week, Rachel!

  • Rachel May 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    I LOVE the polka dots and white jeans!!
    My cousin Dayna sent me your way, and I think your blog and its mission are wonderful!! :)

    • Caitlin Author May 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Welcome, Rachel! I’m so glad she did. If you have any posts you’d like to see, please feel free to let me know. I’m always looking for new ideas and ways that I can help out!

  • Rhea May 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    i try to remix a lot of my outfits as well. it’s fun and it gets the creative juices flowing!

    love that polka dot shirt :)

    Rhea, Et Cetera – Summer Getaway Outfit (& come meet my new dog!)

    • Caitlin Author May 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      100% agree, Rhea! Do you have any specific remixing tips up your sleeve? We’d love to hear them!

  • Brooke May 29, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    you are adorable!!! visiting from the pleated poppy!

    • Caitlin Author May 29, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Brooke! Hope you’re having a great week.

  • ADA May 30, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    You always look put-together. One cannot go wrong with a button-down and skinny jeans. Loving both outfits especially the one with the polka dot top. As always a pleasure linking up Caitlin.

    Enjoy the weekend. Ada. =)

    • Caitlin Author May 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Thank you, Ada! So glad you shared your look with us! Have a fantastic weekend!

  • Carrie May 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM


    I love this blouse! I have one that is really similar in the look but the colors are completely opposite. This is a take on white on white which is fabulous. I totally love the mint necklace with this look as well. Would love to have that blouse myself…yes, I’m envious!

  • Maria M. May 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Great topic for this week, Caitlin! I’m seeing new outfit possibilities in my closet that I wouldn’t have thought of before. Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

    • Caitlin Author June 3, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Yay! So glad to hear it, Maria! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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