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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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!