I don’t know about you, but as a college student, I have pretty limited funds. From what I gather, that’s a pretty common situation to be in for students, and that can create a problem for those of us who want to rock new and cool outfits all the time!
Fortunately, there are ways to recycle a simple dress for all different kinds of occasions, or just to mix things up a bit. The best way to approach this is to start with a relatively basic dress.
The easiest way is to use the different kinds of accessories you already have. One dress can be worn multiple times for different looks if, for example, one time you pair it with a bright chunky necklace and a fringe purse, but the next time you stick to simple, delicate earrings and carry a clutch. A great spring dress can be instantly transformed into an early fall look by throwing on boots and a cardigan or scarf. Some dresses can be cute all year long if you pair them with tights in the winters.
Accessories are also a great way to change up a dress depending on the occasion. The same dress could be worn with sky-high heels, chunky jewelry, and a clutch for a fun night out but with flats, a cropped jacket, and a cross-body bag or a tote for a more casual dinner. You can also always use make-up to pump up your look for a more glamorous evening, or tone it down with neutral hues if you’re going out for a family dinner.
Here’s a great secret to change up your dress depending on the look you’re going for:
Double-sided fashion tape makes it super simple to hem your dress for a night! If you have a dress that you would wear out at night with heels for a sexy look if it were just a bit shorter, this could be a great solution for you! Fashion tape comes in double-sided strips that are easy to stick to the bottom of the inside of your dress, and fold up to the length you ideally want for your night out.
Then, the next day you can easily remove the tape and keep the dress in your closet for when you need a more conservative look. Another way to shorten a dress that’s just a little longer than your liking for an evening is to belt it; this works if the dress has a more flow-y silhouette.
Go take a look in your closet, and see what unexpected match-ups you might be able to make! The best way to find new and exciting outfit is to experiment with what you’ve already got.
You might have to go through some trial-and-error to get it right, but once you realize you can throw that blazer over your favorite party dress or your patterned tights look great with a dress you last wore with sandals, you’ll be glad that you did!
Mixing up the ways you wear one dress is also a great way to show off your creativity and style. You’ll learn what you like to pair together, and how to use what you already have to keep up with changing trends.
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