These days, fashion editorial content is focused on making new outfits from old clothes — the clothes you’ve already invested in. So instead of buying new things every season, you may well feel the push to buy fewer things and make them work with your current wardrobe instead.
These days, remixing is the name of the game.
This isn’t always easy to do. You’ve lived with those “old” clothes for a while now — maybe years — and they don’t necessarily look super-fresh to your eyes.
One way to do this is to look at pieces you’ve worn together and figure out how to break them apart and start over. Example: Separate the pieces of a suit. Pair the pant with a V-neck pastel sweater and sneakers. Take the jacket and team it with a simple white cotton shirt and a pair of distressed jeans.
Voila! You’ve just turned one serious suit into three outfits (and that’s just the beginning of your remixing!)
Up for a challenge? Pull out a piece you’ve used one way and restyle it into an outfit using something you’ve never paired it with before.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if, for a week straight, you stuck with this exercise and created seven “new” outfits out of your “old” clothes?
A few more ideas
Here are a few more ideas to get you thinking about remixing:
Graphic T-shirt. This is a huge trend right now. In that stack of T-shirts you own, is there one that’s in great shape? It could be one from a band, a musical icon, or a cartoon character. Maybe it’s one with a message on it. If the color is great on you, try creating an outfit that mixes the T with a pencil skirt, jeans, or a black trouser. Tuck it into the bottom of your choice and add a belt.
Silk blouse. With so many casual workplaces, you may find you’re not wearing your silk blouses much. Make a new casual-chic outfit by pulling out a pretty silk top and wearing it with a frayed, cropped denim pant. Add dressy sandals or festive flats, and you’ve got a new girl’s-night-out outfit.
Jewelry. Take a closer look at your stash of baubles. Do you have earrings you’ve always thought were too precious to wear? Could you turn them into wear-now pieces? Or maybe you have pearls you haven’t worn in years; try creating a layered mix with your them and some costume jewelry. They’ll look up to date, stylish, and modern.
Special occasion pieces. I’ll never forget way back in college when I spent a summer studying in Paris. There was a slightly older woman from New York who I went to the opera with one night, and she looked incredibly chic in white pants, a white silk top, and a gorgeous long kimono. All these years later, it’s a look that still works beautifully. Do you have a kimono, or some other fanciful jacket, that you love but rarely wear? Trying pairing one of them with jeans or a simple dress in a neutral color.
Pattern mixing. By now you’re familiar with the concept of pattern mixing, even if you’re not (yet) a pro at it yourself. A gingham check can go with a floral print, paisley, or even graphic print. Do the same with animal prints. Mix them with and florals. Make sure to add a stabilizing element, like a classic belt or pumps or pearls; they’ll help the prints combine better.
Of course, this is just the beginning. There are many more possible combinations in your closet … all without spending a dime on new clothes!
But it can be tough to see what’s in your closet in a new way. I’m pretty good at it, though — partly just because I bring a fresh pair of eyes to the project, but also because it’s probably my favorite thing in the world to do. So it’s easy for me. Would you like help creating new outfits out of things you already own? I’d love to help. Give me a call and we’ll get started!