Hey, ladies. I’m Anna James, blogger for Fash Boulevard, editor for LaurenConrad.com, and style columnist for Giuliana Rancic’s Fabfitfun.com and Vanity Fair. I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Laura today. Channeling your inner stylist to create new looks with familiar pieces is a wardrobe survival must, especially for a fashion lover sans trust fund. Below are a few of my favorite tips for breathing new life into an old favorite.
Tip #1: Silhouette Switch. One of the most effective ways to change up a look is by changing the silhouette. While a piece may look casual and fun when paired with skinny jeans, it can just as easily look chic and elegant with a fabulous dress.
Tip #2: Up/Down Method. Whenever you buy a statement piece it’s important to remember that you will have far more opportunities to dress down an item rather than dressing it up. When styled appropriately, the up/down method is the easiest way to re-wear a piece. Go dressy the first time and casual for round two.
Tip #3: Theme It. Imagining a decade or a certain theme is a great way to pull inspiration. Classic polka dots and knee high socks always remind me of an old retro Barbie I had growing up. Pulling inspiration from the things around you is always a great jumping off point if you feel you’ve hit your styling limit.
Tip #4: Pattern Punch. Whenever I find myself style-stuck with a piece I’ve worn multiple times, I always turn to patterns. A bold print will steal the focus and become the new centerpiece of your look, allowing you to get away with wearing your favorite item again.
Below are a few examples of how I’ve rinsed and repeated my favorite pieces. Which look is your fave?