while buying new clothing and accessories can be a fun way to mix up your wardrobe it’s not always financially possible to shop for new pieces every season. i’m personally currently trying to cut back on my spending and shopping is one of the first things that goes. i wanted to share a few styling tips for mixing up and revamping your current wardrobe just the way it is, no new purchases required!  – joanie

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– i think the first place to start is with a closet clean out. go through your closet and pull out items you know you don’t wear or that make you feel any sort of negative emotion. for me, that’s pieces i bought and regret, things that no longer fit, items that have stains that i hope will someday magically disappear or items i still love but that are too damaged to wear (i.e. your favorite jeans with six holes in them). if you’re like me you’ll probably discover overlooked pieces that you love and have forgotten about. if you’re on the fence with giving anything away my rule is to give it one last try, wear it for a day, and by the end of the day you’ll likely know if it stays or goes.


– don’t limit items to just day or evening – if you have a cocktail dress you love, wear it during the day with flats and a casual jacket, throw a t-shirt on under a dress to make it more day time appropriate, or pair with sneakers to make it more day appropriate. your favorite dress doesn’t need to be saved for special occasions only. i also like doing the reverse of that and if you feel like you have nothing to wear out, just elevate your day wear. your favorite jeans with sky high heels, a bold chocker or some big earrings, a fitted tee, blazer and a bold lip.

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– make small at home alterations – i like cropping my own jeans, i had a few pair of straight leg denim that just wasn’t cutting it full length but once cropped i started wearing all the time. don’t worry too much about making your hem perfectly straight. in fact, the uneven hem denim is a trend right now. i like the hem to be about 4″-5″ above the ankle bone. or, skip the cutting and give your jeans a nice big cuff.

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– play with different color combinations – i know we all have our rituals, wearing the same t-shirt with the same pants, or skirt. but try mixing it up, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, bold colors, textures. i recommend having an hour to yourself in front of the mirror after you clean out your closet and just trying on different pieces to see what might go together. you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “why have i never worn this outfit before?!”


– wear a dress as a skirt by adding a t-shirt or button down on top that can be tied at the waist – the trick to wearing a dress as a skirt is to make sure the waist is cinched. one option is to wear a button down and tie it high and tightly at your waist (actual waist, wear it goes in just below your rib cage, not below!). or, take a t-shirt and cut it about 4″ up from the front center and then you’ll have two sides to tie together. p.s. i thrift for a lot of my t-shirts so i don’t feel stressed cutting them up.


-mix up your proportions – pair a short skirt with an oversized sweater, wide leg pants with a tiny top, a slim knee length dress with a big trench or long open sweater


-and if you’re really wanting to shop, hit your local thrift store! if you feel overwhelmed by thrifting, here are a few simple tips to make it more manageable. go through racks quickly by feeling for fabrics, you can tell when you touch something quality (cotton, linen, silk, etc), look for prints – they’re easy to spot in a rack full of clothing, go for the sweaters – when people clean out their closets to make space they’ll often giveaway larger bulkier items like coats, jackets and sweaters. i’ve found so many great cashmere sweaters at thrift stores, especially in the men’s section.

most important tip is to have fun! fashion is meant for experimenting, try new styles, see what feels right!

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    Stephanie says:

    Great pics and tips!


    artgsg says:

    Some solid looks over here! I see nowadays bigger proportions are the way to go

    Nikki says:

    Great tips, I love when you have pieces that can be worn so many ways!

    Lizzy says:

    Love love LOVE this post!! Sometimes the site can feel very focused on buying new things, which is fine, but it’s more realistic and better for the environment to mix up what we have or thrift. I’d love to see Joanie’s perspective on how to make other things a little more sustainable, while saving money <3 <3

    sarina says:

    Where is that first grey dress from!?!

    Samantha Lee says:

    Love all of the looks in this post! I am in desperate need of a closet overhaul myself. I’ve been pretty good about limiting my spending and trying to get creative in my closet. It’s amazing how many new outfits you can make just with some simple layering!

    Once I wore the same sweater five days in a row and styled it differently each day – I shared the outfits here if you’d like to see. 🙂

    192.168 1.1 says:

    You look so fashionable. I like the way you combine clothes together. They are very suitable.

    yessssss looking to change it up for summer but have no budget cuz i’m saving. these are all great ideas 😀 thank you! <3

    Antonella says:

    I love this kind of tips/information. You have great style so thanks! It’s nice to have your set of “rules” – to follow in order to revamp outfits without spending money.
    All the pieces that Iown that I’m more often commented on are either from flea markets or thrift shops: they look amazing and stylish and cost a fraction of new items of a similar quality 🙂

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