We all have those seldom worn clothing items that are just sitting there taking up space because we always end up keeping them, time after time, when we clean out our closets. We keep them because we think they’re too cute or otherwise too valuable in some way or another to us, yet they still go unworn and untouched for months and months on end. I wanted to find a way to integrate these items into my everyday wardrobe and I found that the easiest way to do that was to create new looks by recycling older ones.
I was able to revamp my wardrobe in more ways than one by simply cutting an old dress in half. I ended up with two versatile pieces, a chic crop top, and a gorgeous floral print high-low skirt. I cut right through the middle of the elastic band on this dress and then, using a lighter, ran a flame along the freshly cut edges of the elastic in order to prevent any fraying. I have to admit, I was absolutely ecstatic about this when I did it because I was able to re-use additional old clothing items that haven’t been worn in a while to make so many brand new looks. Who would’ve thought?! The ensembles pictured are my favorite two that I came up with using my “new” crop top and skirt. I paired the top with an old (but still bold) red dress of mine that I hardly used to wear, and then I chose to partner the skirt up with my favorite camisole tank top which is a pale lavender color. And then I just couldn’t help but pair both looks with my favorite Steve Madden wedges. Do you blame me?
Believe me, in this economy, having a new wardrobe without spending a dime is a pretty rewarding feeling. So save money on new summer outfits and make spring cleaning extra productive this year by recycling old clothes that you can’t seem to get rid of.