End of Summer Remix: 6 Ideas On How To Mix Up What You Already Have

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Keeping true to my remix features that I have on almost every single one of my outfit posts, I am dedicating this post to one huge remix.  I recently got a comment from a reader on Facebook asking for some inspiration on summer wardrobes when you are tired of wearing what you have, but don’t want to spend any money.  Being technically the end of summer (I can’t believe fall is about a month away), I can so relate to not wanting to purchase any new summer items this late in the season.  So I took advantage of this topic and took pictures of what I wore this last week.  Every item, including accessories and shoes, are pieces I had in my closet and have also been featured at least once already here on Designing From My Closet.  I will be showing you my original blog post photos from either last summer or earlier this season with 6 ideas on how to mix up what you already have.

Idea #1: Make Dressy Shorts Casual
(or the other way around)

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In my original Blue + Shorts: Spin the Pin post I styled these flowy rayon blue and white printed shorts I got from Old Navy last summer with a matching cobalt blue blouse and t-strap flats for a dressy shorts outfit.  For the remix, I took a more casual take with my look by pairing them with a white tank and fringed sandals.

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Idea #2: Consult the Color Wheel

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As an interior designer, having a color wheel handy has become second nature.  Different color combinations that you may not initially think of can be the changing factor for putting an outfit together.  I wrote an entire post on Dressing from the Color Wheel to show all the possibilities and how to do it.  Earlier this summer I showed this Anthropologie blue striped tie skirt I got second hand in my Dressing Nautical post where I wore it with a simple white tee picking up the white in the skirt.  This time around, I consulted my color wheel and chose to go with a complimentary color scheme of blue and orange.  The two colors look fabulous together and the addition of the red-orange tank I got from Old Navy last year makes for a bold statement that I love.

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Idea #3: Maxi Skirt as a Dress

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Jersey maxi skirts are probably something almost every woman has in her closet for the summer.  I am still obsessed with this boldly patterned one I got from Anthropologie last year that I wore in my What I Wore: Mother’s Day post and wear it quite often.  To get even more life out of this favorite skirt, I decided to try something out of the box and style it as a strapless dress.  By pulling it up to right under my arms and placing a thin braided belt under the bust, I got to appreciate this skirt in yet another way.  If you do not like going strapless, this would still look great with a light weight cardigan or bolero.

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Idea #4: Add an Unexpected Layer

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Because I have my closet organized by garment type (see my How I Organize My Closet post), I am able to view pieces in new ways all the time.  This Ava + Viv tie dye dress from Target was featured in my Anthro Copy Cat: Tie Dye Dress post by itself.  When I put this dress on for another wear, I wanted to add a lightweight layer to add a little twist.  As I shopped my closet in the cardigan section, I ran across this kimono style cardi in a lavender color.  I would have never initially put these two together, but this little experiment created a fabulous new look.

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Idea #5: Tie a Knot in a Maxi Dress

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The maxi dress is another item that is probably a staple in most closets and there are so many possibilities to style them in different ways.  I placed a belted vest over this striped maxi in my Star Wars Inspired post and then this last week, I wore it as is, but tied a knot at the bottom hem for a new look.  It was almost like fate when I chose to take these pictures of my remixed outfit because that day Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy featured a gorgeous new maxi dress with the same styling technique.

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Idea #6: Wear a Dress as a Top

Wear a dress as a top | End of Summer Remix: 6 Ideas On How To Mix Up What You Already Have | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

Dresses are a big part of my wardrobe and sometimes keeping them styled fresh can be challenging.  Last summer I featured this cute Old Navy white shift dress in my Summer Stripes: Two Looks post and I find it is still going strong in my rotation.  To get even more use of of it, I wanted to see what it would look like as a top.  By popping on an elastic waist chambray skirt I got from LOFT last year as well over the dress then blousing it a bit, I came up with a fun new look that I love.

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And what’s this?!! A bonus remix feature within a huge remix post?

Originally I wore a second hand Lane Bryant printed dress with a denim jacket in my Dancing Queen post and found another way to wear a dress as a top by belting it, bloucing it, and placing it over some skinny jeans.

Wear a dress as a top | End of Summer Remix: 6 Ideas On How To Mix Up What You Already Have | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

I hope that this post gives you some inspiration for what you already have in your summer wardrobe!

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Today’s Postivity Note

Do what makes your soul happy.

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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8 comments

  1. Janeane, this was a fun post. It is so cool to see the outfits side by side and I love what you did in each case. I think the biggest problem I have, is not what clothing pieces I own or how to style them, my problem is time. Working, taking care of my grandson, family out of town, etc. I feel like I have to little time to come up with ideas, so thank you for providing inspiration, once again! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  2. Wow! I loved this post! So fun and some wonderful tips that my tiny little brain just wouldn’t have thought of! I can’t wait to put these into practice…especially wearing a dress as a top! Why have I never thought of this?! 😉

  3. Such perfect timing! I was just staring into my closet today, and all I got back was blanks! I’m a big fan of the knotted maxi and wearing a maxi as a dress. I’m going to dig deeper and look for dresses I can wear as a top – brilliant! These are great ideas and tips and I can’t wait to remix what I have. Great post!
    XO
    Suzanne
    http://www.AskSuzanneBell.com

  4. Thank you for answering my question~ great job! Now I feel ready to ‘freshen’ up my wardrobe without spending a dime!

    1. You are so very welcome! It was such a great topic and it was a great challenge for me to look at what I have in a different way. So glad it gave you some inspiration as I know the heat is here for several more weeks. Thanks again Connie!

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