6 Clothing Items You Can Repurpose Now

6 Clothing Items You Can Repurpose Now

When budgets are tight, what’s a girl do to make her closet stretch? You can make your closet work for you by using items in new ways and doubling their use. Here are six items that you can repurpose now!


Wear a Dress as a Shirt

Is your closet full of sundresses that only get used on the weekends? Or special occasion dresses that are reserved solely for nighttime events? Don’t let them sit in your closet anymore, because dresses can make great work blouses. Simply layer them under a skirt with enough volume to hide the bottom of the dress, and you’ve suddenly expanded your blouse collection!

Dress (left): Target, $40
Dress (right): H&M, $14


Get this look:

1. Sparkle & Fade Linen Pull-On Skirt, $54 at Urban Outfitters
2. Forever 21 Dreamy Springtime Skirt, $18

Fake a Dress

Do you wish you had a white or black dress in your closet? Try creating one using a monochromatic shirt and skirt instead. It gives the illusion of a dress without having to buy anything new!

altWhite skirt: Banana Republic, $35

Get this look:

1. The Limited Sateen Pencil Skirt, $50
2. Halogen Cotton Sateen Pencil Skirt, $59 at Nordstrom


Wear Swimwear for Day

Intricate swim cover-ups are simply too pretty to be reserved for the pool. Pair your detailed swim cover-ups with a pencil skirt for work, or over some skinny jeans for a casual day of errands!

altCover-up (left): H&M, $10
Cover-up (right): Forever 21, $30

Get This Look:

1. Victoria’s Secret Paisley Cover-Up, $68
2. Victoria’s Secret Gold Bead V-Back Tie-Dye Dress, $50


Wear a Brooch as a Necklace

Get twice the use out of your brooches by looping a chain through them and wearing them as a necklace! Easy to do, and your pretty brooches will get the wear they deserve.

Brooch (left): Banana Republic, $20
Brooch (right): Boutique in Kansas

Get this look:

1. missgaylee Shoulder Sitting Green Eyed Panther Brooch, $20 on Etsy
2. 2028 Brooch Red Crystal Flower, $25 at Macy’s

Replace the Self-Tie

One of the quickest ways to give your old pieces a new look is by replacing the “self-tie” (the piece of fabric that comes with coats, dresses, shirts and ties around the waist) with a real belt. I looped a leather belt through the loops of my sweater, and even switched out the tie in a winter coat!

altCoat (left): Banana Republic, $125
Belt (left): Filene’s Basement, $5
Sweater (right): Banana Republic, $30
Belt (right): H&M, $20

Get this look:

1. American Eagle Cinched Leather Belt, $30
2. Ann Taylor LOFT Chevron Beaded Belt, $35

J’s Everyday Fashion is a combination how-to and personal style blog. J teaches women how to
bridge the gap between fashion fantasy and clothes for everyday life by sharing her own journey as
a girl on a budget. She provides inspiration, affordable finds and style/shopping advice.


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