I often have to go to multiple events for work and this has required me to get quite imaginative and creative with how I style what’s already in my closet. It doesn’t make sense to have to buy a new outfit for every single function I go to as I’d quickly spend a small fortune! However I also want to look and feel my best and I’m the first to admit that that can often come from wearing something new. This is why I’ve found that it’s important to refresh an evening look so I can still get that brand new clothes feeling without having to actually spend a cent. Here’s what I do…
Switch up my accessories
The right bag and shoes are crucial elements to any evening look and I find it’s one of the easiest ways to make an ensemble feel new. For example I can easily re-wear the same LBD multiple times but by simply pairing it with different footwear (I may opt for a statement heel if I wore a simple black shoe the last time I wore the dress) and bag each time it feels refreshed rather than recycled.
Change my jewellery
A dress I already own can easily feel fresh with the right jewellery. I’ll often pick a focal point for a look when it comes to accessorising so if I wore a dress with statement earrings at one occasion I may opt for a ring or bracelet the next time I wear it so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing exactly the same thing.
Take a different beauty approach
Hair, makeup and nails are all important when it comes to styling an evening look and it’s often in the beauty department where I find I can easily make a dress I already own feel new again. My rule is to always go for the total opposite beauty look that I opted for the last time I wore the outfit I’ve chosen. So if I wore my hair down with natural makeup on an ensemble’s previous outing I will wear my hair slicked back with a cat eye the next time I wear it so I don’t feel as if I’ve just hit replay again. Nail polish is always a great way to finish off a look so I will often just make sure that I’m wearing a different shade each time I wear a dress.
Think outside the dress box
The majority of the time I will wear a dress if I’m going to an event but I will change things up if I feel the need for a change. Instead of wearing a dress I may consider wearing a top and skirt, a jumpsuit or even a suit if I’m feeling a little uninspired by my dresses. Often by simply exploring alternatives to wearing a dress to a function I feel as if I’ve got a completely new outfit.
What are some ways you would re-work an existing evening look?