Refresh Your Old Favorites in 4 Stylish Ways

New year, new wardrobe, right? Yes – but that doesn’t mean ditching your old sartorial standbys. In fact, sometimes it just takes a few updates (a new necklace here, a new way to style there) to turn old favorites into completely fresh-feeling outfits. Here’s how:

1. Layer it up and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Opting for a new necklace or bracelet will take a once-tired sweater to stylish new heights. Try layering the sweater over a colorful button-down, adding a glittery collar necklace, and heading out the door. (Check out these tips for how to layer.)

2. Dye it. Dyeing might be frightening because of its very permanent status, but with all eyes on ombre at the moment, it can’t hurt to give it a shot (peep the DIY here). Just add some bold leggings for an of-the-moment ensemble.

3. Let your tailor work some magic. Everyone’s familiar with denim cutoffs, but why not try altering some outdated dress pants? With the help of a tailor, cut those slacks and give them a cuffed hem for a fancier alternative to jean shorts. Pair with tights in all patterns and colors – they’ll add an extra dose of flair.

4. Or, do it yourself. Got a beloved shirt that’s lost its shape? Make it a vest. This one’s not for the craftily challenged – you’ll need some sewing skills. But throw it on over a new sundress and add a belt, and that old favorite will take on new life.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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January 28, 2013