Here's an example of turning tired staples into something fun and funky through the magic of styling. Take this very staid pair of navy slacks (from Landmark's Moda Plus brand, last seen in this photo); a busy sleeveless top that doesn't fit quite correctly (from SM Surplus Shop) and my all-purpose thrifted black vest from Magarbo. Et voila!
Here's how I styled these from frumpy to funky:
1) I tucked my problem shirt in -- I like this print and really thought it would bring much-needed interest in this outfit. However, this soft and stretchy shirt has a weird band that sits low on the hip, so it gives me extra muffin top when I wear it. Then the shoulder straps are placed too far apart so the neckline gapes too. I solved that by tucking the shirt in and adding a vest to rein in the extra-friendly neck.
So when faced with the same old tired staples, think up ways to style it differently -- fold your pants-hems, roll up your sleeves, knot your shirts, wear a top backward, use a dress as a skirt -- be creative and have fun!
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