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How to get more outfits from the pieces you already own

midlife woman in posh chic street style
casual chic mature woman in denim dress with pants
Lookbook Store motorcycle leather jacket, denim dress, J Brand skinnies, statement silver belt, GNW polka dot socks, Prada satchel (all own), and embroidered Matisse mules c/o Soft Surroundings

Wear a dress over pants

Wearing a dress over pants is a big It trend lately. Of course, you can waste your money and buy one of the “pre-styled” dress with pants outfit. But guess what, unless you wear the dress without the pants or the pants without the dress you only get one trendy new look.

midlife woman in posh chic street style
Lookbook Store leather motorcycle jacket, Spy Girl scarf, dress, silver belt, J Brand jeans, GNW socks, Prada bag (all own), and Matisse slides c/o Soft Surroundings

Try the dress over pants look with items from your closet

It is easy to style a dress with pants. Denim-on-denim is always a good idea in this case. But you can also pair any straight print dress with pants. Use a belt to get nice proportions. Doing the dress over pants styling yourself provides you with many additional outfits. Straight black pants or slim leather pants with an A-style printed or texture dress are also good candidates for the look.

midlife woman in dress over pants
Spy Girl scarf, dress, hip belt, J Brand jeans (all own), and Matisse slides c/o Soft Surroundings

Here some further inspirations for the dress over pants look from my closet.

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Wear a dress as a skirt or shirt

My favorite tricks to get more wear out of my wardrobe are to look at a dress not only as a dress, but also as a shirt or a skirt. Would you think that the top in the next two photos is actually a dress from summer? You saw this dress already in the post at the link.

midlife woman wearing a dress as skirt
G-III suede skirt, u-knit dress worn as T-shirt, Sofie cardigan, BGBC belt, Coach bag, Gipsy coat carried over the arm (all own), own pearl necklace twisted with Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.
posh chic midlife woman
G-III suede skirt, u-knit dress worn as T-shirt, Sofie cardigan, BGBC belt (all own), own pearl necklace twisted with Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.

Wear a dress as a skirt

The next two photos show an example of how I wore my polka dot dress as a skirt this fall.

posh chic mature woman in fall outfit
Karina dress worn as polka dot skirt under GNW cardigan worn as top belted with Kieselstein Cord belt for shape and styled with Christian Dior pin point neckerchief, Calvin Klein block heel pumps, Gap leather trench coat (all own), and Florentine fringe suede leather clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta
posh chic woman over 50 in skirt and cardigan with leather coat
Karina dress worn as fit-and-flare skirt, GNW cardigan worn as top, Kieselstein Cord belt worn to define the waist, Christian Dior pin point neckerchief, Calvin Klein red block heel nude pumps, Gap leather coat (all own), and Florentine fringe suede leather clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta

Here are some further inspirations on how to wear a dress as a skirt.

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Wear a cardigan as a top

I think I have worn the cardigan shown in the above photo more often as a top than as a cardigan. 😉 How is that? Alaska is cold most of the year, does that count as an excuse? Or is “I hate ironing blouses or shirts” a better one? LOL.

woman in cardigan over blue and white sheath
Cardigan worn over a Shein dress as a top with Kieselstein Cord belt, Prada bag, Anne Klein pumps (all own)
midlife woman in blue and white dress with cardigan work outfit
Side view of procelain print Shein dress with cardigan, Kiesel Stein Cord belt, Anne Klein pumps and Prada satchel (all own)

Here are some further examples of styling a cardigan as top for your inspiration.

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What pieces of your closet could you wear in a different way? Will you try to get more outfits of the items you already own with these easy to copy tricks? Which outfit idea pops up in your mind? Send me your examples by email with your name and IG handle or blog address, and I will feature the first ten here on the blog.

Ageless Style Linkup

hostesses of the Ageless Style linkupWelcome to the Ageless Style Linkup party. Let’s see your ageless style.

Please visit some of the linked up blogs and spread the word about the party for more Ageless style inspirations. Please follow us on at least one of our platforms each. Thank you.

Ana ~ Mrs. American Made blog, bloglovin, instagram, pinterest, twitter, facebook

Cathy ~ Cathy V Style blog, instagram, facebook, pinterest, twitter

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks blog, instagram, pinterest, twitter

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust bloglovin, blog, instagram, pinterest, facebook, twitter

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots blog, instagram, twitter, bloglovin

Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style blogfacebookinstagrampinterestbloglovintwitter

Nicole ~ High Latitude Style blog, pinterest, twitter,facebook, google, instagram

Paula ~ Dimples on my What blog, facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, twitter

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between blog, instagram, bloglovin, Pinterest, facebook

Yvonne ~ Funky Forty blog, twitter, facebook.com, bloglovin, instagram, pinterest

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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