How to get more outfits from the pieces you already own

Wear a dress over pants for more outfits

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.

Look at your clothes beyond their purpose for more outfits from what you already own. #dress4success Click To Tweet
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
#fashionover40 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, RedBubble scarf Spy Girl fashion blogger print, Prada satchel (all own), and embroidered Matisse mules 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.

#fashionover40 midlife woman in dress over pants
RedBubble Spy Girl fashion blogger print scarf, dress, hip belt, J Brand jeans (all own), and Matisse slides c/o Soft Surroundings

Here are further inspirations for the dress-over-pants look with pieces from my closet.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Wear a dress as a skirt or shirt for more chic looks

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.

Wear a dress as a skirt or shirt for more chic outfits from your wardrobe. #styletip Click To Tweet
#midlifestyle woman wearing a dress as skirt to get more outfits form her closet
G-III suede skirt, u-knit dress worn as T-shirt, Sofie cardigan, BGBC belt, Coach bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Science Inspired Jewelry DNA bangle, Gipsy coat carried over the arm (all own), own pearl necklace twisted with Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.
#trendsover40 woman adding posh looks to her wardrobe by wearing a dress as a T-shirt
G-III suede skirt, u-knit dress worn as T-shirt, Sofie cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangles, Science Inspired Jewelry DNA bangle, 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 examples of how I wore my polka dot dress as a skirt this fall to get more wear out of my wardrobe.

#styleover50 mature woman wearing a summer dress in fall as a skirt
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
#trendsover50 woman in dress worn as 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 further inspirations on how to get more wear out of your wardrobe by wearing a dress as a skirt.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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. ūüėČ 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.

#styleover50 woman wearing a cardigan over blue and white sheath
Cardigan worn over a Shein dress as a top with Kieselstein Cord belt, Prada bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Anne Klein pumps (all own)
#midlifestyle woman in blue and white dress with cardigan work outfit
Side view of porcelain print Shein dress with cardigan, Kiesel Stein Cord belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Anne Klein pumps and Prada satchel (all own)

Here are further examples for your inspiration of how to style a cardigan as top for more outfits from your wardrobe.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Style a cardigan as a top. #styletip Click To Tweet

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?

Ageless Style Linkup

#agelessstyle 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

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks blog

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust blog

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots blog

Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style¬†blog

Nicole ~ High Latitude Style blog

Paula ~ Dimples on my What blog

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between blog

Yvonne ~ Funky Forty blog

It would mean a lot to us when you spread the word about the party by tweeting have a look at these awesome outfit inspirations! Thanks for stopping by and linking up! Come back soon.

Get the inspirations to look to your best in life. Get a subscription to High Latitude Style. Deep inside you know when I can do it you can do it too.

When you like the blog, you may also want to get my style recipe book How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy your copy now.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post.

© 2013-2018 Nicole Mölders | All rights reserved

Advertisements