Outfit Refresh 101: Take Old Clothes and Style Them New

Hi dolls! Welcome back to Happy Little Shopping Secret. I’m so glad you’re here. Today, I’m sharing a few tips on how I make my older clothes have a face-lift. Follow these four steps and you’ll look like a dream 🙂

Outfit Refresh Steps

  1. Start with an article of clothing that you absolutely want to wear that day. For me, my key piece could be a hat, a pair of shoes, etc. In this post, I really wanted to have a cozy sweater on. I chose my ‘Sage’ colored sweater for this outfit because it is such a soft knit that is perfect for these cold days we have been having in Idaho!
  2. Pick your jeans, skirt or pants. This is always my next part of my outfit. If the jeans (in my case), look good with the sweater alone than you are on the right track. If they don’t, chose another pair. I wanted to have a soft sweater and destroyed/patch jeans. This gives my look more dimension. #oppositesattract!
  3. Layering. Layering is something that has been around forever. If you’re like me, growing up in Minnesota my mom was all about the layering…her children in snow pants, heavy down coats, etc. (I had to always make sure I went to the bathroom before this layering process!) This makes me love layering. In this outfit, I wanted to add even more dimension. I channeled my inner “Blair Waldorf” with this darling peplum with interesting collar tie from Zara. This adds an innocent or old fashion twist to my modern sweater and jeans.
  4. Pick the accessories and shoes. For this outfit, because it already had so much detail, I opted to not really use any major accessories. I always wear my wedding ring or wedding band with each outfit, so those were a given.  I kept my accessories simple because I wanted to add even more “pop” to this outfit with my shoes. Since the outfit is made mostly of neutrals, I decided to choose these sapphire blue, sparkling loafers/flats. A bold shoe choice should (in my opinion) be paired with a muted outfit. If you are a color lover, do your thing and BE BOLD! Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Final Product

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Sweater: Madewell (similar here), Collared Top: Zara (similar here! I want this so badly!) Jeans: Old Navy (a great deal! Similar here also), Flats: Gap (so so old, similar here and here)

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Overall, I really looovvvee how it turned out. Don’t be afraid to take risks in fashion choices. Also, make sure you under sleeve is pulled taught before taking a photo! My usually small shoulders look a little like a football player here because of the under shirt. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂  I love comments or feedback so don’t be shy. Leave me a little note below or on Instagram.

happy shopping,


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