Southern Belle in Training

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June 6, 2017

HOW TO: Restyle Something From Your Closet.

          If you've been reading here awhile then you know that I love to restyle older fashion pieces. When you're a gal on a budget, it's not always within your means or practical to always go out and buy completely new outfits, so that's where creativity and your sense of style comes into play! It's no fun to keep wearing the same thing over and over and styled in the same way, but if you take something that you've worn before and make a totally new outfit with it, it can be both fun and rewarding, and also good on your bank account! I'm walking you through that process in today's post, and also styling this cute new skirt!

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      The key to restyling beloved fashion pieces can be broken down into just a few simple tips: 

     1. Always mix a restyled item with something new. In the case of this outfit, I rediscovered this paisley bell sleeve crop top that I've had for a few years during my recent move! When I received this adorable lace-up skirt in the mail recently from Chicwish, I was already envisioning pairing the two together. 

      2. Make the end goal a totally new outfit. You need to make sure that the restyled outfit looks totally different then how you used to wear the item! This top was one of my go-to's for going out looks during my junior and senior years of college, especially in the winter months. Since it's such a statement top I used to throw it on with a pair of skinny jeans and wedges and call it good! By wearing it with a mini skirt and sandals, I gave it a totally different feel, and if college friends saw this outfit I bet they wouldn't be able to tell that it was my same beloved nightlife top of a couple years ago! The key is to make something old "new" again... not to repeat old outfits!

     3. ACCESSORIZE! Accessories, makeup and hairstyles are your best friend when restyling! Don't be afraid to change things up from your normal look. Again- the more different that these things look, the newer or more different it will make your restyled piece of clothing look! 

     Another note about the new piece that I'm wearing in this outfit- which is the darling lace-up skirt! This is my first item that I've received from Chicwish. I have heard of the website from other bloggers shopping there, so I was so excited to try some things for myself! This is such a fun and flirty little number and I think it would be great for Girls' Nights Out. (I am wearing a size S- I do think it fits more like an XS though.)


     Hope y'all are having a great week! Midweek Ramblings will of course be up tomorrow. I am so excited that the weather is finally supposed to be sunny and start to warm up in Vermont for later this week/weekend! It has been in the 50s for much of the past week- isn't that insane?

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!)



  1. I love when I find a completely new way of styling a piece! It really is a ton of fun to see all the different combos that you can make within your own closet. I think it's very easy to get caught up in wanting to have all the trends and keep with the fashion industry, but you are so right that you can be super stylish with the pieces that already own! Loved this post gf
    xo, G

  2. You look so cute! I love recycling from my closet! It makes me feel less wasteful!



  3. Love this! I love when I can re style something in my close! It basically makes it feel brand new!!


  4. Always a great reminder to restyle different pieces and make your wardrobe even bigger!


  5. Love this outfit on you! So cute! It's so true that adding accessories or even changing your hairstyle can transform the outfit!

    Carrie |

  6. Oh, totally loving the way you restyled that top!! And that skirt is so gorgeous <3 what a nice blue <3

  7. This is a gorgeous outfit on you! Restyling pieces is essential, especially for those of us on a budget!

  8. This outfit is so cute and I love the lace up skirt! Your hair is so long and gorgeous!

  9. I love this top and skirt together! Also, I need a pair of those shoes!

  10. This is such a great post, I'm always looking for tips on how to restyle clothes in my closet to create new outfits! Sometimes I just feel like I where the same thing over and over again, so I need to switch it up once in awhile!

    Kristen |

  11. These are great tips! I do a lot of restyling with items in my closet.

  12. YES! Love this post! I've been trying to "shop my closet" to find new ways to style things! I thnk I need to step up my accessory game

  13. Great ideas! I love restyling tops in different ways. Some of my favorite outfits are using old pieces.

  14. That skirt is too cute! I need to accessorize more! Typically I get up, get dressed and then head out the door to work - accessorizing doesn't ever cross my mind but I know throwing on a necklace or something would totally jazz up my outfits.

  15. This is SO cute! I need to work on this, I have a problem with saying I need something, wearing it for 2 weeks straight, and then never wearing it again!

    That skirt needs to be in my closet ASAP lol

  16. Love how you styled this! That skirt is so good.

    xo //


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