Buy Once, Wear Twice

As Christmas is rolling around, there may be some ladies getting new clothes for parties and events. I know I am!

Many of you have heard of the theory “Cook once, eat twice”. It’s a great idea that even I, with my limited cooking skills, try to adopt when I’m in the kitchen. Mostly, I just apply this idea when I’m shopping for clothes and getting ready.

When I shop, I look for items that I can make work for more than one season. For example, I love tank tops! Here in Arizona, you can pretty much wear them all year around! When I purchase a tank, I know that in the back of my mind I can always throw a cardigan over it with a fun scarf and BOOM, we’re set for fall! This really helps stretch my wardrobe, and budget!

The same works with dresses. Take this black maxi dress. In the summer, I live in maxis! They’re super flowy and cool in the summer, plus they’re flattering on pretty much anyone! Once fall rolls around, I hate the idea of hanging up my maxi dresses…so I don’t!

Here are just a few ways I make my maxi work for me in the fall/winter.

Maxi dress

  • Worn as a dress
  • Denim jacket over
  • As a skirt- (skirt tucked in with heels)
  • As a skirt- tank with belt and jacket
  • As a skirt- black shirt tied in a knot

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I don’t know about you, but when I buy a new item of clothing, I can pretty much only see one or two ways of wearing it. Especially if it’s a rather “loud” item. After the item lives in my closet for a few weeks, I start to see it mingling with other items!

A few months back, I bought a pair of loud red pants. It was a bold step for me to draw attention to my legs, but they were just too fun to resist! At first, I paired them with the obvious -a black shirt. After a while, I could see different outfits developing and now my red pants are a staple! I wear them all the time with all kinds of tops!

Red pants:

  • Stripes
  • Leopard print
  • Denim shirt
  • Denim with fur vest

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Bottom line, when you’re making purchases, try to think outside the box. Think about how you can make that item work for YOU, not the other way around! And just know that after it’s hung around in your closet, you’ll get bold and creative and start to think of other ways of wearing it.

Also, if you find yourself just plain stuck and you aren’t sure how to wear something, GOOGLE (or check out Pinterest)! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled “how to wear…”

Let me leave you with this. You can “pull off” anything you set your mind to. So do it!

I’d love to hear/see what outfits you’ve played with!



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