6 Tips to Make Your Wardrobe Bigger

Don’t know what to wear? How to make your wardrobe ten times more hip without going shopping.


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6 Tips to Make Your Wardrobe Bigger

Try layering a shirt over your dress, for a totally fresh look

Have a closet stuffed with dresses that only make appearances for specific occasions like weekend brunch, spring weddings and corporate gatherings? I sure do. Being active in a sorority during college teaches young women a lot of valuable things such as networking skills, leadership, time management—the list goes on. One bonus of being active in my sorority was that there was always an event happening. These events provided the perfect excuse to throw down some major cash on new dresses perfectly suited to the theme of formals, networking events, mixers and more. So, what’s a girl to do with all of these worn-only-once dresses?

First, try layering them under a circle or A-line skirt. The key here is to make sure the skirt has enough volume to cover the extra fabric of your dress, and voilà—you have just expanded your blouse collection! Any shirt-dress owners in the crowd? Easily turn a fitted t-shirt dress or maxi into the skirt portion of your outfit by throwing on a knotted chambray shirt or boxy crop top. This outfit-hack is perfect for the girl on the go.

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging ( and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Avatar of Hannah Rose

    Hannah Rose

    Sorry but I think most of the outfits here are only for certain body types. I’d look huge in a peplum and pencil skirt. ?

  2. Avatar of Leticia Bass

    Leticia Bass

    My mom needs to have this discipline about her wardrobe. She’s quite the fashionista compared to my very minimalist wardrobe. Problem is that she has so much clutter now and I can’t make her dispose most of it. Her closet is too filled already with clothes she can’t even wear anymore. She has a habit of hoarding clothes even if doesn’t fit anymore or that if it’s too worn out. She just gets really sentimental about stuff even if it’s not even expensive, or even if it’s the cheapest.

  3. Avatar of Margie Ross

    Margie Ross

    I don’t want to go through the hassle of going to a taylor just to have my outfits re-done!

  4. Avatar of Rachael Patrick

    Rachael Patrick

    Have you guys heard of the eternity outfit? Not sure if it’s called the same in other places but it’s a cloth that can be transformed into endless outfits.

  5. Avatar of Janet Powers

    Janet Powers

    I always see a lot of people layer down clothes or fold them in such a way that it would seem like it’s a new dress or top, but for some reason, it doesn’t work for me. It looks very lousy and it would fall apart within the day. I sometimes have a hard time folding it or tucking it back to how it was whenever I would take a bathroom break. It’s such a hassle! I think it only works for certain types of clothing because others can really be a pain to recreate. My co-worker does the same and I can’t even do the same.

    • Avatar of Billie Scott

      Billie Scott

      That’s why the article made it clear that the pairings should have enough volume to ensure that you can hide the fabric that you’re about to tuck.

  6. Avatar of Mae Little

    Mae Little

    Concert tees are so cute to play with. You can even add patches to add more style to it.

  7. Avatar of Carole Gibbs

    Carole Gibbs

    Err, croptops aren’t an option. I have stretchmarks.?

  8. Avatar of Janice Garcia

    Janice Garcia

    I must admit that going to work is already tiring as it is and having to spend hours trying to choose what officewear to use isn’t something that I want to do anymore. I have about 10 pairs of clothing that I just juggle around for the entire week and I started caring very little about being fashionable or fashionably updated. It’s not like I come to the office for a runway show. I could care less about how I use my clothes repeatedly as long as I look clean and professional. Men could wear the same thing for an entire week and people won’t even notice. They’d just assume that he has the same damn pair and bought 10 of it.

  9. Avatar of Andrea Klein

    Andrea Klein

    I have big hips so peplum tops aren’t an option. I’d look bigger.

  10. Avatar of Lillie Vaoughn

    Lillie Vaoughn

    Fashion is overrated sometimes. It just gets too boring to keep up with trends because in time, it will be the same again. Fashion is never original or new.

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