New Wedding Outfits (Using Old Clothes)

Don't look at your fridge now, but your save-the-dates for the year are starting to crowd out your grocery lists for prime real estate. And, if your bank account isn't experiencing the same sort of bounty, it can be stressful coming up with appropriate-but-affordable outfit options to wear to your friends' nuptials. Indeed, between a wedding gift, transportation fees, and lodging costs, fitting a new ensemble into your budget can be quite the challenge.
This time, forgo that shopping trip you can't afford, and turn to your own closet instead. Using clothes you likely already own, we're showing you how to concoct an elegant look for all those spring weddings. (And, if you're missing an item or two, this still makes any trip to the store a whole lot more manageable.) So, click through to see three different outfits made with three different items that come straight from your wardrobe. Now, that calls for a toast...
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Last Season's Maxi-Skirt — You lived in this floor-length skirt for the last few summers, but, lately, you've been skipping it in favor of your new high-slit pencil skirts and midi-length full skirts. However, with some clever layering, you'll be able to transform it into a fancy-looking bottom half for any upcoming spring wedding.

H&M Maxi Skirt, $17.95, available at H&M.
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Chances are your skirt is a high-waisted version. Layer with one of your roomy, silky camisoles in a coordinating hue (either a shade lighter or darker for a tonal effect, or a complementary color to colorblock). The key is to make sure the top of the cami ends below the smallest part of your waist — it'll create a streamlined, slip-gown-like silhouette that looks super dressy.

Topshop Strapp Pleat Cami, $52, available at Topshop; Cutler and Gross Aviator Metal Mirrored Sunglasses, $500, available at Net-A-Porter; H&M Maxi Skirt, $17.95, available at H&M; ASOS Tassel Choker Necklace, $20.32, available at ASOS; Dolce & Gabbana Black Floral Slingback Flat, $595, available at SSENSE; Boohoo India Camouflage Print Envelope Clutch Bag, $26, available at Boohoo.
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Your Go-To Work Suit — In a subtle pinstripe or check, your work suit might feel too stodgy to wear for spring weddings. But, it actually can provide the basis for a really fashion-forward, boy-meets-girl ensemble.

Zara Checked Blazer, $89.90, available at Zara; Zara Checked Trousers, $59.90, available at Zara.
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With a peplum top and your favorite pair of colorful sandals, the suit can turn into a wow-worthy piece that feels more couture than corporate. The key is to make sure your ankles are properly exposed. (You might want to use some hem tape to temporarily shorten your pants.) Accessorize with a party clutch and statement jewelry, and no one will confuse you for someone who just stumbled out of a boardroom.

Stella Jean Ayana Patterned Top, $363.06, available at Farfetch; Zara Checked Trousers, $59.90, available at Zara; Nasty Gal Wanderluster Freia Earrings, $90, available at Nasty Gal; Jason Wu Snake Print Cage Heel $1,195, available at Kirna Zabête; Zara Checked Blazer, $89.90, available at Zara; Obey Adieu Suede Clutch, $50, available at Revolve Clothing.
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That Bridesmaid's Dress — You know the one. It was perfectly acceptable for your friend's big day, but you've been having a hard time figuring out the right place to wear an Easter-egg-colored, floor-length dress with a gathered bosom.

Phase Eight Bridesmaid Dress, $198.07, available at John Lewis.
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The answer? Layer a longer-length vest on top, and cinch it in place with a wide belt. The addition of a few smart layers will prevent you from looking like a bridesmaid that got a little too creative with her outfit. Plus, you'll get some wear out of a dress you (probably) spent too much money on.

Mossimo Women's Fashion Vest, $27.99, available at Target; Kenneth Cole Double-Hinge Specchio-Leather Belt, $128, available at Kenneth Cole; Phase Eight Bridesmaid Dress, $198.07, available at John Lewis; Busk and Bask Loess Wrap Clutch, $160, available at AHAlife; Marni Metallic Sandals, $870, available at

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