How To Instantly Double Your Closet

We don't know what we're doing wrong, but the mice we encounter in our lives definitely don't stitch us couture gowns while we're not looking. And, the only types of people who promise to grant our wishes do it in the same breath as asking for Kickstarter donations. The point is, we've learned that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Free clothes? Ha. Wouldn't that be nice.
Free is overrated, anyway. You've come to understand that the secret to actually appreciating what you own is when you've had to work to make it yours. By that logic, creating something new with your old things should be even more satisfying. Multiplying your potential outfit permutations — without spending a dime — is as simple as seeing your old things in a new light. With a little inspiration (which is free), you'll be able to expand the limitations you've previously put on each item in your wardrobe. Ahead, we'll show you how to take a handful of last year's purchases and make them relevant for this season. Your brand-new old closet awaits!
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The Chambray Vest
You Already Wear It: Buttoned all the way to the top with floral skirts, colored denim, and statement necklaces.
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The Chambray Vest
Now, Double Your Options By Wearing It: Open, with a statement bra, structured culottes, and minimal accessories.
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The Bustier Top
You Already Wear It: With cut-off shorts, high-waisted skirts, and an arm party.
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The Bustier Top
Now, Double Your Options By Wearing It: On top of a slouchy, white T-shirt, Mom jeans, and tomboy-approved shoes.
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High-Waisted Trousers
You Already Wear It: With silk blouses, denim jackets, and d'orsay pumps.
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High-Waisted Trousers
Now, Double Your Options By Wearing It: As the lower half to a DIY jumpsuit, with a tucked-in tank, a wide obi belt, and pastel sandals.
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The Maxi Dress
You Already Wear It: With studded sandals, oversized sunglasses, and doubled-up arm cuffs.
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The Origami-Hem Skirt
You Already Wear It: With a solid-colored crop top, ankle strap flats, and a trapeze-style bag.
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The Origami-Hem Skirt
Now, Double Your Options By Wearing It: Layered over a dress with a fluttering hemline, and sporty accessories.
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