3 Hacks to Make Any Outfit Work

I don’t know about you ladies, but when I come across a piece of clothing I absolutely love, there’s no way I’m trying to leave it behind to end up wallowing in regret. On top of that, I’m the type of gal who doesn’t let the size on the label necessarily disqualify me from rocking a piece to its fullest potential. You know what they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!” That’s why when I saw this amazing striped shirt dress in a size L on sale, I had to snatch it up! It’s kind of crazy because at the time, I wasn’t even sure what I would do with it. Fashion is risky like that sometimes (ok, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic, but you get the idea right?!

Now I know what you’re thinking, but just hear me out. I’ve been that girl before that has bought something I love in a smaller size than I could fit in hopes that I would lose enough weight to eventually be able to wear it. I’m proud to say that I am no longer that girl. I decided a while ago, that I would like to enjoy my fashion in the present instead of the future.

The whole thing got me to wondering, what if I could buy something (even if it wasn’t in my actual size) a size or two smaller if I really loved it, and find a way to make it work? I believe that anything is possible with some determination and a little ingenuity. That’s exactly why I decided to write this post, because I wanted to let you guys know that it is possible to make seemingly “unworkable” pieces work for you. In fact, I came up with 3 simple hacks that we can all use to make this happen.

Hack #1 – Layer Up

Dress on dress layering

Trust me when I tell you that the skill of layering can hide a multitude of sins. Believe it or not, this is a strategy that can be used year round, not just in fall and winter. As seen in the photo above, I layered that amazingly cute striped shirt dress over a sleeveless knit dress. Let’s go ahead and break down the look in detail. First off, who doesn’t love a cute, comfy knit dress that you can just throw on? Unfortunately, when I bought the dress I didn’t notice that it had pocket on the hips. I think it goes without asking, but I’ll ask it anyway, why the heck would a pear-shaped girl such as myself want to wear pockets on my already large hips?! I’m into body positivity and all, but let’s not get crazy!

Here I was with a too little shirt dress and an extremely unflattering pocketed knit dress . As far I was concerned, it was a match made in heaven! I was actually quite proud of myself in a pleasantly surprised sort of way when I saw the final look. What do you think? I’m going to challenge you to find a couple of pieces in your closet to layer up for a new and exciting look. Even better, pull some unflattering pieces (we all have some) and transform them into a layered look you can be proud of.

Tip #2 – Get Belted

If you’ve been sleeping on belts ladies it’s about time to get woke! I became a serious belt wearer a couple of years ago when I finally realized how much they can actually transform an otherwise less than impressive look into a thing of beauty. No matter what size or shape you are, a great belt can be a major game changer in your style. I strongly believe that every woman should, no must, find a positive body feature and accentuate it. If you’re not sure how, I urge you to start by experimenting with belts. Not too long ago, I found a fabulous oversized floral kimono. When I tried it on, it was basically a big blousy mess to be honest. Something told me to buy it anyway, and work on styling it on the best I could. As I looked through my closet for inspiration, I came across one of my favorite statement belts and the rest as they say is history! Check out the finished look below and judge for yourself.

One of my favorite belted looks ever!

Tip #3 – Give yourself a leg up with leggings

A good friend of mine introduced me to the idea of wearing leggings in a new way a few years ago. Her purpose for wearing leggings was more for modesty because she does not like to show her legs. I think I have cute legs, so that was not my reason for wearing leggings at all! The idea caught on with me because some of my dresses and skirts came up a little too short because quite frankly, I have big booty. I’m a girl who loves to wear long-line shapewear. Basically what happens when your shapewear is too long, is it ends up showing when you wear shorter garments. I remember one occasion when I was wearing this really cute black and white geo-printed dress and my co-worker tapped me on the shoulder. I thought she was going to compliment me on my dress, but she kindly whispered in my ear that my girdle was showing. I was mortified to say the least! So when I caught on to this legging hack, I was super excited. The adjustability of leggings is great because you can pull them up if you don’t want them show or pull them down if that’s more your taste. Needless to say, I have been confidently wearing my shorter skirts and dresses including the black and white one I mentioned before, for quite some time with great results! The look below shows how I was able to transform a sheer skirt into a halter dress that worked well when paired with black leggings.

This photo shows how leggings make this look really work

Perhaps this goes without saying but there’s no rule that says all 3 hacks cannot be combined into one cohesive look! There are so many more layered, belted, and legging combinations just waiting to be created. I can’t wait to see what you ladies come up with. If you’ve been inspired in any way by this post or have questions, be sure to comment on this post, tag me on your Instagram looks, and subscribe to my newsletter. Thanks so much for supporting my blog, I appreciate you guys so much!

Stay styled,

Andrea Elainne

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