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7 Items to Give Your Existing Wardrobe a Rebirth with Sissy Sainte-Marie

Lust, Covet, Desire: I'm no saint, but I have restraint.

Sorry not sorry you have to see me wearing some of my own wardrobe favorites again. Some are as old as [gasp] Spring Summer 2018!  But this is actually something I pride myself on. I prefer being economical with my garments to reduce waste and save money (and maybe to rationalize my tendency to be a bit of a hoarder.) Let’s be honest, I’m not 100% virtuous in the not-accumulating-more or only-buying-timeless-essentials department. I do love to indulge a fun trend and a shiny new version of an old favorite, but I try to exercise restraint. So this week I sat down with that little angel on my one shoulder and that little devil on my other shoulder and we had a talk. The 3 of us agreed to show how you can snap up and style a few new items to spice up your older pieces, thereby extending their life. 

[Speaking of a long life - a quick PSA: Please please please wear your masks and follow all the guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.] 


 

The wide belt. Cinch your summer blouses with it or wear it over something body con.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh - Mundo Belt

 

 

The animal print shoe. Since animal print is inherently earthy, it can act as a neutral that's just a little bit extra. Wear them with simple dresses, with pops of color, or try print mixing. 

Maryam Nassir Zadeh - Lark Sandal

Sandy Liang - Dancey Dress

 

 

The outdoorsy hat. Mix this utilitarian piece with something a bit more formal or structured like a blazer.

Ganni - Bucket Hat with Tie - Kalamata Check 

 

 

The rib skimming denim. With a rise this high, you can go for a really tiny tank, bikini top even. Or maybe I've just lost my mind. 

Re/Done - 30s Ladies Jean

 

 

The utility vest. Goodbye purses, this has enough pockets to carry all of your necessities. Throw it over something unexpected like a demure midi dress or puff sleeve blouse.

Stussy - Mesh Layer Vest

 

 

The eye candy belt. Carrie Bradshaw it by wearing it directly on your skin with a cropped top and a hip slung skirt.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh - Bruno Belt

 

 

The oversized collar. Layer it under a sweatshirt to give your leisurewear a fresh spin. 

Ganni - Sleeveless Cotton Poplin Top