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Resurrect the Old to Create New Season Trends
by Emily McCormick

Old can become new again with a few creative changes. Take an old pair of nylons, cut off the feet and use them as leggings. Pair jeans with a short dress for a whole new look. Wrap a necklace around your wrist for a chunky bracelet. Wear an old belt around your ribcage instead of your hips. Here are a variety of easy changes to meeting today’s new trends.

Pair a dress with jeans:

Try wearing a pair of jeans under a short dress. This is such a great outfit! It makes a dress a little more casual and gives a bohemian look; it completely changes how either the dress or jeans look alone. When you’re putting this outfit together, remember your jeans need to be tight and your skirt should be knee-length or shorter, otherwise there’s too much going on. This looks fabulous with jersey knit or cotton dresses, but avoid wearing dresses that are too formal in either style or fabric.

To complete this outfit pair it with ballet flats for a casual look or ultra-high heels for a sexier look. Pull out a long necklace and huge earrings, and you’re set. You have an outfit with tons of personality, ultra-comfortable and easy-to-wear.

Layering shirts:

Layering shirts is a great trick, because it mixes up what could be a boring outfit. It’s also the perfect way to get mileage out of what you have in your closet.

Put a tube top over a button up or a white button up under a graphic-T to create a whole new look. You can go totally casual, or work-appropriate. It completely changes how a top looks, just by using things you already have.

To complete this outfit pair your layered shirts with jeans, shorts or nicer pants for work. Big hoop earrings look awesome with both the casual and dressy versions of this outfit. For shoes, you can go with a sassy wedge or a casual pair of Vans…

Remember to avoid too much detail in the undershirt or overshirt unless you’re someone used to pulling off a funky style.

Cut off tights for leggings:

Cut off the feet of old tights to wear as leggings. The tights can be colored or patterned and you’ll want to cut them off so they hit approximately an inch below the knee. Leggings are great when paired with a short skirt and a baggy top. You can also dress them up with stilettos or down with flip-flops. Complete the outfit with an oversized bag and a belt at the ribcage.

Accessorizing is a great way to change a look; and here are easy steps to using what you have to create new trends:

Wrap a long necklace around your wrist for chunky bracelet. Great with pearls.

Wrap a bandana or ribbon around your head like a headband.

Pull an old belt around your ribcage instead of your hips. Totally changes how a shirt looks.

Get out your old, comfy chunky heel platforms and wedges. No more super-spiky stilettos…which is great news for women because platforms and wedges are more comfortable and easier to walk in.

Supersize your bag. The bigger the better for your purse this season.

Colored jeans are back. If you’ve held onto any white, black or pink jeans over the years…it’s time to pull them out again.

Pull out the plastics. Everyone who lived through the 80s probably had a plethora of plastic jewelry. So, go down to the kids costume closet and pull it out again.

Curly-heads live it up. Tons of women with curly hair spend so much time every day straightening it. Stop it. Live it up. Make it big, it’s super easy to do. Just brush it out and spray it.

About the author:

After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make the owners feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top or cardigan) owners Emily McCormick and Athelia Woolley decided to do something about it.

Shabby Apple LLC is an American online dress boutique. Shabby Apple simplifies the dressing process for women. The company focuses on helping women dress for their body shape by providing detailed information on the styles, cuts, and fabrics that flatter various body types. Shabby Apple also suggests different accessories for a single dress to create looks appropriate for various occasions. The dress designs are inspired by indie-prep professionals and hipster moms.

The company designs a Shabby Baby line of dresses for girls 0-6 months to size 12.

Shabby Apple launches four lines of dresses a year and is a women-owned and operated, socially responsible company. They have partnered with Unitus, a non-profit organization in the micro finance industry, to help alleviate global poverty for millions of women and their families.

Visit Shabby Apple online at http://www.shabbyapple.com/.