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July 26, 2010

How to update your look

One of my friends and I were discussing how to make some of our older favorite pieces of clothing look more up to date and current. I think one of the easiest ways to update an old look is to simply wear the outfit a different way. The key is to incorporate a newer trend into the outfit by focusing on accessories such as belts, jewelery, shoes, and handbags.  On Saturday I went out to dinner and decided to put on this BCBG dress from last season. This dress actually ties in the back but I really don't like that feature of the dress anymore. So I hid the attached belt by adding  this wide brown belt over it.  I also added a fun watch, a gold cuff, and a pair of  brown peep toe platform pumps to complete the look. I felt like my outfit was instantly updated.

What are your favorite ways to update your look for the summer?

{BCBG dress, Enigma shoes, Prada bag, Tory Burch cuff, La Mer collections watch,
Anthropologie belt, Chanel sunglasses }

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49 Comments:

Style of a Fashionista said...

Wow the dress looks amazing and the style and colour of the belt you picked is so perfect with the colour of your dress you look gorgeous.

I am with you accessories breathe new life into clothes xoxo

this free bird said...

I love this look. And I recognized that Anthropologie belt a block off!! LOVE IT with your dress. It looks terrific on you.

You completely hit the nail on the head. Things we love from previous years can most definitely be kept in the mix if we update the accessories. Your dress is an excellent example.

Hope your weekend was grand,
Carrie

annelise said...

You have a head of the most gorgeous hair!

I'm pretty much style-challenged, so apart from saying the colour of your dress is beautiful, I have nothing much else to add!

Hope you had a great weekend :)

kirstyb said...

love that dress xxx

Anthea said...

Oooh! Love the green dress!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Café Bellini said...

Great idea, you look really good!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Great look! Finding new ways to wear an item is surly the way to go.

Tanvi said...

Hey! I am back in Texas. It was lovely to meet you and catch up on 'blogger-stuff' Hehe! You look great in this dress. I agree the best way to update a look is to change/add a belt, contrast it with bag and shoes. Or sometimes I just wear the same dress with different hair style and it makes all the difference :) Here's to recycling! Happy Monday!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great look...That dress with the belt looks so stylish and I love your hair,sweetie:)
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday:)

Kisses

Lynzy said...

What a gorgeous green dress! Recycling old items in my closet is a MUST! :)

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Not a Paper Cup said...

wow...that dress is a great colour! nice blog :)

Deliciously Organized said...

You look beautiful. I agree, adding a few newer accessories, to older items, is the best way to update an outfit. Very cute outfit!

Krystal said...

definitely updated, very nice!!! happy monday :)

its simple love said...

Awe you look beautiful! Agreed with the change of accessories idea, they can flip a whole outfit around!

Rachael

Amy said...

cute! and i agree...accessories is the way to go!

Couture and Crayons said...

This dress is fantastic on you. Color is beautiful and the belt is a great way to update it. Just lovely.

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

you got it, add a belt! and shoes definitely update any look.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Oooh! Love this outfit. Great dress.

Annie said...

You look soooo pretty! Great color on you. I adore the whole outfit.

Hope you have a great start to your week! :)

~ Annie xo

Ms. Chyme said...

Stunning look. Thanks for sharing those ideas.

Marcie said...

Great dress! You look stunning. I am all about updating what I already have. Your advice is great and right on.

xo Marcie

Sovina said...

you look so perfect..love this shade of green and i agree i do this a lot..just mix and match the stuff..add a belt or a necklace or a jacket..especially helpful these days when i am cutting down on shopping :)

http://weddingonthecards.blogspot.com

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

i love the mix of green and brown, great outfit :)

jadepurplebrown.blogspot.com

Torrie said...

Hi there!

Thanks for visiting my blog last week:). Sorry for the delayed comment...been a bit challenging getting back into the swing of things since coming back! Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous and I love this outfit. I am seeing so many cute ruffled pieces and I sadly don't have any in my closet!! I will need to change that:).

bollywoodstylediaries said...

Love the color of this outfit..ur absolutely right - changing accessories is the best way to update any look..

Valerie said...

What a fabulous tutorial on how to update a look, Naina! You look beautiful in that color and totally current. And HELLO handbag! That thing is amazing! Hope you had a great weekend. I'll definitely do a post soon about my transition of work blouses into everyday wear.

xo
Valerie

Erika said...

You look so incredibly glamorous in these photographs - the color of your dress is pure bliss!

I am an accessories girl. I will work accessories into each and every ensemble in order to update my style and make it standout!! :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow that color looks gorgeous on you!! :D
I am just lazy and I wear things the same way ;) But lately I've been adding a short sleeve blazer over a dress to make it like a skirt
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Love the outfit! The color of the dress is fabulous! I love the header of your blog. It's very pretty!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow I love it! You look amazing and did a fabulous job updating it!

I usually try to wear an outfit a different way be it wearing a dress backwards if it has an interesting detail, wearing a skirt as a shirt or shirt as a skirt or adding accessories.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Love that dress- it's so perfect on you. Great color. I try to update with either tights (in the fall/winter) or different accessories.

Couture Carrie said...

Great idea, darling!
Love this belted dress!
You look gorgeous!

xoxox,
CC

Lisa Griffin said...

That dress is awesome, i love the ruffles, you look great!!
www.indramaticfashion.com

Elle Sees said...

love this color on you.

Jammer said...

LOVE this outfit! The color of the dress is so pretty!

I just kept it classic on the first day, but I think I'm going to try and have more fun once I get a feel for what's the normal office attire. Thanks for the good luck wishes!

http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

Jesson And Rey Ann said...

gorgeous green dress!

Robin @ toxicbeautyblog.com said...

The green dress is lovely...and the whole ensemble is very put together! I can only hope to look that stylish!

Robin @ toxicbeautyblog.com

Style Attic said...

Love the dress: It's the perfect green, the ruffles are hot and the length is perfect for you & you legs! Good for you :)

Josie said...

I love, LOVE this look, my dear. The turquoise shade is absolute perfection and that chunky brown belt is to die for.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Vintage Obsession said...

I think its one of the best and easiest ways of updating any look , different accessories will immediately change the whole look , that shade of green looks absolutely adorable on you :)

The Mommy said...

I just love that color! The brown belt goes so well with it. Accessories are so much fun:)

Ms. Emily Ann said...

Adorable! I love big belts, and they are so flattering! Mixing and matching accessories is my favorite way to change and update my closet!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

You look amazing! Love the updated outfit. I know in the past I was way too quick to discard clothing.. not anymore. Rethinking an item is key! Love your blog, so happy to have found you, I'm now following! xx

Lady Marmalade said...

i like so much your style.this outfit is soo cool!!!

style-haus said...

u look soooo chic and sophisticated! u did a fantastic job of giving this dress an updated look!!! i agree...i think accessorizing an old piece can give it a whole new life. GREAT post!

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

Catita said...

oh pretty! i have the same dress ;)
Catita

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Ensley said...

It's so easy to get in a pattern of wearing pieces one way and ONE WAY ONLY. Great example of "shopping your closet"!

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