September 15, 2016

Transforming Your Outfit



We all have those times when we need to make a wardrobe change, whether it be from work to a night out, or church to a day trip. Maybe you don't want to carry a whole extra bag of clothes. I certainly don't. But what can you do? Cue drum-roll. . . transform your outfit!


Of course, we don't have fairy godmothers that can turn our rags to ballgowns with a wave of her wand and a bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. We have to do it ourselves. I'm going to show you how to take an outfit and transform it using only a few pieces of clothing or accessories that you could carry in your bag.

The Outfit

I'm going to start with a simple outfit that will be used as our base for all the transformations. You can use whatever outfit you're planning to wear that day. I'm going to use a black skirt and a black top. (Which I meant to take a picture of, then forgot, so just imagine there's a picture there.)

Transformation One

First, we're going to pretend you were just at church. You have on a scarf, several bracelets, and ballet flats. But afterwards you're going to visit some museums. You don't want to wear all that fancy stuff. What can you do?


Bring a pair of tennis shoes and socks, the best option for anywhere you're planning to walk a lot. Then, switch out your scarf for a necklace and/or belt. Voila, you're ready to brave the museum crowds.


Transformation Two

This time, let's go the other way. You've been out and about all day, and now you have to go to a nice event without stopping by home. All you're wearing with your outfit is a jacket. How do you change this one?


Start with the hair and make-up. Both are easy to do in the car and can quickly take you from busy to glamorous. Exchange your walking shoes for flats or heels. Add a sweater and some nice jewelry, and you're ready for your party.


Other Ideas

All situations won't match the ones I wrote about above. So here are some other ideas for changing your outfit up.

A shirt is always an easy switch. You can pop one in your bag and change it quickly in the bathroom. But be careful if it's a button up shirt. It may wrinkle. You can also add a sweater, vest, or jacket.


Shoes can be changed as well. Tennis shoes, sandals, pumps, heels, all these can add to your outfit.


And then there's accessories. Scarves, belts, and jewelry can all be used to turn an outfit from work to formal, or visa versa. Layer them up or go simple, whatever works. Don't forget hair and make-up. They can help as well.


What's your favorite way to transform an outfit? What sort of quick switches have you pulled? Let me know in the comments.

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