11 Clever Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe

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For work, it looks classic with black & white. Off-duty, clash it with bright printed dresses. With your neutral work stuff
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Toss it over a full skirt and knot it at the waist, or tuck it into boyfriend jeans. It's basic but cooler, thanks to those subtle polka dots.
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When navy and black blazers don't feel exciting anymore, get one in a sand color, like this pretty, Chloe-esque one.
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Sling it low over ripped black jeans or cinch it around an otherwise tame gray work dress. It'll make it look like you were more thoughtful about your outfit than you were, in a good way.


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Wear stripes or checks or a neon tee up top for a more punchy look, or tone it down with a simple white silk blouse for work.


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A dress that's proper and parent-pleasing for weddings and what not, but still fun to dance in.
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Shoes that go with all different bottoms aren't the easiest to find. With swingy dresses, with skinny jeans, with black work ones: you'll wear these everywhere.
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A pair of ripped knee jeans to make you feel excited about basic jeans & tee looks again, because at elast they'll have a little attitude/swagger.
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Everyone needs a pair of earrings that can add a shot of adrenaline to a basic outfit.
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Always good to have a pair of pants busy enough to only need simple shoes and a white tee to feel done.


Digital Fashion Writer

Whining about having nothing to wear while standing on a pile of shoes, in front of an exploding dresser, and juggling armfuls of hangers: it's a somewhat ridiculous thing I do, but I know I'm not alone. Most women only wear 20 percent of their wardrobes regularly, which makes it way too easy to get sick of stuff and start feeling blah about getting dressed in general.

Not shockingly, my usual Rx—jumbo trash bagging stuff to take to Goodwill or sell on eBay before impulse buying something fantastically exciting but totally impractical—doesn't really work. Hitting the refresh button on your wardrobe requires some strategy, especially when you're trying not to buy unnecessary junk or spend too much money in the process. So below I've cooked up 11 shortcuts to help you do just that, via bags, dresses and shoes that have both punchiness and versatility on their side.

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