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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Turn old to new with a few simple tricks



Lots of times, we have to make do with old. But old doesn't have to mean outdated.

If there are pieces in your wardrobe that you still like but they are looking a bit tattered or ill-fitted, don't throw them out just yet! Consider these cost-savvy suggestions to refurbish and revamp your stuff.

Restore your sole: A quality shoe can last years with a few life-prolonging measures. Ladies, if you've worn down the tips of your heels to the nail but the bones of the shoe are still good, head to a shoe repair shop. For less than $10 a pair, a cobbler can make the ends of your heels like new. Gents, replace those worn soles and invest in some shoe polishing products to make your trusty Johnston & Murphys shine again.

Take it up an inch: If your staple skirt still fits in the waist but feels a little long because you bought it when the "it" style hit right below the knee, it's time to visit a tailor. Get that skirt hemmed to just above the knee and, voila, you have a whole new look for a lot less than a new skirt would cost.

Clean up your act: Getting dressed in the morning is a lot easier when your clothes are clean and pressed. This may sound silly, but admit it -- you've gone weeks without doing laundry or avoided wearing an item of clothing because it needed ironing. Take a trip to the dry cleaners (guys, when's the last time you got your sports jackets cleaned?) Then spend a few hours this weekend washing and ironing everything else in your closet.

Mix and match: One of the best ways to feel like you've got an expanded wardrobe is to find new ways to pair pieces together. Challenge yourself to wear things in a new way. It can be as easy as putting a black shirt with a printed skirt that you usually wear with white. Another idea: Mixed metal necklaces are really popular right now. Combine multiple strands of similar styles of necklaces from your own jewelry stash to create a fresh mixed metal ensemble.

~ Deal Diva Colleen

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:18pm]


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