Top 3 Tips on Creating Fresh & Exciting Looks with What You Have

November 6, 2017

Street Style Outfit Inspiration Fall and Feather AccessoriesHow many times have you looked into a closet full of clothes and said, I don’t have anything to wear? Back in University I couldn’t afford much. I worked part-time and had a closet full of clothes, yet I didn’t feel like I had anything to wear half the time. I would wear a small percentage of what was in my closet, which was such a shame. If only I were better at figuring out how to make my closet work harder, and create more outfits for me than I knew it could back then. So, as time went on and I paid more attention to what I had, I learned how to create way more looks and reduce the cost per wear. I really just wish I had learn how to do this way earlier, so I’m sharing some favourite tips with you.Street Style Outfit Inspiration Fall and Feather AccessoriesStreet Style Outfit Inspiration Fall and Feather AccessoriesStreet Style Outfit Inspiration Fall and Feather AccessoriesStreet Style Outfit Inspiration Fall and Feather AccessoriesStreet Style Outfit Inspiration Fall and Feather Accessories

Two Items Combined Can Create A Different One All-Together
You know how you have compound words in the alphabet? Take the words Make and Up. Two totally different words, but together it gives new meaning. I feel the same way about the belt and trousers here. Honestly, I really wanted to wear high waisted trousers with this feather accessory and lace top, but really liked the gold buttons on the mid-rise ones, so I decided to create the illusion of high-waisted ones with my obi-belt, which you’d seen me wear differently during London Fashion Week here and New York Fashion Week here. Two key pieces in your wardrobe can create an entirely new look. Sometimes when you uexpectedly put together items, you help yourself create something really elevated. For example, skinny leather pants and leather ankle boots worncan look like black thigh boots. Wear that with a long snuggly knitted sweater and you have yourself a fantastic Autumnal outfit. Matching monochromatic pants and tops can often look like a 1-piece when you place a belt in the same color just over the beltline as I have with this outfit. I’ve also noticed quite a few embellished collars that act as add-on to simple blouses, sweaters or collarless shirts to give the illusion of an entirely new purchase. Actively creating new looks can sometimes take a bit of time in front of the mirror, but the extra 5 or 10 minutes is worth it, especially if it means you’ll wear it that way over and over again as I will.

Accessorizing in Completely New Ways
Bracelets can become anklets, long necklaces can be worn as belts and multiple necklaces can be layered. my favourite is using accessories in ways that they’re no officially labelled. My girlfriend Diana of Queenhorsfall whom I met up with in Paris Fashion Week wore a beautiful strapless dress over a shirt. She didn’t think it would stay up, so she took a bunch of large pins from her bag and took them all along the top of her dress and pinned them to her dress shirt. Those pins became a part of the entire outfit like it was designed that way. It was so beautifully done. Even her cute French beret had pins! Such a well-thought out and incredible look! She was one of the most stylish girls attending fashion week.

Layering
I remember back when I lived in Japan, I spent most of my money travelling and very little on clothes. There, you can look so incredible without spending much, and what you think looks hideous on the rack will be transformed into amazing street fashion. I wish I knew how to layer masterfully in Canada because now it’s so hard to layer and create looks living in hotter climates. This feather accessory is something I bought in Milan. The designer only released 2 during
Milan Fashion Week and I happen to have purchased one of 2. While the retailer sold it as a “special occasion” item, I’m the type who likes to incorporate statement pieces and items that are a little over the top into my every day wardrobe (and I’ve already worn it twice in 2 weeks). My intention was to wear it in Paris, but I went with other outfits. Buying an accessory that can be worn and layered in various ways is a fantastic investment. This is something I would wear over a t-shirt, this lace sleeveless top, a leather jacket, a wool coat and even a good knit paired with jeans. I usually like to purchase items that travel well and are lower maintenance, but this was an exception for me because I loved it so much – and hey, It made it back in perfect condition from Italy to France and back to Florida, didn’t it? If you want to create something new. Put it on top or under something else in front of a mirror and see if you love it.

SHOP THE LOOK

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instastories, you’ll have seen when I purchased these Valentino Garavani lace up heels a couple of weeks back. I found them on sale online and shared the link. Unfortunately since then, they’ve sold out in this pretty blush pink color. I love this style and when I buy luxury shoes, I like to invest in ones I can wear year after year. I found a pair that have a lower heel and also another one in black with the same heel height as mine. They’re really comfortable and my feet don’t get tired because I get some of that height from the platform. They are true to size! My Prada Saffiano is 2-tone, I could only find one-tone with double pocket linked online. The black feather accessory along with all the other items are also linked below.

What are some of your own closet tips? I’d love to hear in the comments below, as I love learning new ways to create something fresh and exciting! I hope you enjoyed this post. For more inspiration on style and travel, follow me on Bloglovin♥Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list for special announcements and exclusive content.

Xo,

Miki

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49 Comments

  • Reply Nikki November 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I need this vest in my life!!!! Using some of these tips which are so cool!! Great ideas babe!!

    • Reply miki November 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much Nikki!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Simplement Lui November 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    So stylish … wonderful and fabulous outfit! Great sandals as well 😉

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/ladies-in-red/

    • Reply miki November 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much! Have a lovely week!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Nina Nguyen November 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    You look fabulous doll!! I agree it’s about learning to work with what you have and wearing it different ways!!
    xx- Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/2017/11/thanksgiving-outfit-ideas-2017.html

    • Reply miki November 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Right?? 🙂 Thanks Nina!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Christine Kong November 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    This is a great post! I think we should all try and use what we have to create new, fresh looks instead of always needing to buy new things. Sometimes if you just wear something differently it looks so new to everyone else. That being said, this shawl is so fashion forward and such a statement piece. I also love the trousers and the gold button details. Such an incredible look and styling. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • Reply miki November 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Admittedly not always the easiest to do. Some people just make it look so effortless! You do that so well with your looks, especially when it comes to denim! It always looks so different! Thanks so much Christine!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Konstantina Antoniadou November 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    The trousers are simply amazing!! I am obsessed with the pattern!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  • Reply Mercy November 6, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    What a creative outfit dear! Love the feathers, so cute!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  • Reply Len Parent November 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    You look amazing as always! Love your style babe!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Much love,Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

  • Reply Lizzie November 7, 2017 at 1:24 am

    So often is tempting just to buy something new! But it’s great to use what you already have in a new fresh way for a different look
    I adore this outfit
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  • Reply Siree November 7, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Love how you styled your accessories here Miki!
    Great creative tips on how to upgrade your look with what you have 😀

    Xx
    Siree
    http://www.thehiddenthimble.com

  • Reply SwissTwins November 7, 2017 at 2:47 am

    You look amazing Darling<3
    I really love this look
    Have a great day
    kiss
    http://www.swisstwins.ch/

  • Reply Lovely November 7, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Dear Miki,

    I love this whole look, love how you have created this look by using what you already have. You look amazing and thank you for sharing your tips. Have a wonderful week darling! xoxo Lovely

  • Reply Elegant Duchess November 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Some great ideas babe!! I absolutely love this SHAWL ACCESSORY WITH FEATHERS!! How original! Great styling xx

    http://www.elegantduchess.com/2017/11/07/how-to-wear-romantic-florals/

    • Reply miki November 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 I’m obsessed with feathers lol Have a wonderful week!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Courtney November 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    These are some great tips! You look stunning girl.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Patricia November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Your outfit is amazing and you look absolutely beautiful!
    Great pics 😀
    Wish you a lovely day
    xx

    https://naturallyfreesoul.com/

  • Reply Federica Di Nardo November 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

    In love with those pants!

    Federica
    http://www.federicadinardo.com

  • Reply mainou November 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Love the tips & love your outfit!
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

  • Reply Aleeha November 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Layering is one of my favourites in the colder months!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

  • Reply Cindy Elena November 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I loooooove that look babe. It’s so cool and honestly love how you styled it.

    xo | Cindy Elena
    http://www.boringclothes.com

  • Reply Jalisa November 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Oh wow! I honestly thought those were high waisted pants, I didn’t realize at first that it was the belt that created that illusion! I adore the way it looks and I love that feather piece, it’s so unique and a great way to add a high fashion vibe to the most simple piece or enhance a more elegant top, like the one you’re wearing. Thanks for sharing these tips and I hope you have a great week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

  • Reply Jessi Malay November 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I love this, it’s never a bad thing to recycle the clothes you already have.

    XO, Jessi
    https://www.mywhitet.com/4-easy-diy-baby-shower-treats/

  • Reply lesley kim November 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    such a stylish outfit!!
    Lesley-Kim

  • Reply Veronica November 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I know exactly the feeling of having a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear. Every girl’s problem. Great tips by the way, they are really helpful. I will do my best to apply them when I’m in a rut.

    Joy to the World

  • Reply Corina November 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Love the details of this outfit! thumbs up for creating new outfits out of old pieces.

    xo Corina
    http://unbouquetdamour.com/other-people-time/

  • Reply Gil Zetbase November 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Your outfit is gorgeous!
    Have a nice week!
    Gil Zetbase

  • Reply emily November 9, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Ahhh these are tips are so inspiring! I have soooo many clothes but of course ‘nothing to wear’.. you have definitely inspired me to try and get creative with what I already have!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  • Reply Tina November 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Wow what a great look – youre absolutely right with your tips, just the small things can turn out so different!
    Love that leather harnish accessoires as well ♥
    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

  • Reply Hillory November 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Such a great post! I’m always thinking about how I can make new looks with what’s already in my closet. Ps. Love this outfit on you!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

  • Reply Vanessa November 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Miki, you are flawless! This look is EVERYTHING!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

  • Reply Susanne - Bag at you November 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Love your tips! Layering and accessories are really great ways to re-create your outfits!! Love your outfit as well! The features are so chic; so you!! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  • Reply Lifestyle-Tale by Esther November 10, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Your tips are fabulous. I am just cleaning out my closet and there are many beautiful things I have never worn.
    The outfit is beyond stunning. Have a great weekend.

    Love, Esther
    https://lifestyle-tale.com/erdemxhm/

  • Reply Rena November 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for your great tips!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Reply Laura November 10, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Really do like your post and the creativity that went into the creation of your outfit. I think it’s so important to dig around in your wardrobe and transform the old into new.

    Styling is something I’m certified in and really love reading posts like this.

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  • Reply Abigail Jones November 11, 2017 at 7:22 am

    This outfit is EVERYTHING! I love the shoulder pads addition I’ve actually never seen anyone wear anything like that before so you get major points for creativity there!

    Abigail Alice x

  • Reply Olivia Poncelet November 12, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Oh waw! this outfit is so stylish ! Happy Sunday! 🙂
    Olivia <3
    http://www.oliviaponcelet.com

  • Reply The Fashion Matters November 12, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Love the tips and your outfit is AMAZING!

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters- Luxury travel and fashion blog

  • Reply Lindsey November 12, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Your outfit is fantastic! And I love all of your tips! It’s incredible how accessorizing and layering can change up an outfit. Great post!

  • Reply Yasmin November 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I love these tips! You are always so inspiring with your bold fashion choices. I love how you turned those mid rise pants into high rise pants. I’m definitely going to try some of these ideas out myself and maybe be bit more daring. And I’ve gotta see what Queenhorsfall was wearing…you’ve got me intrigued!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • Reply Laura - Furiously Chic November 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I totally agree with your tree tips!
    I love mixing items that wouldn’t go together to create a brand new look! 😉

  • Reply isidora November 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    u have so unique stle 🙂

  • Reply Hadasah Love | Style To Love November 13, 2017 at 12:57 am

    So awesome! Love everything about this look!
    Much love, Hadasah
    http://www.styletolove.com

  • Reply mahryska November 13, 2017 at 2:17 am

    such an amazing look!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎
    http://www.mahryska.com

  • Reply Jessica November 14, 2017 at 4:24 am

    What an edgy and unique outfit dear! I love the lace top dear, and those pants are really gorgeous. Indeed, it’s about knowing how to get the most of what you have. Mix and match is the key.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Reply Tara November 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    girl you are a QUEEN in this outfit! I can’t take my eyes off of it!!

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