How can I recycle some of my favorite party dresses?

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    Having to buy a new party dress for every single soiree takes all the fun out of being the perennial party girl you are. Try these clever tricks to update your favorite party dress.

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    Must-Try Trick #1: Change The Length

    The most dramatic way to update a party dress is to go to your local tailor to change the length. A maxi dress can turn into a midi or mini, and a more conservative knee-length number can become super short and sexy as well.  

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    Must-Try Trick #2: Layer With Knits

    A little gray sweatshirt can be simply adorable over a waisted, collared party dress as well.

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    Try a short sleeve white tee under a strapless short dress, a long sleeve striped knit under a short sleeve dress, or a graphic tee under a fancy jumper. 

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    Be bold and add a knit to your party ensemble. Stick with white, heather gray, stripes, or a graphic tee to add an unexpected angle. 

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    Must-Try Trick #3: Throw On A Jacket

    The easiest way to recycle a party look is to add a jacket to update the entire feel of your outfit. 

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    A sharp blazer over a strapless cocktail dress will make it look even chicer.

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    A tough leather jacket can make a sweet floral dress feel edgier

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    Must-Try Trick #4: Incorporate Colorful Tights

    Add a splash of color and warmth with opaque tights in the color of the season. A forest green pair of tights looks great with a black dress, while a navy blue pair styled with a cream dress can breathe new life to an old standby frock.

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    Must-Try Trick #5: Add A Belt

    Adding or switching out the belt on a dress can change the frock’s entire look with minimum effort. 

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    A brown leather belt, for example, can ground a floral or flowy dress and give it a little earthiness.

     

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    A black belt with studs can add some edge to your overall look, while a metallic belt can dress up the overall look. 

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style
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    PHOTO: Halliedaily.com

    Image from Hallie Daily

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    You probably are already familiar with Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. These Los Angeles-based stylists are known for their work with red-carpet favorites like Emma Roberts and Mandy Moore, to name a few. In addition to their noteworthy stylist careers, the ladies are also the geniuses behind the beloved denim brand Current/Elliott. They will be answering your style questions, so be sure to submit your most pressing queries today!

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