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DOUBLE DUTY

Banana Republic Dress, solid color c/o // Banana Republic Sweater c/o // Free People Sandals, similar // Anthropologie Bag, similar // Raen Sunglasses

People are always surprised to hear that I really don’t enjoy going shopping. Understandable, considering my love for adding new and fun things to my closet. I blame it on the many years I spent working in retail. It killed the whole shopping experience for me. I hate having to go to a mall to get anything… I went recently to do some casual shopping and quickly remembered that I get easily overwhelmed and hate every minute of it. While I don’t find much joy in shopping at the mall I do find plenty of it browsing online. Somehow there is always one thing (or five) that I need to have. The problem with online shopping? My wallet can’t ever seem to handle all the items added to my shopping cart. So weird.

Lack of funds means getting creative with the pieces that I do have and finding new ways to wear them. This skirt is the perfect example. It’s actually a full print dress. However, instead of wearing it as a dress, I decided to turn it into a skirt by adding the pullover sweater on top. I took a statement piece and found a way to turn it into something completely different. Now I get to show off the gorgeous print twice as much. Plus, the short sleeve sweater is the perfect layer for spring days when it’s sunny and warm but still has a slight chill in the air. Getting creative is an important skill when you live and shop on a budget, but love having new things. You have to look at things from a different perspective and squeeze the most out of every item hanging in your closet.

How do you make your wardrobe do double duty?

*This post was sponsored by Banana Republic but all opinions are my own*

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