Often times we have a tendency to dress in dress in "outfits," consistently wearing the same garments together. Free yourself from the "this only goes with that" mindset. Many of us have over stuffed dressers and closets but feel like we always wear the same thing, the same way. Every event you attend shouldn't require a trip to the mall just a little creativity. Below is one of the simplest ways to make something old look brand new. I simply turned my skirt into a dress and adding a belt to give it more shape.
Also, contrary to popular belief, patterns make the wardrobe more flexible. They are great for mixing and matching and layering. Accessories like scarves and belts also works wonders in making the same garments look totally different.
When wearing certain pieces people tend to remember the details. A black cardigan with pearl buttons will be more memorable than a black cardigan with black buttons. So instead of getting rid of that pearl buttoned cardigan because you feel like you wore it one time to many, go to your local fabric store and pick up some new buttons. For under $10 you can give an old cardigan a totally new look!
Personal style is all about creativity. No one wants to look like a mannequin or risk seeing your same outfit on three different people. So remember "Fashion fades but style is eternal."
FYI: All these outfits were well under $20 (minus the shoes). Skirt/dress from TJ Maxx and the black dress is thrifted.