Monday, April 11, 2016

Guilty of Wearing Things Once? 5 Tips To Style Your Wardrobe in Different Ways

I'm sure I'm not alone when it comes to buying a new dress for a special event, wearing and feeling great in it but completely forgetting about it until I have a wardrobe clear out. This got me thinking and it seems that the "wear it once" trend is on the rise; are we really that terrified to be seen in the same outfit more than once? Nowadays, social media is the main culprit for the rise of this trend and being "tagged" wearing the same dress twice is even considered a faux pas. Deep down, we all know this is ridiculous – it’s a trend based on an illusion and staging, signifying nothing. Even celebs don’t toss out a designer coat or pair of jeans after its first wear!

The concept of wearing something only once is very disappointing, not to mention wasteful. What kind of fashion bloggers are we if we abide to this nonsense rule? Wearing a piece once indicates lack of style, confidence and misses the point of what fashion is all about. Sustainable fashion and style is about loving clothes and being able to feel comfortable and wear them over and over again. I've come to learn that sometimes, nothing beats a trusted old something, albeit restyled to look fresh and new. This proves that yes, a dress you wore to that wedding can be worn again, perhaps to a different wedding or a completely different occasion, and to show you how to do this, I've teamed up with Debenhams to bring you 5 tips on how to get more use out of those gorgeous items in your wardrobe!


Not only are layers your best friends when it comes to transitioning to spring, when restyling a piece they add a new dimension to the outfit making it up to the date and modern. A dress I wore to that summer wedding, thanks to a cardigan or a jacket, can now be worn during spring for a garden party or a picnic, keeping me warm and comfy.


This is an obvious one, but you'd be surprised on how many people would not even try changing things up for a new look. Adding a piece (or two, or three) of jewellery can instantly give that new vibe we are looking for. Swap out your earrings, add a necklace and you are good to go!


Again, swapping your heels for flats (or vice-versa) goes a long way! In my first look, heels make me feel elegant and mature (aka ready to conquer the world), whilst flats give a cute and down to earth vibe and provide me with comfort for a fun day in the sun.


New colour combinations are perfect for creating a new outfit with the same main piece. For this look I wish I had a few blue cobalt items; that shade looks seriously amazing with orange, but rather than buying something new, I went with what was already in my closet. Putting together colours that are opposites or are further away from each other on the colour wheel is a good way to mix and match pieces and making colour pop! It allows you to create a lot more combinations than you would have thought of before.


Straight or curly, tied back or braided, you name it; hairstyle changing is easy, cost-free and fun! On that note, changing lipstick and going from a heavy to a lighter make-up look also makes things more interesting and distinct!

Dress*: Coast (here) // Necklace*: Debenhams // Heels: New Look (here
Flats: Melissa (similar here) // Clutch: New Look (similar here)
Learning to "work my closet" is fun and helps me get more use out of things without having to buy more clothes! Blogging has shown me that it is possible to wear a piece twice, five, or even ten different ways and that is what fashion stands for! I hope these tips help you find more versatility in your wardrobes and that you don't become a victim of the "wear it once" trend!

What do you think of my outfits? Do you wear pieces more than once? Let me know below beauties!
Thanks for reading and have a nice week ahead!


*Contains PR Samples. All opinions are my own (disclaimer here).


  1. Yes, yes, yes! Anyone who knows me in real life or even through my blog will know that I find the wear it once rule utter rubbish. I'm all about recycling and finding new ways to wear pieces that are perfectly fine. I used to dislike accessorizing, scratching it off as redundant, but these days, I've found myself paying more attention to accessorizing just because the necklaces or rings I throw on really does make a difference.

    I'm loving both looks you've remixed with this dress, Pam!


  2. I always love to wear my fave clothes repetitively.
    All i do is to style them differently and accessorize it.
    Great dress for wedding dear. Lovin the transition.

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  3. That dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Such a gorgeous colour which brings out your skin tone so well - perfect for Spring/Summer too :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

  4. I adore the dress! It looks amazing! I'm someone who buys something and doesn't stop wearing it! These are great tips, I do need to make more looks with my clothes so I will try this out!
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  5. I definitely wear outfits more than once as I don't go out shopping for new clothes too then. But these are great tips for wearing the same dress more than just once, which btw is such a beautiful summer design and I love the colour too x

    Beauty with charm

  6. I'm the opposite, when I find an outfit I love, I'm always wearing it x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  7. Love this dress on you, the color is amazing, and it looks perfect with your white jacket. What a bout trend, it's ridiculous to wear something just one time. Sure, any piece of clothes can be styled and worn many different ways. xx

  8. Such amazing tips! I ALWAYS wear things over and over especially when I buy something new! Also slightly in love with your dress! x


  9. I do wear pieces more than once, and I don't care if I am seen in the same outfit twice, but I am no fashion blogger and have yet to post an outfit on Instagram, so I guess I don't really count.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. you do count! I used to wear dresses only once, even before I was a blogger :) I'm so glad I've changed and am trying to make more use of what I have :D

  10. You look great !

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  11. I don't care if I'm seen in the same outfit two or three times. I love wearing dresses in different ways. You look so pretty in both looks Pam <3

  12. I love versatile styling! You look gorgeous in that dress.

  13. Mellissa shoes are my favorite, I love them! Amazing look, bon ton and very chic! :)

  14. I couldn't agree more! I am pretty guilty when it comes to wearing things only once, but I'm improving. I don't own many dresses, especially nice ones, so I pretty much wear the same thing to each wedding :D I decided to splurge on a few new dresses, which I already know I can't really wear on a regular basis, but dressing things up and down can really change the entire outfit, so I will try and use your tips xx

  15. Hello from Spain: I really like your dress. Feel great on you. Fabulous proposals keep in touch

  16. Arrasou belo vestido lindas imagens amei, te desejo uma semana abençoada.

  17. I'm sorry, but if a blogger ONLY wears a piece of clothing once then I usually will stop following him/her. There are no creativity in wearing only new clothes, I have more respect for fashion bloggers with a capsule wardrobe, it's amazing how creative they are.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  18. Agreed, wear it once is a curse for most of the women. Your tips are really helpful and to the point :)


  19. i love both of your look specially your shoes! they are simply stunning! x

    jess x |

  20. I love your style and I follow you :)

  21. Very good tips Pam:-) Sometimes I'm wearing clothes ones but usually after my daughter(19y old) is wearing them ;-)

  22. it's in fact a nonsense wearing clothes only once...and I really love your styling ideas

  23. Not guilty. I just love to wear my stuff. Some more others less. You look beautiful in that dress, Pam.

  24. Very chic, the dress is so cute. You look fab. :)

  25. Love this amazing dress *_* it looks so beautiful on you and you're soooo gorgeous pam :) Love the details on the dress *_* wishing you a wonderful week my lovely friend :)

  26. love the dress, so feminine

    Happy Monday Doll! Kisses,

  27. I usually buy neutral colored clothes, so I mix and match almost everything a million times before the season is up. I have definitely been guilty of wearing certain dresses just once, though. Wish there were more places to wear some of them to! Guess I could just dress up for the grocery store haha.

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  28. I almost always wear clothes more than once, and my favorite items I wear really often. Fabulous dress!:)


  29. I like your blog, its really dope.
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  30. I have to admit I am guilty of only wearing certain dresses once, but in terms of basically everything else I do normally wear them more than once.
    Alicia :)

  31. I definitely wear my clothes more than once, buying something to only wear it once is just silly, my favorite pair of jeans are over three years old I'm still living in them ahah. Amazing tips here :)


  32. Love these tips Pam! I definitely do only wear things once sometimes and could do with going through my wardrobe badly to see what I could pull out again or get rid of!

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  33. Beautiful photos and outfit! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :) I definitely wear my clothes more than once. :)

  34. Tip for not wearing things once: Be a fashion blogger, photograph yourself in said item, and there you go, it serves a purpose lol


  35. In love with your dress, you're so beautiful!
    Kisses, Paola.


  36. I don't think I have such problem. I wear some things all the time, and I just buy the others and never wear them at all (I think this is much much worse!)




  37. Beautiful outfit! I find wearing the same outfit, no problem at all, more like a natural thing, but I do like to change it up with different kind of accessories sometimes.
    Have a great one!

  38. Awesome tips, thanks for sharing!

  39. The dress is super cute! Thanks for sharing your tips :) x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  40. Such a pretty dress! You looks so cute darling!
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  41. Um look muito giro!

    Isabel Sá

  42. i like your dress. and i am never guilty when i wear something. thanks for sharing.

  43. You look great! Love the dress



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  45. What talk about these fantastic tips and still save. And we stop creating these fashionista wackiness. Beautiful photos, sis. And I loved the tips. You wonderful!!! ❤❤😙😙😙

  46. Great styling tips and advice! You look so beautiful as usual dear! xxxxx


  47. Absolutely lovely post dear.

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  48. You look so wonderful and romantic in this red dress :)))
    I don't mind wearing and wearing and wearing the pieces I love...
    Kisses, Pam!


  49. I too am guilty of wearin things once. I'm trying to not buy more clothes due to this and becuase I buy things and not even wear them without realising!

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  50. Cute dress and have a good day

  51. What a great post! I totally agree that learning to "work your closet" is so essential! I love this dress on you by the way!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  52. You look stunning and that dress is very chic!

  53. Look super cool!

  54. I wear the pieces I love over and over again!! It would be such a waste to wear them only once... You're right, adding a layer, accessories or different shoes can create a whole new outfit :)

  55. Both looks are beautiful, the dress is gorgeous!
    I am now following you in G+ too :)

  56. Very pretty Pam! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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  57. Lovely Pam!! You looks so gorgeous. Really the attire and the style make you more pretty. Thanks for the sharing. I like to buy this frock kurits for the summer.

  58. Sweet look xx

  59. I've just discovered this! I saved a bunch of my old dresses from like 3-4 years ago and I was having a clear-out and found them again. I was about to chuck them, but decided to try them on instead and what a great idea that was! They all still fit and actually look pretty nice and it means I now have a brand new wardrobe for work! Yes! Love the dress by the way, so cute The Blonde B

  60. Hey, you look so beautiful..lovely dress


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