Turning An Item You Hate Into An Outfit You’ll Love

Raise your hand if youre an obsessive compulsive shopper like I am. I’ll shop at the start of a new season, to cheer myself up if I’m having a bad day, to celebrate if I’m having a good day, to treat myself, for made-up occasions and real ones, before I go on holiday, while I’m on holiday, because I ‘need’ to get more ‘basics’…I could go on.

However, as much as it makes me squirm to admit, I sometimes don’t think a purchase through before I click ‘Add To Cart’. And even though its rare, I sometimes rip the labels off in excitement, only to realise that I don’t actually love the item as much as I thought I would when I was buying it, and now can’t return it. Please say it isn’t just me who does this?

As a result, it stays in my wardrobe, never gets worn and I eventually end up donating it to charity so it goes to a loving home like it deserves. I have, however, decided to put an end to my impulsive ways recently by picking and chosing items more carefully, giving myself a day or two to think the decision through before I buy something and selling some items on eBay to get some of the money back.

With a lot of the items, however, I try my best to make them work in at least two to three different outfits / scenarios, y’know, just so I don’t feel like a completely wasteful human being with a shopping addiction who easily surrenders my virtue at the hands of fast fashion. A girl needs to be able to sleep at night, amIright?

Scroll through for a few tricks I’ve learned along the way to turn an item you feel ‘meh’ about into an outfit you’ll love. Whether its an old jumper your aunt knitted for you last Christmas or a trendy piece you were infatuated with, only to discover it went downhill faster than Instagram’s new algorithm. Here’s how to spin it round and make it work for you, girl. And who knows? You might just end up reigniting that spark you felt in the first place (I swear we’re still talking about clothes).

Pair it with a new item you L.O.V.E
And I don’t mean just plain love. I mean the kind of item you have sleepless nights about. The one you feel lucky to wake up to every day (still talking about clothes, trust me). The one that makes you feel special, sophisticated and downright sass-ay. It’ll instantly elevate your mood and how you feel about the lesser loved piece. And knowing how good the outfit made you feel will have you reaching tor the item again.

Wear it with something super flattering

You know one top that fits perfectly in all the right places? Or that skirt that makes your legs look miles long or that trusty pair of jeans that makes your booty look like a work of art? Team the item in question with one that makes you love your body and feel more confident about yourself. The overall outfit’s feel-good factor will have you reaching for the piece again.

Throw a jacket over it

I’m a firm believer in adding a third piece to a look. In fact, sometimes, an outfit just doesn’t feel complete for me without it. A jacket or a coat will instantly transform your outfit, making it look more formal and well put together. Its also an aded bonus when it hides most of the item you didn’t like to begin with!


Team it with something expensive

Like most women, nothing makes me feel more glamorous or luxurious than a designer item. Granted, I only own, like, three designer things which have all been given to me as gifts from James and family on birthdays or Christmases. But stepping out with my Mulberry bag on my arm just puts a spring in my step. Pairing your less loved item with one you’re really proud of will make you feel like a million $$$, and make you feel infinitely better about the other piece. Don’t own anything designer? No sweat. Just pair it with the item you’re most proud to own in your wardrobe to achieve the same result.

Try it with a bright colour

I’m pretty sure its scientifically proven that wearing a bright colour instantly lifts your mood. No? Well, those scientists have their priorities a bit messed up then, haven’t they? Anyway, I always feel infinitely perkier when I wear a bright colour, especially on a dull day. And, truth be told, I inwardly applaud myself for making a bold choice when most people would chose black or neutrals. Pair your lesser loved item with a hot bright or even a sultry jewel tone to really help lift your spirits and have you feeling better about the piece.

Hair and makeup to the rescue

I follow a simple formula when it comes to getting dressed. If my outfit is on point with statement pieces or trends, I’ll massively tone down my hair and makeup and opt for just a touch of concealer, groomed brows and tinted lip balm so it doesn’t compete with or overshadow my outfit. However, if I wake up and throw on something a bit blah, I’ll make an extra effort with my makeup and hair to overcompensate for my clothes. This trick works if you’re wearing an item you’re not 100% sure of or in love with, too. Trust me, paint on a pretty pout, curl your hair and draw on some wings – you’ll feel like a whole new person, even with your dodgy item on.

Put a heel on it and call it a day

I don’t need to sing the praises of a high heel, do I? Okay, fine. It makes your legs look longer, your butt look higher, makes you walk with more confidence and makes any outfit look like you made a serious effort even if you only had ten minutes to dress that morning. Slip on your favourite pair to elevate your mood and your outfit and have you feeling more warmly towards the item in question, as well.

{PHOTOGRAPHY} Alexander Ward


Skirt: Vero Moda | Top: Romwe | Bag: Zara | Necklace: H&M | Heels: New Look

Can you guess which item I’m not loving in this look? Leave me a comment below with your guesses! See you at the next post! x


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Anushka Moore is an almost-thirty-something blogger who moved across the world when the love she met on Tinder put a ring on it. She now lives in Manchester with her husband and her two little Poodle-cross fur children.

Her day job includes running her own social media content company and is the founder of popular Instagram account, Midsize Collective.

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