Outfit: Just The Same But Brand New


Can you spot the dress in these pictures?




If you guessed “under the skirt and cardigan,” you’d be right!  (That last picture is probably a bit of a giveaway!) I love this dress dearly, but sometimes I find myself getting a little bored with it.  After all, there’s only so many ways you can wear a dress, right?

Well, as it turns out, if you get really bored, you can repurpose a dress as a top!  I’d seen a few other bloggers do it, so I thought I could breathe some new life into this dress the same way.  I really like how it turned out!  There’s something almost prep school-ish about this outfit, and that aesthetic always appeals to me.

What about you?  How do you renew your old clothes?

Hat: old, Urban Outfitters

Blouse: old, Urban Outfitters

Dress: old, ModCloth

Sweater: ModCloth

Tights: old, Urban Outfitters

Shoes: old, ModCloth


18 thoughts on “Outfit: Just The Same But Brand New

  1. This is such a nifty trick — it’s especially useful when one lives in a cold climate! The collar on that dress is so fun, so it’s the perfect candidate for a dress-to-top conversion.

    PS — you look super amazing in hats!


  2. Adore this look so much, Devinne!
    I was just wondering if it would be too hot to wear a dress under all those layers. Then again, it’s winter there but my mind can’t picture anything other than the scorching tropical weather we usually have out here :’)
    Love the colour scheme of this outfit! It looks perfect for a casual, adult—meaning semi-semiformal—office party or something 😉

    Alive as Always


    1. All those layers were definitely a necessity over the weekend–it was only 40F/4C here! And I agree–I’d like to wear this to a work function one day. I actually ended up going out for a semi-classy dinner with my boyfriend and some friends in this outfit. 🙂


  3. Very cute!
    I love how you’ve layered everything – nice and warm. Good for spring in Sweden.
    I did not even notice there was a dress under the cardi and skirt had you not said anything. I do the same thing though, use dresses as skirts or tops.
    Much love,


    1. And good for spring in Chicago! Although I have to admit I was still pretty chilly without my coat in those pictures! 🙂


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