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How to Repurpose Your Styles

Hey girl! Do you have a few favorite pieces in your closet that you would wear over and over if you could, but you don’t want to repeat the same outfits? I feel you! Here are some ways that you can start repurposing and wearing your favorite pieces in many different ways!

The Classic Hoodie:

Who doesn’t love wearing a hoodie all day, every day? If you're the type who only thinks of wearing leggings with your hoodies, I’m here to change your mind! There are so many cute trendy ways to style a hoodie, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Layers - Wear a hoodie under a classy knee-length jacket or jean jacket. Then for bottoms, I’d go with a pair of your everyday boyfriend jeans or leggings!
  • Athleisure Wear - Matching sets of sweatpants and hoodies are so in right now and they're also super comfy when paired together!
  • Oversized - Looking for a laidback, but put-together look? Grab your oversized hoodie, boyfriend jeans, chunky sneaks, and you're ready for a day with your girlfriends! Or, for more of a spring option, swap out the boyfriend jeans for biker shorts.

Doc Martens/Lace-Up Boots:


Are you a doc’s girl? I recently got a pair of off-brand white lace-up boots that I’m in LOVE with! I was unsure at first if I could pull off these statement boots, but I love how classy and stylish they make my outfits look. If you are into wearing chunky boots, then girl, here are a few looks you can pull off wearing the same statement boots:

  • Rolled Mom Jeans - This is such a classic look that you can’t go wrong with. Plus, your options for tops are basically endless! A dainty blouse, a graphic tee, or a chunky sweater, anything works!
  • Dressed-Up Doc’s - Now what a spicy, yet girly look! What’s more trendy than a flirty dress with some statement boots?
  • Midi Skirt and Tee - Start by finding your favorite oversized tee and tucking it into a midi skirt, then just add your boots, and you’re golden! 

The Favorite Midi Dress:


Do you have a few midi-dresses in your closet that you feel like you can only wear them during the spring or summer? Well, girl, it's time to pull out your dresses and mix it up!

  • Turtlenecks, Turtlenecks, Turtlenecks - If it's still chilly where you are, pair a neutral-colored or mesh long sleeve or turtleneck under your dress. I promise it looks stunning and it's so simple!
  • Sneaks & a Dress - Who doesn't have a pair of old chucks hiding in the back of your closet? It’s an easy throw-together outfit because it's so basic, but it's still always cute and trendy! 

Did this help you? I hope now you can look at your closet with a pair of fresh eyes and are inspired to find all the new ways you can repurpose your favorite pieces in different ways!

Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

Sustainable Spring Styles

Spring is fast approaching, which means that it's time to swap your winter wear out for some fresh spring styles! Going to secondhand stores and thrift stores is my favorite way to revamp my wardrobe, for the new season, without spending too much money. I recently took a trip to my local Plato's Closet and picked up some adorable items that are perfect for this upcoming season. I had so much fun styling these pieces and I hope they provide some spring outfit inspiration!

Outfit 1:

For this first look, I picked up this bright pink sweater for only $6! Spring is the perfect time to step outside of your usual color comfort zone and rock some super bright pieces! I also found this adorable mint green purse for just $10, which was originally from TopShop. The pastel green and classy pearl details make this purse the perfect addition to any spring look.

Outfit 2:


Although spring brings a little bit of warm weather, those chilly breezes may require you to do some layering. I picked up this white cardigan, that was originally from Hollister, for only $14 at Plato's Closet! I love how cozy and warm it is and it's perfect to throw on over any floral dress. A white cardigan is definitely a spring essential!

Outfit 3:


Can you guys believe that I thrifted everything in this outfit (except the purse) from Plato's Closet?! I got this cute graphic tee shirt for only $6 and then these green linen pants for $12! The earth tones and linen make this the perfect spring look. I topped it off with these Sam Edelman sandals that I also picked up for only $10. Lastly, I added a straw bag to complete this laidback spring look.

Outfit 4:


As the weather slowly warms up, jean skirts are a great addition to any wardrobe. Plus, the little details make it more interesting and unique compared to a typical jean skirt. For this look, I paired this studded jean skirt, that I found for  $6, with a white tee and a red bag to pull out the embroidery on the shirt.

I hope you guys can find some inspiration in these spring looks! Just remember that you don’t have to splurge on a new wardrobe every season! Thrifting is an affordable, sustainable, and fun way to revamp your wardrobe!

Blog By: Ember Sierra | @essentiallyember

Trendy, Effortless School Outfits

Hey girl! Are you getting tired of repeating the same outfits over and over for school? Wanting some new inspo and some new ways to pair your clothes for effortless school looks? I got you! In this post, I’ll be sharing with you my top 3 school looks!

Outfit 1 | Black + Nude Tones Together Always


Do you have a pair of favorite black jeans sitting in your closet? Do you also have a nude/creme/brown top? Pair them together and see what happens! I love pairing my black denim jeans with tops like this light brown, button-up cardigan. I’ve also layered a cheetah top under the cardigan so the top of the shirt showed. A cardigan like this is perfect for an easy school look because you can wear it in so many ways! For the colder days, I paired a brown turtleneck under the cardigan and I got so many compliments!

Outfit 2 | Oversized Sweatshirts Every Day

Have you ever felt you couldn’t wear a sweatshirt to school because it was too oversized or not cute enough? Well if so, I’m here to change your mind! For a comfy, casual look, simply roll the sleeves up on your sweatshirt twice, tuck one side into your favorite pair of jeans, and put on your favorite sneakers. Lastly, layer it with some gold necklaces for that effortless “fashion blogger” look. I found this secondhand grey sweatshirt for only $10 and I’ve been wearing it more than anything else in my closet right now!

Outfit 3 | Layering Your Favorite Cami

This next look if for you if you have a bunch of cute cami tops in your closet that you rarely get to wear because of school dress codes! Just grab a white tee or a plain colored long sleeve, and layer it underneath! This is one of my go-to outfits for school if I want more of a dressed-up look! It looks super put together, but it really doesn't require a lot of effort!

*Style Tip: Cropped and oversized zip-up hoodies are also in! Throw one over any outfit for a comfy-cozy look!


What did you think of my effortless school looks? I hope these outfits give you some ideas on how to style yourself for school without breaking the bank! As always, thanks for reading!

Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

Sweet Valentine's Day Outfits

Who doesn’t love getting chocolate and cute teddy bears? Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other or celebrating with the girls, you want to look your best. I’ve put together 3 fun and different outfits to help inspire your Valentine’s Day outfit.

Outfit 1:

For my first outfit, I chose to wear a basic white long sleeve under a fun red slip dress. To accessorize this outfit, I wore my favorite black boots paired with a matching belt, a layered necklace, and pearl hair clip. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit for a date night with your special someone! I love this outfit because you can still stay comfortable and warm while still dressing to impress!

Outfit 2:

“Donut” you love a good sweater? All jokes aside, this outfit is perfect for a casual date or for hanging out with your girlfriends on Valentine’s Day. You can achieve this look with any sweater and your favorite pair of jeans. If you’re looking to achieve a Valentine’s Day look, you can't go wrong with a red or pink sweater.

Outfit 3:

Lastly, if you’re looking for the perfect Galentine’s outfit this one’s for you! To recreate this look, simply pair any Valentine's-themed graphic tee with your favorite ripped jeans and sneakers and then you’re ready to go!  For this outfit, I decided to wear my favorite distressed “love” tee! I had fun with this outfit and will definitely be wearing it to celebrate with my BFF!

Whether you’re celebrating with your special someone or best girlfriends, I hope these outfits give you inspiration for this Valentine's Day!

Blog By: Grace Myler | @gracemyler

2020 Handbag Trends

No outfit is complete without the right bag. Your bag can truly make or break your look. We use them for basically everything, like carrying makeup, sunscreen at the beach, holding snacks, and sometimes we use them just as a fashion piece or to hold our wallets. I am the type of girl who mainly uses the same three staple bags because they match every single outfit I own and they never go out of style. But as of lately, it's been hard to not want to give in and shop for all the great trends and cute bags that are out now for spring. Here are a few bag trends that I am loving for 2020!



Take your accessories back to their roots by showcasing the bag made out of their original fibers! This creates a way to add some fun to your accessories. Most of the time these bags will be lightweight and flimsy, which makes them perfect during the spring/summer warmth to carry all your belongings in. These playful bags always look handmade and remind me of DIY arts and crafts! They are usually bright and colorfully decorated.

I loved this one for the pom-pom effect and tassel detail. It's a nice bright white, and like wearing double the accessory. It's not uncommon to see these woven cotton bags come in the form of a tote or a clutch.



Chain straps are back! Well... I feel as though they have always been a timeless detail about a bag, but right now you see them everywhere. Gucci and Chanel are known right now for their chain crossbody bags. With tons of other bloggers always strutting around with their designer bags, many retailers have jumped on the bandwagon of creating lookalike styles for the consumer who may not want to spend as much. That's why I loved this bag! It feels super high-end to me, but I only paid $9 for it!

I really loved the sleek, modern look of this bag. Not only will a chain give the bag something a little extra, but it will be sure to glam up your outfit without having to wear many accessories that day.



Straw bags make the perfect spring/summer bag. They're fit for a day at the park, beach, or even the office, and SO cute. Looks like for spring 2020 these bags are back and blooming! I've already seen them all over retailers, and I am perfectly okay with this. There's a straw bag for any taste from small handhelds, rounded, crossbodies, totes, and more. 

I picked up a smaller simple tote bag and added my own personal flair to it with this adorable pom-pom keychain. I’ve seen other straw bags styled with cute handkerchiefs and more! There are many different ways to add your personal style to these fun bags.


Over the last few years, I've started to love handbags more and more. I've also learned to truly understand their importance when it comes to completing your look and its functionality. Make sure to take a swing by your local Plato's Closet and see what awesome trends you can spot! As always, thanks for reading!

Blog By: Serena Tomalis | @serenaajoyce

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