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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 22nd Dec 09, 10:25 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 09, 10:25 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 09, 10:25 PM
    Change the accessories but keep the same outfit - most people won't remember what you were wearing if the party was good!

    Most recent example of 'pimping':
    - we dyed DD's shoes red this year (were cream) - they'll be black next!

    - Being able to sew helps, I've shortened a few dresses into tops to go over leggings or trousers

    - I've got a lovely embroidered shawl that makes my basic black dress look very different
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 29-12-2009 at 12:44 PM.
    • little miss messiah
    • By little miss messiah 22nd Dec 09, 11:03 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 09, 11:03 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 09, 11:03 PM
    I've jazzed up a v plain LBD with lengths of fringing sewn around the arm seams and whacked some shoulder pads in - V Gaga esque - and I can undo it all for when shoulderpads are yet again a sad memory
    • Maggie Bob
    • By Maggie Bob 23rd Dec 09, 10:53 AM
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 10:53 AM
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 10:53 AM
    A plain black dress in a style that suits you is easily dressed up by one or more of the following:

    - belt
    -coloured tights
    - necklace
    -shawl
    - handbag & shoes

    Have a different colour scheme each year for a 'new' look!
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 29-12-2009 at 12:45 PM.
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    • amyandoli
    • By amyandoli 23rd Dec 09, 1:04 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 1:04 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 1:04 PM
    I have an all occassion black wrap dress which I wear to all sorts of things from funerals, weddings, christenings, to parties... been doing it for 2 years now, and noone has said anything.

    I just change the buckle over, add or take away beads sewn on arund the neckline/cuffs/skirt as is fashion and like other posters have said- buy/dye/make/borrow a few accessories in that seasons colour like bags, shawls and pretty scarves, cardis/jackets, jewellery, tights, shoes and hair bits and bobs.
  • There Goes Trouble
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 3:25 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 3:25 PM
    OK so not quite an old outfit I've already got, but an old outfit that somebody else once had!! I just got a complete outfit last weekend from various charity shops. Jumper £3.50 (from Next) and jacket £5 (from M&S) from one shop, trousers £4 (Tesco 'Cherokee') in another shop and a belt £2 (from M&S) from a final shop. All came to £14.50 and all look good as new. I wore it all on Sat night and got loads of compliments. There's a huge amount of luck involved in charity shop shopping I know, but sometimes you just get great finds!! I recon that £14.50 for all that is just as cheap if not cheaper than buying a whole set of accessories to 'pimp up' and existing outfit!
    Last edited by There Goes Trouble; 23-12-2009 at 3:27 PM.
  • GrammarGirl
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 4:26 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 09, 4:26 PM
    Embellishments are really easy to add and are really in style right now. Some things I can think of to bring a simple black dress up to date are:

    Any kind of embellishment on the shoulders - sequins, beads, pearls

    Exposed zips - you can buy zips from a haberdashery shop. Stitch along one side of the zip and pull the thread when you get to the end so the zip curls up. Arrange into a rose shape and attach in a cluster like a corsage

    Shoulder pads - as someone else mentioned, just stick them in and away you go! You could also arrange ribbon or buttons for a military feel

    If you don't fancy getting crafty, a belt will instantly update a tired outfit. Waist cinchers are good for creating shape. If you have a plain black belt that could do with sprucing up, buy some press on studs from eBay and arrange in a pattern across the belt.

    Like others have mentioned, tights are brilliant too. Lace tights against a simple black dress look wonderful and very classic.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 29-12-2009 at 12:42 PM.
  • MissyTheCat
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    • 24th Dec 09, 5:59 AM
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    • 24th Dec 09, 5:59 AM
    I agree with There Goes Nothing, Charity Shops are the way forward. I got a gorgeous Kate Moss for Topshop black chiffon backless dress from the British Heart Foundation for £8.50 (the same one is selling second hand on Ebay at the mo for £50+, I might sell mine after I've worn it for a profit). My tip is to go to shops in small towns or well-to-do suburbs as the findings are much better - I live in a city and the ones in the city centre are rubbish!
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 24th Dec 09, 10:43 PM
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    • 24th Dec 09, 10:43 PM
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    • 24th Dec 09, 10:43 PM
    Count yourselves lucky! -Ive agreed to go to a Goth night! Corsets are apparently standard!
    (your talking to the girl who spent the past year in sportswear!- although black variations of the stuff)
  • There Goes Trouble
    My tip is to go to shops in small towns or well-to-do suburbs as the findings are much better - I live in a city and the ones in the city centre are rubbish!
    Originally posted by MissyTheCat
    Totally agree.

    I only really use my local shops for books and videos. Clothes mainly come from the more 'well to do' areas, you'll be amazed what the 'rich folk' will donate to charity!!

    I've bought furniture from charity shops too.
    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 26th Dec 09, 1:30 PM
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    I'd try and have a look for a small, brightly coloured silk scarf. Worn around the neck or tucked in at belt, safety-pinned somewhere on a black dress to give contrast or if you have multiple safety pins, make a shape or design using the scarf. In the past I've sewn little plastic beads from an old snapped elastic bead bracelet onto shoes to give them new life, and also worn the same dress several years in a row just with a new hairdo or different accessories.

  • elfen
    I go to the haberdashery shop near uni, and pick up some little things to sew on (I've got stars to sew on my skirt for the summer) and always get some little bits for a few quid
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    • Flickering Ember
    • By Flickering Ember 26th Dec 09, 9:12 PM
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    Flickering Ember
    Use any/all of these ideas:

    Add a belt, even if said belt is a length of ribbon.
    Change your hairstyle, eg wear it down if you had it up last time you wore the dress.
    Do something different with makeup.
    Make/buy a corsage. I got a corsage for 50p in the sale at Topshop once.
    Jewellery; can be bought very cheaply, and some shops like New Look, Topshop and Dorothy Perkins offer BOGOFs on sale goods at times.
    Flickering Embers grow higher and higher...I need a break and I wanna be a paperback writer!
  • Pinkcoke
    Last night my twin unexpectedly took me to a party in town so this is what I came up with:


    long matt black leggings from topshop (much warmer than tights and that turned out to be important!)
    a vintage 3/4 sleeve tunic dress/top which is sheer black with a glittery velour rose pattern over it - this was a charity shop purchase (£3!) originally a dress as it had plain black pleated skirt attached to the bottom - I undid the seam joining these so I could wear the top seperately but I may just make a proper waistband so that I can wear the skirt for a school uniform outfit!
    lovely comfortable patent black peep toe heels from New Look which have a silver zip sewn on the front of each shoe - despite being plastic these are the most comfortable shoes I've found and are the most versatile - here they helped to make the vintage top more modern.
    to top it off a black bowler hat from Ebay love this and got loads of compliments for it, including several guys wanting to try it on!

    I have very curly mid length brown hair and I wore it down with the hat on top for a cirque-esque look.
  • sortingitout1980
    I have tons of scarves and use them for jazzing up outfits for work or if i wear black they add colour.

    My mum also bought me a batwing cardigan that was v.expensive and so far it has done me a baby shower, 2 Xmas parties and NYE and i've only had the top 7 weeks. I wear it with different black trousers and team it with one of the any vest tops i have and a matching handbag.

    I love swapping bags to jazzy up an outfit, have some fab pink and silver bags
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