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love dresses and have a few favorites that I love to wear all the time, but I’ve noticed that after I wear one a couple times it starts to feel a little boring repeating the same outfit. I’ve tried dressing them up with different accessories which is sometimes fun, but how do you get more mileage out of something without physically altering the design?

As it turns out, it’s not that difficult to do.

My first big challenge for this summer was all of these dresses that I purchased at Old Navy last year. They are still offering them this year in different colors, but I currently own four of them. Two patterned, two solid, and they’re fairly basic. I’ve also worn them more times than I can count, and I was ready for something different.

I picked up a pretty basic crop top from Charlotte Russe the other day, and in part of my effort to figure out how the hell one wears a crop top when you are not fifteen, a supermodel, or Taylor Swift I decided to pair it with a couple of dresses and skirts to see what I could do. And what do you know? It looked awesome over the swingy dress I wore to death last summer. It completely changed the outfit, and paired with one of the two wide belts I own (seriously, I really need to get some more) and a new necklace (also from Charlotte Russe! I love them)…I really felt like I had a completely new wardrobe.

Like I mentioned before, I have a whopping four of these dresses in all different colors, so I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with these. I might try layering some other tops that I have…or maybe investing in a new belt or two so I can really shake things up. I’m also a huge fan of adding a shrug to make an outfit a little more modest (or warmer, if I’m going to be inside all day.)

What do you do when you when you want to mix up an outfit? Do you have a go-to piece that you love to add to something? Do you just retire dresses once you feel like you’ve worn them out? And how the heck does everyone wear their crop tops?!

Let me know in the comments!