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Buying a new wardrobe every season is expensive and not always practical. Taking inspiration from Princess Anne, who last week wore an outfit to Ascot that was 35 years old, we asked experts Alicia Kite and Kay Davidson of Alicia|Kay Style how we can update our existing wardrobes to work for any season without spending a fortune!


Here’s what to do to recycle and transform your wardrobe…

Visit your local tailor

Adding darts to jackets and shirts or extra buttons to a blouse can make a world of difference. These small changes can make your clothes fit your unique shape better, giving them a whole new look. ‘Clothes should be tight enough to show you have curves and flattering to show you have style,’ explains Kay. ‘If you’ve lost weight since last season, have clothes taken in to show off your new figure.’

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Buy some polish

‘Invest in some leather polish such as Colinol to clean up shoes and handbags. If you have suede shoes, Russell and Bromley Suede Revive will give them a new lease of life and make them last another season,’ explains Alicia.

Go for a fitted top

‘If you’ve got palazzo pants or flared jeans at the back of your wardrobe that you thought you’d never wear again, think again. Wear these trousers with a fitted top, shirt or jacket for a fresh new look. Make sure you wear heels with your wide-legged trousers to give the illusion that your legs go on forever,’ says Alicia.

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Try some shapewear

‘It’s not just a good bra that can make your clothes look good, if you’re going to invest in anything this season, buy some shapewear. It will make old clothes fit and feel better, helping them to hang in more flattering ways and making the fabrics look more expensive,’ says Kay.

Get measured

Rather than go out and buy a wardrobe full of new tops, go and have a bra fitting. Replacing worn out old bras that no longer fit means your tops and dresses will sit comfortably on your body, looking much sleeker for this season.

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Get out your sewing machine

‘If there’s a dress in your wardrobe that doesn’t quite work for you any more, take a second look and see what it would be like if you transformed it to a top,’ suggests Kay.

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Wear layers

Layering is a great way to give your existing wardrobe a boost. Wear a vest top in the same colour as your bottoms and add a completely contrasting top. You can also layer fine knits and T-shirts and you’ll notice layering your clothes helps make you look taller too!

Mix and match

Mixing and matching your wardrobe really makes your clothes work hard for you. Take an outfit you wore for a special occasion and pair the formal jacket with your jeans. Or, take a posh occasion dress and team it with a leather biker jacket and a gladiator sandal. Mix it all around and let the mirror be the judge.

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Add an accessory

‘Even just changing your necklace can change your look. Switch a pendant for a long necklace to help elongate your body shape and – if you need to – hide a tummy. If your arms are on show, add a cuff or bold bracelet to bring new attention to your wrists,’ Kay advises.

Princess Anne isn't afraid to recycle her clothes years after she first wore them!

Princess Anne isn’t afraid to recycle her clothes years after she first wore them!

For more advice and style tips, visit aliciakaystyle.com