One way to extend the longevity of individual pieces in your closet is to use them in ways other than they were originally intended to be worn. One of my favorite tactics is tucking in or out as needed.
Case #1. Layer a skirt under a tunic like a tutu.
While I love this basic gray dress with a lightly ruffled neckline, I did think it could use some more definition on the bottom half. I thought this textured off-white skirt with silvery-gold veins sets off the ruffles nicely, so I experimented by wearing it under the dress like a tutu, making sure to let around 1-2 inches of the skirt’s hemline peek out. The a-line silhouette now gives the dress’ bottom half a more defined shape and emphasizes the waistline nicely.
Case #2. Tucking a tunic under a skirt, to make a preppy top.
This blue shirt-dress is usually worn over leggings, but sometimes I double its usage frequency by tucking it into a pencil skirt, like this houndstooth printed one. That way, I turn a dress into a top, and can pair it with an entire closet full of basic or patterned skirts.
p.s. I’m really happy to get a lot of wear out of the off-white skirt, which in a previous life was actually a dress. Read about that here.