How to spice up your boring old dress

This navy silk dress (an eBay replacement of the original Fluet verison I've had for years) is one of the most comfortable dresses I own: it's a breathable washed silk, a super loose cut, and covers my shoulders. It's on the short side, so I've only ever worn it casually with flats and never considered trying to spice it up to wear for a dressier occasion.

That is, until complete closet boredom set in. Lately, I've been overcoming that kind of rut with some good old fashioned outfit planning, and this time around forced myself to rethink some of my tried-and-true basics. Breaking some of my own style rules and a

ttempting to make this basic dress appropriate for a wedding was a stroke of genius that made me fall back in love with it all over again. 

There's a section of my closet that still has a few under-utilized items, including this pair of fancy Italian black suede t-strap sandals that I've been saving for dressy occasions (which are few and far between in my life these days). Pairing this dress with fancy shoes and a simple leather baguette clutch made me feel like that scene in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts becomes classy. And it felt kind of wrong because I normally never wear heels with short hemlines but the sleeves, high neckline and loose fit convinced me it was just wild enough. (It also passed the Catholic schoolgirl test: hem must be minimum of two inches longer than fingertips.)

It worked equally as well with some old leopard sandals that I rarely wear, a vintage patent leather Gucci bag, and an 80's door knocker necklace that normally decorates my dresser. Breaking my own rule about wearing only one vintage thing at a time and then realizing that I was all wrong about that rule made me seriously question my judgement.

Try it, I dare you, the next time you feel like you're out of things to wear. Here are the highly scientific steps:

#1 Select a casual dress you love but kind of bores you

#2 Unearth your favorite pair of fancy heels and put them on.

#3 Add a coordinated bag.

#4 Apply bright lipstick.

#5 Dance around your house, take a few selfies for reference purposes. 

Voila, instant wedding outfit you already own. I guarantee you'll be wearing it to a dinner party soon. If you're like me, all that excitement and newfound ability to change the lens with which you view your closet will cure your hunger to buy a new dress.

Ok, that's all for now. Please forgive my radio silence, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. (It's currently 9:35 p.m. on a Tuesday night and I'm sitting in a Marriott eating a Chipotle carnitas bowl with a plastic coffee lid because I was so distracted I left without silverware. If you're wondering whether to feel bad for me or admire my resourcefulness, I'm also pondering that question...)

Anyway, back to the topic on hand: I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you breathe new life into the old favorites in your closet. (I still have four and a half months to go on this no new things experiment and need all the ideas I can get.)