New Year, Old Clothes: How to Make Your Most Tired Pieces Feel Cool Again

Even skinny jeans.

Now that you've returned to reality, loaded up on more dairy and gluten—and new-old clothes lifted from your childhood closet—than you ingested before the holidays combined, direct your energy toward a more manageable resolution than weight loss: figuring out how to wear your most passé clothes. Here, six of the cobweb-iest pieces you own, with six inventive ways to give them a new lease on life.

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The Pleated Skirt That Was All the Rage Last Year

But has been so overplayed, you're semi-frightened to pull it on from The Chair, lest it brands you a fashion victim. (And sends the rest of the pile toppling.) Phoebe Philo, as always, lights the way, however, pairing the aforementioned item with a boxy shirt and trainers for an outfit that's at once modern and good for hiding any post-holiday billowing out. Side note: We're really seeing a move away from the nipped-in waist, which is like, thank goodness. 

Skinny Jeans

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Still good—especially in winter, when you want to convey that you're not marshmallow-y all over—but still kind of boring. Solution: snip, snip

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Non-Skinny Jeans

There are only so many ways to wear trousers, but here is one you might not have considered yet, despite the overwhelming evidence for it: under a dress. Start out sheer like Rachael Wang here, then play with opaque fabrics and lengths. They're just really, really thick tights, if you think about it. 

Track Pants

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Gray Hoodie

More Vetements-themed seismic activity. Also consider the It-girl uniform of the season

Your Puffy Coat

Down with the fracket, in with Chanel's edict of practical outerwear wherever, whenever—even at the Ritz. 

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