Summer Closet Cleansing: 5 Ways to Work With What You've Got This Season

06/26/2014 06:14 pm ET | Updated Aug 26, 2014

Oh snap! Have you heard the new shocking Bureau of Economic Analysis statistic showing that the average woman spends $3,400 a year on clothing? While we're all for the occasional shopping splurge, this shocking stat is just what we need to get us in the mindset to re-use and recycle some of our less-worn closet pieces. Whether you have a box of old jeans hiding in the back of your wardrobe or are simply looking for a refreshing new way to wear a last-season purchase, check out these five hacks to make what's old new again!

1. Denim Do Over


Have your favorite flared jeans gone out of style? Grab a pair of scissors and turn those jeans into cut-offs! Whether you opt for a short Daisy Duke-style or prefer a longer cut and fold them over, it's a cinch to snip your denim. Pose via @allysoninwonderland.

2. Cute and Cropped


Summer is the perfect season to show a little midriff! Transform a baggy, oversized tee into a stylish crop-top like @halliedaily.

3. No sleeves, please!


Repurpose a classic denim jacket for warmer weather by taking off your sleeves like @dashofdarling.

4. Maxi Madness


Maximize your dress game with a mid-length dress. Hitting right below the knees, a midi dress is just a small snip away from last season's maxi. Pose via @bureauofchic.

5. Tie-Dye For


Nothing says summer quite like tie-dye! Have an old purse, shirt or pair of shorts looking for a colorful refresh? A little tie-dye goes a long way. Pose via @hautepinkpretty.