Shop Your Closet

Sometimes a new wardrobe is literally at your fingertips.


We went into the closet of Mia Waligora, of Lake Forest, and created several new outfits for her using pieces she already owned (including a few items she’d never worn). Voila! Eight fresh looks she didn’t know she had.
This spring, try shopping your own closet, then fill in the gaps with your favorite spring fashion trends.

fashion editor kathryn achenbach
stylist evangeline politis
photos by britt anderson


from the closet:
Mia’s red top looks great with slim jeans, but we also love the color play of layering it over her patterned orange skirt for something dressier.

from the shops:
A tribal tunic looks boho chic with denim, but fearless fashionistas can embrace head-to-toe prints by pairing it with a patterned skirt in a similar color family, and then balance the look with a structured bag in a neutral tone.


  1. Marni for H&M bracelets, $29.99 for set of two
  2. Melie Bianco bag, $88.95, Lori’s
  3. Prada wooden wedge, $890, Saks Fifth Avenue
  4. Tory Burch tunic, $395, Neiman Marcus





from the closet:
Mia loved this dainty J. Crew blouse but had never worn it before. Turns out it’s one of the most versatile basics she owns! Paired with a pencil skirt it’s perfect for the office, but Mia can also dress it down with jeans. The key is the stretchy belt, which shows off her small waist.

from the shops:
Add a bright blazer and color blocked bag to black and white for a fun and graphic look.


  1. Fuschia blazer, $79.90, Zara
  2. Tory Burch espadrille, $195, Saks Fifth Avenue
  3. Reed Krakoff handbag, $1,090, Neiman Marcus



from the closet:
This white and gray chevron top is more wearable than you might think. The large stripes give a kicky deco flare to her bright yellow mini. And if you’re ready to mix prints (the trend this summer) the smaller print on Mia’s black and white skirt perfectly balances the stripes..


from the shops:
A killer studded heel and bold bag ups the ante on any outfit.


  1. Jeffrey Campbell studded suede pump, $208.95, Lori’s
  2. Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, $280, Saks Fifth Avenue
  3. Bottega Venetta bag, $2,700, Saks Fifth Avenue



from the closet:
We added Mia’s sweet, gray-blue jacket to the mix to play with spring’s color blocking trends.

from the shops:
For something more romantic, swap out the chevron top for a floral printed blouse and colored belt, then finish the look with a brightly colored scarf.


  1. Yellow scarf, $29,95, Gap
  2. Floral blouse, $59.90, Zara

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