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3 tricks to rework a T-shirt, maxi skirt and button-down into new looks

We all have those items that haven't seen enough time out of the closet. With a few clever tricks, turn basic items into something fresh!
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We all have those items that made it past spring cleaning but haven't seen enough time out of the closet. A few clever tricks could refresh those basic items into something original and totally new.

Patrice J. Williams of "Looking Fly On A Dime" stopped by TODAY Tuesday to help your tired closet find new life for the summer.

Maximize your maxi

Summer is the season of the maxi skirt. While this flowy staple is typically paired with a fitted top, you can also turn a maxi into a dress!

All you need to do is put your arms through the waistband (like you're putting on a jacket or a backpack) and let the material drape over your body like a shawl. Belt it at the waist and voila! Your maxi skirt is now a mini dress!

Printed Maxi Skirt, $28, American Eagle

American Eagle

High Waist Maxi Skirt, $35, Amazon


Crinkled Skirt, $20, H&M


Men's button-down shirt

Wearing a man's button-down shirt is sexy no matter what, but with a few creative twists, it can become even more stylish.

Off-the-shoulder tops continue to be one of the hottest trends of the summer, and you can create your own by leaving the first few buttons of a men's shirt undone and twisting the sleeves to make a criss-crossing halter top.

Faded Gingham Shirt, $60, J.Crew


Oxford Stripe Dress Shirt, $55, Macy's


White T-shirt

A simple white shirt is the perfect blank canvas to fit any trend. You can create an elegant off the shoulder shirt by slipping one shoulder out of the sleeve. This works best with a looser neckline like a scoop neck or you can even cut the neckline a bit to customize the look.

Basic Round Neck Shirt, $15, Amazon


Airism Scoop T-Shirt, $10, Uniqlo


Curved Hem Tee, $14, Old Navy

Old Navy