Sometimes all you need is a pair of scissors to give a garment a completely different look. Take, for example, this lace tank top I got at the spring clothes swap. It's a little too big, and way too bland with that white underlayer. I mean, can you even tell there's lace on top? Can you even see that it's polka dot lace? Seriously! Polka dots! In lace!
I grabbed my scissors and carefully snipped all the way around the edges to sever the lining (and built-in bra) from the lace.
Once that was gone, despite it still being a bit large, it hung much better on me without the built-in bra stiffening it. I thought about taking in the sides still, but decided it wasn't worth the hassle when it look perfectly fine now.
And with a brightly-colored cami underneath, the lace (the polka dots!) stand out much more.