Whether you’re scrolling through your favorite fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or constantly eyeing your stylish co-worker’s great outfits day after day, it’s likely you’ll find yourself bored of your closet and craving a complete overhaul. But not everyone has the money or time to completely revamp their wardrobe. Luckily, there are easy — and affordable — tweaks you can make to your outfits that will make you appear incredibly fashion-forward. Have a look at the below suggestions and be prepared to transform your style.
1. Swap your flats for heels
You may have several pairs of heels lying in your closet, but there’s a good chance you only pull them out for special occasions. If you want to put some more oomph into your outfits, you may want to get some more mileage out of those shoes. Heels can transform a simple T-shirt and jeans from looking frumpy to cutting-edge. They’re sexy, sophisticated, and incredibly chic.
Between your boots, sandals, and sexy stilettos, finding the right pair for your outfit can be difficult. When in doubt, a sensible pair of pumps will look great with skirts, dresses, jeans, and office-appropriate trousers. Walking in heels all day can be painful, so we encourage you to pack a pair of flats in your purse when you’re first making the switch.
2. Invest in some colors and prints
As versatile as they may be, neutrals like black, gray, and camel can feel dull, especially if you wear them daily. If you’re looking to add some more energy to your closet, pick up a couple of colorful pieces. Mixing zesty hues like marigold and lapis together isn’t for everyone — and that’s OK. Instead, pairing an olive green skirt with a black turtleneck or a printed blouse with some jeans every now and then will add an extra jolt of energy to your wardrobe. Not sure which colors to add to your closet? Start with deep jewel tones like red, purple, and emerald.
3. Rethink your shirts
A simple T-shirt, sweater, and button-down are great staples for your closet, but they’re not the most fashion-forward. After a few consecutive days wearing the same blouse and jean combination, you may feel like your wardrobe is crying for a much-needed makeover. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on new clothes, all you need to do is invest in a few unexpected tops. Sporting a trendy, off-the-shoulder shirt with some jeans will instantly make you feel more stylish and will definitely receive a couple compliments from your friends.
When shopping for your new crop of tops, pick pieces with thoughtful details. Tops with tasteful embellishments, unexpected silhouettes, and interesting draping are great examples.
4. Add another layer
Feeling like your standard shirt and skirt combination lacks personality? Simply add a third piece. Tons of fashion authorities like WhoWhatWear insist this styling trick makes a huge difference. “It adds nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit, making you look put together, polished, more interesting, and like you put a little effort into your look,” writes WhoWhatWear’s Kat Collings. “Essentially it’s a simple rule of thumb that promotes more stylish outfit choices.” Whether you belt your oversized top or add a cool moto jacket to a turtleneck and mini skirt, this rule will give any outfit some curbside appeal.
5. Swipe on some lipstick
As the great Elizabeth Taylor once said, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Lipstick has the power to lift your spirits and make even the most casual outfit look thoughtful and put together. So why not add some to your daily routine? Just a simple swipe and you’ll look significantly more stylish. While any shade of lipstick will instantly improve your outfit, a red, berry, or retro brown will create the most impact.