10 Unexpected Ways to Style Your Wardrobe Basics

Do you ever feel bored with clothes in your closet? Do you wish you could somehow transform your look without spending tons of money? Believe it or not, you actually don’t need to go out and buy new clothes when you’re tired of your look. Instead of maxing out your credit card on a new wardrobe, you can completely revamp your look by simply changing the way you style your everyday essentials. With these easy upgrades, you can take the items already in your closet from drab to fab. Within no time you’ll be turning heads like a true street style icon.

1. Deconstruct your button-up

A view of street style seen around the September 2016 New York Fashion Week

Wear a button-up in a different way. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Standard professional attire received a serious makeover when fashion bloggers started experimenting with deconstructed shirts. Instead of buttoning them up to your neck per usual, we love the way business shirts look hanging over one shoulder or twisted like origami. Plus, you can steal one from a friend and achieve this chic look for free.

2. Fasten your belt around your coat

Italian actress Elisabetta Pellini wears Sarli coat on day 2 Rome Fashion Week

Italian actress Elisabetta Pellini shows belts work over outerwear. | Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

Belts shouldn’t be confined to the loops along your waistline. We suggest stealing a styling tip from the pros, and wrapping your belt around all of your upper-body layers. This means securing your belt around your favorite coat and scarf, which not only looks cute, but also keeps everything in place around your waist.

3. Wear your shirt backwards

Neelam Gill attends the Elle Style Awards 2017

Give your sweater a totally new look. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Have you ever thrown on a sweater or shirt in a hurry, only to later realize you’ve been wearing it backwards the whole day? Though you’ve been mortified by this experience in the past, it turns out that backwards tops can make a major fashion statement. You can even choose how deeply you want your back to plunge for a fun night-out look.  

4. Layer a jumpsuit over a turtleneck

A model walks the runway at the Hien Le show

This look really works. | Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images

A jumpsuit layered above a turtleneck sweater may sound far too conservative for everyday wear. After all, you really won’t have any skin showing besides your hands and face. However, this look is one of our favorite new styling techniques, and it’s absolutely here to stay.

In this look, you’ll be transformed into a fashion magazine editor headed to a NYFW show. If you want to show off more of your figure, make sure the jumpsuit is form-fitting and a different color than the turtleneck beneath it.

5. Try a fancy dress over an everyday shirt

Perwin Aydin arrives for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Perwin Aydin arrives for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in this ultimate cool girl look. | Timur Emek/Getty Images

This trend has pretty obvious French roots, but we’re certainly not opposed to looking like a stylish Parisian (ever). For best results, make sure your shirt of choice is pretty tight, as you don’t want it to bulk up your slip dress, which should loosely cascade past any undershirt lines.

6. Pair joggers with heels

Model Delilah Hamlin attends the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show

Model Delilah Hamlin makes a serious statement. | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Athleisure has rapidly grown in popularity over the last few years, but we didn’t expect it to take such a stylish turn. Joggers and heels, in particular, make for a gorgeous pairing, and you get the benefit of being super comfortable in what are essentially sweatpants all day! Now that’s what we call balance.

7. Tie a shirt or sweater around your waist

Ayesha Curry (L) and NBA player Stephen Curry attend Rolling Stone Live SF

Ayesha Curry is bringing back this ’90s look. | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Remember when you used to tie your sweater around your waist at amusement parks? Well, this ’80s and ’90s staple has found its way back into popular culture (minus the matching fanny pack). But this time, the neon sweatshirt has been firmly replaced by a flannel button-up or white sweater. Simply wear your favorite shorts, dress, or skinny jeans and a tank, then use your tied top as a waist accessory.

8. Wear a corset over a blouse

Adriana Abascal attends the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week

Adriana Abascal pairs a classic blouse with an edgy corset. | Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

We aren’t entirely sure how this unusual styling technique made its way into the spotlight, but we certainly aren’t complaining. To pull it off, just take your favorite corset or waist trainer and wear it on top of a bulky blouse. You’ll be surprised at how tiny your midsection will instantly look.

9. Don’t be afraid of socks and heels

A model presents a creation by designer Mary Katrantzou

This look is daring, but also a lot of fun. | Niklas Halle’n/Getty Images

Sandals and socks have long been viewed as a heinous fashion faux pas. But as of late, the world’s biggest designers have been sending their models down the runway wearing socks and sandals and, we have to admit, we really love the way it looks. Simply pair thin socks with your favorite heels (open toed shoes are fine) and enjoy the look of this age-old accessory.

10. Use your sweatshirt as a dress

A model walks the runway at the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show

Go bold by turning a sweatshirt into a short dress. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Nothing says cool and effortlessly casual quite like an oversized sweatshirt. Instead of wearing it with a shirt and jeans as you normally would, though, find one that can double as a stand-alone dress. Paired with over-the-knee boots, you can even wear it out on the town looking like an A-list celebrity.