Style is almost never about what you own, it’s about how you wear what you own. Sometimes, the slightest tweak can entirely change an outfit and make it look new again. One of the biggest frustrations many women face is that they keep buying new clothes, but still feel like they don’t have anything to wear. The answer? Learn to remix your clothes in fresh ways so you have lots of great new outfits. I’ve got some suggestions I use myself for a few easy wardrobe changes you can make to use what you already own for new looks.
The quickest and easiest way to change the look of an outfit is to change up the silhouette; try this by belting something you might not usually belt like a jacket, coat or cardigan.
Don’t be afraid to replace things like self-belts (in the same material as the garment) with a leather belt. And experiment with adding dressy belts to casual looks and vice versa. I like wearing a chic chain belt with jeans and a wide casual woven belt with dresses.
Keep the flattering aspect of the look by going monochromatic; if you want to show off a small waist, choose a contrasting color. A hip-slung belt is a great way to give shape to a tunic or maxi dress.
Substitute Jeans for Black Pants
Are you used to wearing black pants with absolutely everything? While we all love our black trousers, skinny pants and leggings, there is life beyond basic black.
The next time you put on a pretty blouse, jacket or cardigan that you would normally wear with black pants, substitute jeans instead.
You can even take a black pantsuit jacket and mix it with jeans for a great casual, pulled-together look.
Here’s a simple fashion trick that stylish women have used forever: mix high and low. What that means is simply mixing different elements together even though they are different.
Mix a designer dress with inexpensive shoes. Wear pearls with jeans. Try diamonds with shorts.
I like to mix casual with dressy: a cropped jean jacket with a black cotton lace hem skirt, jeans with dressy pumps, etc. The result is an original look that’s more polished than head-to-toe casual and less stuffy than an all dressy look.
The idea here is to make something completely unexpected and new. Have fun!
Layer, Layer, Layer
You may be used to dressing in layers for cold weather, but warm weather layers can be just as successful in changing up your style. Try layering a vest over a sleeveless gauze dress or a pretty sheer knit sweater over a tank top. Mix, match, contrast.
Layers can be tricky to get things like proportions just right, so it takes some experimentation to nail this look. You want to look for layers that add colorful or textural interest, not layers that make you look heavy or bulked up. So, lightweight layers are always ideal.
Change Your Shoes
Sometimes the easiest way to mix up your look is the most obvious, but I’m always surprised by how women forget to just mix up looks with shoes.
I like changing colors (subbing brights for black, etc.) and styles (switching from pumps to sandals) and heel heights (flats for high heels,)
If you don’t switch out your shoes often, and feel unsure of which shoes go with certain looks, the easiest option is to just start trying on random styles until you find something that works. You may be surprised!