Finding ways to update an outfit can be a lot less money than having to replace it. Fashions come and go so quickly that if you can do things to existing outfits to help keep them trendy, you will have much more money left for other things. It could also be the case that you are living on a budget, and updating your current outfits might be your only option.
Scarves come in an endless array of materials, colors and sizes. They are inexpensive and a great way to alter the look of any outfit. Give yourself an instant new look by throwing a scarf over your shoulder, tying one around your wrist or hang one from a belt. Lightweight, silk ones are great for updating summer outfits, and the warmers woolly ones for those winter months.
The shoes you wear can make a big difference to the look of an outfit. Platform or metallic heels make a statement about how trendy you are, and they are all the rage right now.
If you want footwear that is softer, why not try some colorful ballet flats? These are old favorites that have been modernized by making them in many different colors, including pastel shades if you want something a bit quieter.
A plain shirt or dress can easily be jazzed up with a neon or metallic necklace or choker. You can find a huge variety of items in discount stores, or as with anything else you are buying, there may be coupon codes that will give you a reduction on prices. Shop around and see what you can find. Don't forget Etsy and thrift shops to find something handmade or with a cool story!
Layered necklaces can look classy and rock chic at the same time, and depending on the color and weight of them can be a great addition to any outfit.
Bracelets or ankle chains are also another good way to make an outfit stand out more, and the bigger and brighter they are the better the effect will be. In fact, bracelets stacked up your arm, from woven friendship bracelets to colorful bangles, with have an amazing effect on your outfit. For a quieter more classy look, stick to a watch or a couple of single chains.
Most people own at least one pair of jeans, usually in the traditional blue or in black or grey. Denim has become more colorful and now you can have the comfort with the durability that this material gives in a whole range of brighter colors
These give you the option of pairing them with different tops and jackets to make your look trendier than you may realize. Denim has also become more acceptable in the office in today’s working environment; with a great fitting pair of denim jeans, you can dress them up during the week and dress the same pair down for a fun girl’s night or date night!
There was a time when bags were all black, grey or brown and occasionally navy blue. Now the colors available are endless and so are the styles. Whether you need a larger bag to carry lots of things around, or a smaller one for just a couple of items, your bag should be part of your outfit. This is not difficult to achieve, and the cost of bags these days, means you can have several ready to go with whatever you are wearing.
Brightly colored and patterned bags are firm favorites, and so are oversized clutch bags.
Whether you wear a short or long jacket, and regardless of if it is made from leather or some other material, a jacket can complement an outfit more than anything else. Cropped jackets and bomber style jackets are popular at the moment, but jacket fashion does not change as often as some other trends. You can always wear ones that your brought 2 or 3 years ago without looking dated or old fashioned.
The classic blazer, for instance, never goes out of fashion and can be worn with trousers, skirts or dresses, and they are completely versatile too!
These days, sunglasses are worn in all weather because they can look great even when it is raining. Interesting shapes and sizes are readily available, and they can look very trendy without you having to spend a fortune.
New Style For Your Hair
Why not try out a new style for your hair? Although your hair is not technically part of your outfit, it certainly can affect your overall appearance. Try something bold and drastic (if you dare), because if you do not like it, it will soon grow out and then you can try something else. But, if you are not willing to that risk, try a little bit of a shorter length, maybe highlights, or some bangs!
The same can be said for makeup. If you use new colors on your lips and eyes, you may be surprized at the effect it will have. Your hands are often in view as well, so why not buy yourself a different color nail polish, one that will compliment any wrist jewelry you are wearing.
Give Old Clothes A New Lease Of Life
If you have clothes that you do not wear because they have started to look a bit dated, you can give them a new lease of life by making some alterations. Takes the bottom of what used to be a maxi dress, change the buttons on a shirt or top that you still love and maybe turn some long sleeves into short ones. If you are not too clever with a needle and thread yourself, there are plenty of alteration specialists who will be pleased to assist you.
You can buy then big with floppy brims, small pillar-box ones or baseball caps. These are just three of the styles of hats you can finish an outfit off with. A hat can turn a casual outfit into something more formal and vice versa. Flat caps, beanies and fedoras can all help you to make yourself look trendier.
Try one of your outfits with a narrow belt and then a wide belt and see the difference the style of belt makes. They are a cheap accessory that can alter the look of an outfit with not effort at all.
You can buy them in stores and markets, and will find that they are one accessory you cannot do without.
Updating your outfits does not need to mean that you have to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes. Some planning and forethought at a very little cost (if any at all - most of these things you might already have!) is all it takes to make yourself look more modern, fashionable, and more confident!