Four Styling Secrets to Transform Basic Outfits
Dressing up is fun, but following fashion trends may not be practical in the long run. Fortunately, you can spice up even the most boring outfits with the right accessories and techniques. That said, here are a few tricks to freshen up those boring pieces and stay stylish all year long. (Image Credit: Svetlanasokolova/Freepik)
Add a belt
A belt adds instant pizzazz to a pair of jeans or a boring dress. It emphasizes your curves and adds shape to an otherwise loose-fitting dress or oversized top. A belt also works well when you’re wearing several layers or you want to create the illusion of a slender waistline.
When it comes to belts, don’t be afraid to go big. The goal is to add bling, color, and texture to your look. Belts come in different styles and shapes. There are delicate beaded belts for feminine looks and larger metal chains that make a statement. Some belts are reversible while some come with prominent buckles. No matter what type you choose, the right belt can be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.
A pair of heels can really pull your look together. From pumps and boots to wedges and stilettos, heels can instantly boost your confidence and make any outfit look chic. They’re also versatile which means you can easily pair them with shorts, skinny jeans, or dresses. Just make sure to choose a pair that’s comfortable enough to walk in for hours.
Layering is a great way to transform a basic jeans and shirt combo into a glam ensemble. The right cardigan, jacket, or coat can add texture and individuality without too much effort.
The key to layering is a nice mix of textures and colors. You can go as far as wearing three different fabrics to reinvent outfits. For example, denim, cotton, and wool blend well together as long as you stick to one or two color schemes. Feel free to wear print, but keep everything else neutral and low-key. Avoid wearing more than one bulky piece as this will hide your curves and result in an unflattering look.
Accessories are every girl’s go-to style changer. Adding a pair of statement earrings or some stackable rings can add pops of color to even the most basic outfit.
Scarves can add fun patterns to a plain outfit. When choosing a scarf, pick a color that matches your eyes or other accessories you plan on wearing. There’s no one way to wear scarves. You can wear them knotted them to the side, loose around the shoulders, or as an open loop around the neck.
When it comes to jewelry, feel free to combine different pieces together. Just make sure they match each other’s style, color, and material. For larger accessories, stick to 3-4 pieces so you don’t overload your outfit. Accessories with lots of threads or beads are best paired with neutral-colored clothes to achieve a sense of balance.
Following these tricks will help you achieve fashion-forward looks without changing your wardrobe every season. Adding vibrant colors and unique accessories may seem risky at first, but the right pieces can make you look and feel runway-ready.