Updating your wardrobe with a fresh feel can be as easy as adopting the latest cool-girl style tricks. Splurge on Fall’s leopard print and white cowboy boot trends, sure, but go for even more mileage from the wardrobe pieces you’ve already scored. It’s super simple and costs nothing to switch your shoulder bag to crossbody or belt an oversize coat or drape a jacket. Try these tips on for size, and you’ll get a new look that shows you know where style is headed for the rest of 2018.
Drape, Don’t Wear, Your Jacket
Picture the most soignée of chic Frenchwomen and you probably envision her with jacket draped over her shoulders. How simple! And yet how effective at making any outfit seem infinitely more expensive and elegant. This trick works for business suits when you’re heading for the boardroom. It also dresses up jeans and sneakers when you throw a blazer over your shoulders.
Define Your Waist
Belt your coat to define your shape and focus attention on your waist. Adding a skinny belt completes your look and lends polish to even casual outfits. Use this trick to make oversize tunics, shirts and sweaters fit your frame.
Use a half-tuck to add snap to your ensemble. Tuck just the hem of one side of your shirt or sweater and you’ve got that J. Crew vibe down.
Reinvent Your Top
Take your suit separates in a new direction by slipping on a tunic or a silky dress instead of the expected blouse. Wear a dress over jeans. This trick has been around for a while, but the effect is updated when the jeans are slim and the dress is the latest feminine styles. Even more modern is the idea of using a wrap dress open over jeans. Voila! You have an instant robe coat.
Wear Your Shoulder Bag Crossbody
Here’s an instant outfit upgrade that costs nothing. Switch from wearing your bag over your shoulder to adopting the crossbody style. You’ll signal effortlessly that you know how to wear the latest style.
Tie a Scarf Around Your Neck
Let’s look again at the chicest of French and Italian women. They know that a scarf tied at the neck infinitely elevates the look of a basic t-shirt and jeans outfit. Pay particular attention to the way they tie a simple scarf for the most elegant effect.
Go Off the Shoulder
Wear a jean jacket slung off the shoulder to make a classic look feel fresh. Dare to go just a little bare and wear a button-down shirt loosely off the shoulders.
Use the Over-Under Dress Trick
Wear a slip dress over a tee or button-down shirt to get extra mileage out of that sexy piece you’ve been saving for evenings out. Top off a dress by slipping on a sweatshirt. Once again you’ve doubled your wardrobe and you’ve made any dress instantly more casual.
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Loosen up that stiff button-down shirt by rolling up the sleeves. You’ll project a cool nonchalance that’s always in vogue. Rolling up the sleeves gives these classic shirts a sense of ease and a touch of casualness.