The great thing about fashion is that it’s always evolving: Trends come and go, while classics are here to stay. But here’s another awesome fact: Those seemingly fleeting trends are actually “recycled,” meaning they are reincarnated every few years, in one form or another.
So even if you’re not a diehard fashionista, you CAN have fun with fashion! Here’s how to update your look without committing fashion overkill.
- Inject some color into your wardrobe. Perhaps you’re the jeans-and-tee type of girl. Spruce it up with a graphic tee or throw a colored cardigan over your white T-shirt for a pop of color during rainy days and whenever the temperature drops. You can also jazz up your footwear. Instead of run-of-the-mill monochromatic sneakers, you can get a pair that sports a funky print. Remember, you don’t need to go all-out just to add pizzazz to your ensemble — a few tweaks here and there will do.
- Accessorize it! Use accessories to spiffy up your outfit. Statement blings such as name necklaces are back in fashion, so why not get one? It’s fashionable yet personal piece of jewelry that’s sure to add sparkle to any getup. You can also trade your trusty ol’ bag with a more colorful one — it can definitely update your look. If you’re not so much into accessories, settle for just one or two key pieces. And if you’re feeling lazy, just wrap a scarf around your neck or use it as a belt — it’s a creative way of making your outfit anything but blah.
- Running out of ideas? Trawl the Internet for inspiration! There are thousands of websites devoted to fashion, including major celebrity fashion icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham, Selena Gomez, and Blake Lively, to name a few.
- Opt for layering. Layering makes you look more polished and definitely more unique. Throw a light cardigan over a tank top or T-shirt, go preppy by layering a collared shirt with a T-shirt or sweatshirt, or take it even further by wearing a top over a dress (so the dress will look like a shirt). If you’re not sure about the combination, seek advice from your fashion-savvy friend or sibling.
- Dare to mix and match prints. The key to mixing and matching prints and patterns, according to fashion insiders and experts, is to use the “base” colors. For example, if you’re mixing florals with stripes, one should have a bolder print, while the other one has a more discreet one. Then, assess which colors from the two patterns intersect, and anchor your overall look with a monochromatic piece. Here’s an example: If you’re wearing navy blue pinstriped pants with a white and blue floral-print blouse, pull the look together with a solid-hued blazer and pumps that echo the dominant colors of both prints. In other words, you mix and match colors, not prints.
Here’s another tip: You can opt to pair two different prints as long as both designs are simple. The golden rule when mixing patterns is to keep the colors to a minimum — too much will only make you look like a rainbow (and not a pretty one at that).