Some days you reach for the same old sweater and pair of jeans and suddenly it hits you: you’re stuck in a style rut. It’s easy to stay within our comfort zones and reach for something simple when we’re in a rush, after all. But there’s nothing like the boost you get from rocking a great new outfit and getting compliments on it – it’s a great thing to boost your confidence. You don’t have to rush out and spend a fortune to give your style a boost though. There are lots of ways to freshen up your look that can be easier and less expensive than you think.
Get The Foundations Right
They may be mostly unseen, but choosing the right underwear can often give you a whole new lease of life. Feeling properly supported and comfortable, having an underwear wardrobe that lets you select the right pieces for the right outfit, and slipping into something fabulous – even if only you know its there – can be transformative. So take a long, hard look at your underwear drawer. Book in for a fitting, as your bra size will change over time. Discard anything old, greying or damaged and treat yourself to some supportive, luxurious basics in neutral tones. Elle Macpherson Intimates provide some beautiful designs that are still practical for everyday.
The Art of Accessories
Definitely the easiest way to breathe new life into your style is changing up your accessories. You can always try something different with jewellery – if you normally favour statement pieces, try subtle and delicate necklaces layered, like some of the beautiful designs at Ivydayelle. Or stack up a boyfriend watch with a selection of bangles and thin bracelets for an impactful look. Add a thin scarf for a jolt of colour and pattern on an otherwise plain outfit, or treat yourself to a new bag in a sophisticated shade like navy or burgundy to work well with neutral basics – Lamb 1887 do a great line in understated luxury leather goods.
Take Care of The Details
If you haven’t been taking proper care of your clothes, you can’t expect them to look any good. So perhaps it’s time for a bit of a wardrobe audit. Take anything past its best to recycling, and make a pile of clothes to be repaired – a loose button that needs sewing back on, a hem that needs stitching up or garments that need taking in or letting out slightly to look their best. Finding a place that does inexpensive clothing alterations can literally be your secret weapon. Inexpensive high-street clothes can look like designer if they are correctly tailored to fit. Make sure all the basics are covered off too – that your shoes are clean and not scuffed up, that your clothes aren’t’ covered in lint and fabric pilling and that things aren’t full of creases. Read up on how to properly clean and care for your clothes and make sure you invest in decent clothes hangers – ultra-slim velvet ones that stop silky tops slipping off and don’t leave dents and marks in heavier items are ideal.