So the holidays have come and gone and you’re too broke to buy new clothes. Bummer. If you’re a fashion maven like myself, this realization can put quite a damper on your new year. You wake up in the morning to get ready for work and once again you are faced with the perpetual thought of “I have nothing to wear!” How can this be in a closet full of clothes?
It’s time to get creative. You actually do have plenty to wear, it’s simply a matter of knowing new ways to put your pieces together. Every woman owns (or should own) a great pair of black slacks. Instead of pairing them with their matching black blazer (B-O-R-I-N-G), try a trendy military-inspired jacket on top. If you don’t already own one, places like The Gap and Old Navy have inexpensive versions. You can wear it open with a tank underneath or buttoned up and belted for an even fresher look.
You know that tan pencil skirt you are forever wearing with the same white button down? While this may be a classic look, it’s almost too safe. Revive it by replacing the white shirt with a silky tank and a chunky knit cardigan sweater. The sweater is comfy and casual with leggings on the weekend, but it takes on a new look when paired with a fitted pencil skirt. The contrast of fabrics is fresh and interesting. Add a long necklace, and you’re good to go.
The white button-down blouse gets a much-needed makeover when mixed with metallics. Try layering it over a shiny tank. Leave it unbuttoned and wear it on a casual Friday over your dark denim trouser jeans.
Don’t be shy about embracing bright colors this winter. While most of us opt with black, tan, and grey tones for the work week, this season it’s all about adding a pop of color and then some. Bold personalities might want to try mixing colors. The key is to mix a deep color with a bright, citrusy one. Think deep aubergine and tangerine or navy blue and bright yellow. Never mix two brights together or two pale colors together. The key is to have a sharp contrast between colors to keep your ensemble looking trendy and new. Less extroverted types may prefer a bright scarf, a skinny neon belt or a richly hued jacket to add a burst of color to their outfit.
Whatever the New Year brings, you’ll be looking and feeling great with these simple fashion updates to your already existing wardrobe. Best of all, they won’t break or even put a dent in your bank account. That way you’ll have extra cash to save for a rainy day…or perhaps that much needed vacation to Cabo you’ve been dying to take!