5 easy ways to spruce up your style
How to revamp your wardrobe this summer
From well-chosen accessories to embracing colours and patterns, we show you how to give your wardrobe a whole new look this season.
With so much time spent on work and family commitments it can be all too easy to neglect yourself and get stuck in a style rut. However, rejuvenating your style needn’t be time consuming, complicated or costly. Rather than buying a whole new wardrobe, there are some simple yet effective steps you can take to give your look a new lease of life.
Embrace colours and patterns
Blacks and neutral shades may be practical but they can also become boring when over used. This summer, try embracing colours and bold patterns for an easy yet effective way of giving your look a lift. You might even want to consider visiting a colour consultant who will help you to identify the colours and shapes that suit you as an individual. It can be pricey but the difference it can make to your look is phenomenal. If the thought of going for all-over colour scares you, just choose one piece of coloured clothing or an attention-grabbing accessory or two, and pair with more neutral pieces.
Speaking of accessories, this is a great area of your wardrobe on which to focus your attention. Accessories are generally cheaper to buy than whole outfits, but they can instantly transform your look, turning an old, familiar outfit into something that looks fresh and new. Whatever look you’re going for, you’re sure to find an accessory that complements it. Italian leather handbags offer sophisticated, continental style, for example, while a patterned neck scarf can provide a fun, flirty edge to an outfit. And of course, don’t forget a great pair of shoes to provide the perfect finishing touch to any look.
Work with what you’ve got
Rather than buying a whole load of new outfits, take a look at your wardrobe with a fresh pair of eyes. Try pairing different items together for a brand new look or, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, think about how you could alter or upcycle all those unworn and unloved pieces of clothing to create stylish new outfits that are unique to you.
Invest in classics
While you don’t need to spend a fortune on a new wardrobe, paying a bit extra for some good quality classic pieces, such as a tailored blazer or a great pair of jeans, is always a good investment. They can be paired with a whole range of outfits and will instantly upgrade your look. Similarly, be sure that any clothes you do buy fit you well, or take them to a tailor to get altered to fit, as this will help to give you a more polished edge, as well as making your clothes look more expensive than they really are.
A healthy dose of self-confidence can make a big difference to any outfit, helping you to stand taller and adopt a better posture. So whatever you’re wearing, make sure you wear it with confidence and with a big smile on your face – after all, as the kids on Annie sang, ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’.