10 styling ideas you can try today.

It’s easy to update your wardrobe – free – with these simple ideas from clever stylists.

 

1. Take your shirt back to the future.

Not since the (original) 90210 days have shirts been buttoned up all the way.

But über fashion illustrator, Garance Dore, captured the look on her blog recently, showing how just a couple of extra buttons can take a look from classic, to koo-kah!

Amanda Brooks, Fashion Director of Barneys NY goes all the way.

Alternatively, play with your collar by spreading it wide, or flicking it up, old school like The Fonz.

2. Tape your hems.

$9.50 Amazon.com

Are your favourite jeans the perfect length for your heels, but dragging on the ground with your flats?

Temporarily alter the hems, with Hollywood Tape, a quick, easy and cheap solution.

Simply adjust the length of your jeans to suit your shoe height, stick on the tape, and you are ready to go. To take the jeans back to the original length, just peel the tape off. Easy.

Great for maxis and pants too.

Leather double wrap plaited waist belt $17 ASOS.com

 

3. Belt up.

Clothing cinched at the waist will emphasise your figure, and a belt can add polish to a plain outfit.

Try one over a knit, a cardigan, or add to a dress – and if it is long enough, try a knot instead of buckling it.

 

4. Roll up your sleeves.

This ain’t about scrubbing sinks.

Roll up the sleeves of a jacket or blazer to loosen them up, and team them with jeans, shorts, or leggings, and a pair of ballet flats or boots.

A great way to get some use out of those business jackets languishing in the back of your closet.

 

Sleeve scrunching, Left Bank, Paris. Pic: The Sartoralist

Also try a crisp shirt with the sleeves rolled up, teamed with dark leggings. Try raiding your partners wardrobe for his fitted, cuffed shirts!

 

5. ‘The future’s so bright…

Alex Perry showcasing his elongated head.

Sunglasses are a must-have for an instant style update, or a lazy girl’s accessory.

Use them on your head to pull your hair back, and to elongate your face (why do you think Alex Perry does it?)

Or, hook them into your blouse as a replacement to a neck-piece.

And we all know they are perfect to hide sleep deprived eyes, and to check out the politics of the playground.

 

6. Go Nude.

Match your shoe colour as close as you can to the colour of your skin for longer looking legs.

Jennifer Aniston, who is known for her perfect pins, is rarely seen in a different coloured shoe, and had consequently been able to shake her childhood nickname of ‘stumpy’.

 

7. Mix pretty with tough.

Masculine items such as a leather or denim jacket, classic aviator sunglasses, biker boots, or chunky metal cuffs, mixed with pretty and delicate colours, shapes and fabrics, such as a floral skirt, a floaty silk scarf, or soft pink lipstick will give you a potent mix of naughty and nice.

Biker boots with a soft touch

8. Lots of knots.

Knotted into shape

A simple twist in a skirt or maxi dress creates additional interest, and makes it easier to run after the kids.

Knot the side of an oversized T-shirt for added shape (again, raid your partner’s wardrobe) and tie up the front of a tailored shirt for a modern take on the ’90’s classic.

 

9. Layer upon layer upon layer upon layer.

If you look closely at most really cool outfits, there are a lot of layers going on.

Recreate the thinking by adding layers of singlets, vests over shirts and tops, jackets, scarves and mounds of necklaces or bracelets.

Extra points for this if you keep it all to one tone.

Sometimes Coco Chanel’s rule of thumb about taking off an accessory before you leave the house just ain’t cool.

 

10. Add one thing that you love.

Grannie's brooch gets an outing.

One rule of Chanel’s though that is always cool, is this one:

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” .

Add your unique stamp to your outfit, be it an antique brooch, or a cheezy slogan button. A flea market find, or something you’ve saved for.

Eschew what’s in fashion and dig out something that you have always treasured or admired, and get creative about incorporating it into your outfit.

Experiment with tying special things around your wrists, neck, or pinning treasures to your bags, tops, or even hair.

Stop saving those special things for a special occasion.

Make today that special occasion, with your own special style.

 

What is your styling shortcut? What special treasures do you like to wear?

 

  • Sasha

    I think that there needs to be some rewording in the first point; something like, “Alternatively, play with your collar by spreading it wide, or flicking it up, old school like Andrea.” I do recall some fashion forward chick coming back from the States with that trick firmly entrenched in her 80s wardrobe 🙂

  • Ah ha ha ha Sasha! You are so right. That, and baggy pants rolled up…and a spiral perm. Sweet.

  • Pene

    OOoh Fox there is some good stuff in there – I like it, I like it a lot. Thanks. One of my fav things is sticking a flower in my hair or in the hat I am wearing and I am a monster fan of scarves and junk jewellery to change my look around, but thanks for these ideas!!

  • Pene

    All of my hats have a little band or ribbon on them so I tuck the flower into that and then fasten on the inside with a small safety pin. What works REALLY well too are headbands that already have a flower or something on them. Just throw that aver the top of the existing band and VOILA instant in-place cute factor!! (make sure the decoration goes off to one side NOT in the centre or else you look like a clown!!)

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  • Kelly

    Alex perry showing his elongated head.. oh ROFL….   My glasses live on my head, the nurse even asked me was I wearing them like that to theatre…LOL

    • ha ha – did you say “well can’t you tape them down like you would jewellery?”

  • Great post! You’re so clever!

    Visiting from the Rewind.

    • Thanks Life in a Pink Fibro! x

  • I still can’t read this on iPad,but saw an image about pushing sleeves up on jackets and that was cool!

    • Oh Clairey, I am trying… not sure what to do!!! Ugh! 

  • These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the tape for the jeans.

    • Yeah, finally we have a use for that Hollywood tape sitting in our drawers. 

  • Ourparklife

    Awesome list…I am so pleased to discover your blog via The Weekend Rewind. I’ll be back…

    • Thanks Ourparklife – come again 😉 x

  • Eloise Verlaque

    My special treasures and simple style ideas are probably my scarves.  I just love them and I can’t get enough!   Although I do frequently bitch about Melbourne’s weather, the one good thing about it is that I can pretty much wear a scarf on any given day and be perfectly comfy.  Throw on a white tshirt (a scarf can even hide a coffee stain if it has to!), pair of jeans, flip flops or ballet flats and a great scarf and oila! all set to do the shopping or take the kids to the museum or go for a walk in the park. I love my scarves!

    • They are great, huh! Perfect way to dress up, add colour and cover up! 

  • I wish I had more time to look through your entire blog. You are always full of inspiring ideas! I have never thought to use the Hollywood tape on my jeans (they always end up with ratty ends). So simple. So clever. And frugal even 🙂 Thanks for Rewinding x

    • Oh thanks Multiple Mum! 

  • Pretty with tough – that is my favourite look. Probably because it reminds me of my teens though lol

    • FoxInFlats

      Lol yes!

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