Style Guide

5 Easy Style Updates for 2016—No Shopping Required

Everything you need to refresh your look is already in your closet.

By Julia Davila January 7, 2016

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It’s no secret the first week back to work or school can be sluggish for most; after all, fun-filled holiday gatherings with family and friends, too much champagne and Christmas cocktails can really take a toll on our bodies and our closets. Too many indulgences leave many with lingering questions on how to get back into the flow of things. If you're resolving to give your wardrobe a makeover, try these five simple upgrades for a new year, new closet refresh.

Before you bring in anything new, prioritize your purchases by making inventory of what you already have before upgrading your wardrobe. If a piece of clothing is old, worn out or has a stubborn stain that you can’t seem to get out, it’s time to let it all go. Shoes that give you blisters, heels you thought were essential to have but you can’t seem to walk in and handbags that have never seen the light of day are also signs of pieces that should be thrown away or donated.

1. Layers on Layers

Hide your festive food baby and get more out of your favorite dress by adding extra layers. Layers can come in handy in cold temps and can instantly spice up your closet staples. Whether you choose a turtleneck, a crisp white button down or a cozy sweater, no one will notice you’ve been wearing the same thing over and over again.

2. Wrap Up

Style your classic white button down differently and wear it as a wrap shirt. Starting from the end of the your oversized oxford shirt, unbutton three to four of the bottom buttons, then take one tail and wrap it toward the opposite hip and tuck in to your jeans, pants or skirt. Tuck the other tail in loosely to maintain a drape and you have yourself a newly styled look.

3. Robes, anyone?

Sport a robe as outerwear. Blazers, trench coats, vests and military jackets are great, but who doesn’t get tired of throwing on the same classic staple coat? Layer a duster or a short kimono-style piece over tailored trousers, jeans or a skirt and a turtleneck, or top it with a denim jacket or an oversized blazer for a modern three-piece suit.

4. Flash of Shine

Be daring with metallics for daytime wear. A flash of silver or gold can be overwhelming, so be sure to pair it with basics in a neutral palette to give the outfit a balanced look. Those with a more conservative style can start with accessories such as shoes or a handbag, or if you’re feeling bold, go all out in head-to-toe gold. 

5. Crop for Winter

Reinvent the crop top for winter. Layer your favorite summer shirt to make it office-appropriate by pairing it with menswear-inspired oxford and a high-waisted pencil skirt. For the weekend, switch out the button-down and skirt for a comfy tee and jeans.

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