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6 Simple ways to change up your look

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Switch up your style

If you've been uninspired lately when it comes to style, it may be time to shake things up and give your look a boost. But don't worry, we're not suggesting you do anything drastic. There are actually quite a few simple ways to spice up your style and make you feel like you've been transformed. Read on for our tips for taking your look in a new direction.

1Embrace bold colors

One of the easiest ways to slip into a style rut is to forgo brighter hues for a monochromatic look heavy on black, navy, gray and beige. There's nothing wrong with sticking to more neutral shades, but after a while, everything you own will start to bore you. Neutrals have their place, but why not punch them up with something vibrant?

  • Buy a bag in an eye-popping shade of pink or turquoise.
  • Instead of pairing a pencil skirt with something in cream or white, opt for a richer hue. May we suggest garnet or plum?
  • Top a neutral outfit with a brightly colored cardigan to give your look a fresh twist.

Embrace bold color

Tory Burch tote
(Net-A-Porter, $195)

 

2Try a new hairstyle

Even parting your hair on the opposite side can completely change your look, so we urge you to experiment with different styles – waves, braids or buns – whatever frames your face in a whole new way. If you're stumped, book a consultation with your stylist and have her style your hair in several different ways until you hit on a few options you love. Then have her show you how to accomplish the looks yourself so you'll be able to create them at home. Highlights are another simple way to add some depth to your hair and subtly change your look.

A man's white dress shirt or chambray shirt

Emily Blunt's braided updo
Photo credit: WENN

 

3Add a trendy item

Having a closet full of the classics (white shirt, black trousers, little black dress) is important and a great way to build a timeless wardrobe, but if you want to inject some new life into what you already own, you can always add a few trendy pieces each season. Sure, they might go out of style in a few months but that's the fun thing about trends – every time one has run its course, a new one is waiting in the wings. Whether it's a great patterned piece or something in a cut and color that only works for a specific season, treat yourself to something trendy to help punch up your look. Some fall trends to look forward to:

  • Polka dots
  • Plaid
  • Snakeskin
  • Embellishments (buttons, baubles, sequins, etc.)

Plaid Ruana

Plaid ruana
(Urban Outfitters, $42
)

4Make a shoe statement

Whether you're a jeans and T-shirt type of girl or you're partial to blouses and blazers, you can easily move your style meter up a few notches with some fabulous footwear. Trade your tired black pumps or flats and opt for something that has some serious flair. The possibilities are endless – from chunky platforms to ankle booties to sky high heels, there is no shortage of shoe-related experimentation you can do.

Make a shoe statement

Platform high heels
(ASOS, $112.05)

5Mix it up with makeup

The rainbow of eye, lip and nail colors out there make changing your look pretty simple. Take a look at your makeup bag and think about how long you've been using the same shades. If you can't remember the last time you wore a different lip color or shadow, it's time to change things up. If you're not sure where to start, head to the nearest beauty counter for a mini makeover. You don't have to buy anything they suggest but do take note of what colors they used so you have a starting point when you do go shopping.

Mix it up with makeup

OPI "Touring America"
Fall 2011 Collection

(BeautyDeals.net, $8.50)

6Look to your favorite celebs

If you're really stumped for ways to change up your look, use your favorite celebrities as inspiration. What was Gwyneth Paltrow wearing the last time she was photographed picking up her kids from school? Did something Diane Kruger wear to a premiere intrigue you? Head out in search of more affordable alternatives as a simple but effective way to spice up your personal style. You don't have to copy, but why not take inspiration from some of the more stylish celebs you love?

Look to your favorite celebs

Alice + Olivia Jersey Dress
(Neiman Marcus, $176)

Photo credit: WENN

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