Even if you don’t have the money to overhaul your entire wardrobe, you can make small style changes that will make a huge difference in your overall look.
Add a blast of color
Don’t be afraid of color in your wardrobe. Buy accessories and jewelry in vivid colors. A red scarf or a chunky green necklace can take any outfit from drab to fab instantaneously. If you are in the habit of wearing black all the time, you can liven up your look with a patent bag in a bold hue.
Wear hair accessories
This season, add a little glitz to your look in the form of hair accessories. Crystal combs, sparkling barrettes and jeweled headwraps can take an ordinary outfit and make it ready for glam evening wear. For a glamorous yet quick updo, pull your hair back in a simple ponytail, low at the nape of your neck. Twist the tail, coil it and secure with a glitzy pin.
Buy dark-wash jeans
Your favorite pair of jeans is probably medium blue with a lot of fading and whiskering. Though those jeans are terrific for casual wear, you should invest in one fabulous pair of dark-wash denim jeans. They should be free of any treatments and in a trouser or boot-cut style. This will allow you to wear them almost anywhere — from the office to a night out on the town — and still look pulled together.
Pick a signature piece of jewelry
A unique piece of jewelry is perfect as the focal point of your signature style. It could be a vintage watch that your grandmother gave you, a pair of diamond studs earrings that you got for your anniversary or a big cocktail ring that you picked up at the thrift shop. Make it extraordinary so that it conveys a little bit of your personality and personal style every day that you wear it.
Put on some tights
Textured tights and colored hose are hot right now. And tights are a very affordable way to make a big change. You can find tights in textured and printed patterns at under $15 a pair at most department stores. Black textured tights add a new dimension to a simple wool skirt or plain dress. You should also embrace the power of neon and other brights. A pair of neon yellow or cobalt blue tights offer amazing contrast to a simple black dress or other outfit.
Pull yourself together
The key to looking great is to always wear clothes that are clean, pressed and in good repair. A wrinkled blouse, unraveled sweater or worn-out shoes can ruin your outfit, no matter what else you are wearing. If your clothes aren’t worth repairing, get rid of them. If they are worth repairing, head to the tailor (or your sewing machine) to get them fixed.