6 Easy Style Upgrades That Don’t Cost an Arm and a Leg
For when you just can’t wear those old jeans again
Closet fatigue happens, but just because you’re bored with your existing offerings doesn’t mean you should toss everything and start from scratch. Instead, try some easy and inexpensive (or free!) upgrades that make your trusty old favorites feel and look new.
Replace Your Shoelaces
In case you missed it, we’re kind of obsessed with our white sneakers. We wear them constantly, which means we sometimes get a little bored with them. When that happens, instead of buying a new pair, we buy new laces. A colorful pair is unexpected and fun, but even a fresh white pair makes kicks look shiny and new. At less than $5, it’s an affordable and easy-to-execute way to refresh your look.
Swap Out Your Buttons
Surprising, but true: The quality of the buttons says a lot about a jacket. So, if you’re not looking to drop a ton of cash on a whole new piece, a great way to fake fanciness is to replace its cheaper-quality buttons with snazzier ones you can find online for just a few dollars. Once you’ve got them, follow a DIY guide like this to make the transition, and fool everyone with your craftiness. (Or, ya know, drop it all off at your dry cleaner/tailor.)
Use Your Accessories In New Ways
Scarves are only meant to be worn around your neck, right? Wrong. Tying a pretty silk number around the handle of a purse is a foolproof way to refresh your look. When it comes to accessories, think outside the box—whether that means wrapping a necklace around your wrist as a bracelet or fastening a hairclip to your lapel as a makeshift brooch.
Distress an Old Pair of Jeans
Chances are you’ve got a pair of jeans somewhere in your closet that you’re just not that into anymore. But you spent good money on, them, so you don’t want to toss them. Instead, turn them into a cool ripped pair. Might we suggest this super-simple tutorial on distressing them yourself?
Put a Pin on It
Yes, the whole pin trend can seem a touch young for a grown-ass woman like yourself, but when done in moderation—say, with a stray piece of fruit on your collar—it’s cool and unexpected on jean jackets, T-shirts and purses alike. It’s also mega-cheap. (The pineapple shown here is just $12.)