“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” -Tenzin Palmo, 1943.
Most of the time, the answer really lies right under our noses and there is a simple solution to the: “I have nothing to wear attitude.”
Here are some tips to revive your style while working with what you’ve got.
1) Add a belt. In jeans, classic trousers, or to accessorise a dress. It depends what look you want to go for. But a belt always elevates any look. You can add colour or go more classic or polished. You can accentuate your waist, in a way that fits your body type. For instance you can accentuate the waist low or higher. Either way. A belt is always a good idea.
2) Wear clean, crisp and quality clothes. Just going through your closet and eliminating threads hanging here and there or bobbles can work miracles. This is also the case for ironed clothes. We all know that ironing is a drag and takes up way too much time. The solution for this is getting a steamer. I kinda find it fun to do, it’s like doing magic with your clothes.
3) Look at what everybody is wearing, and then simply do the opposite. Chances are, if you’re not following every fashion blogger or fashion guru out there, that the styles that people are wearing in your direct circle are pretty similar and easy. 90 pct of the people around you might be wearing jeans, a loose T-shirt and sneakers. So if you want to stand out, look fresh, take in those looks and ask yourself what you could be doing differently or how you’d elevate those looks.
4) Wear a hat. This is one of my personal faves. I have a lot of hair , that takes a lot of time to groom, and this one kinda gives me a free pass on tip number five. A hat instantly elevates your style if it’s the appropriate one. I’m not suggesting wearing a classic Lady Di hat with a Brooklyn style puffer coat. By the way. a ribbon in your hair or classy headband could also easily do the trick.
5) Take care and do your hair. I know this is important, because our hair is our canvas and blow outs are our best friends. A blow out or fresh cut makes you instantly revived.
6) It’s all about the coat. I’m not saying you gotta be peek -a -booing or like wear your pj’s under your trench. But adding a long stylish trench coat of some sort is always a good idea.
7) Just throw it out! Well no, recycle or donate. But yes, throw it out! If you don’t feel your 250 pct best self in it, let it go ( and sing the frozen theme song while you’re doing it).
8) Go for simple silhouettes. If you are in doubt, go for simple and classic. Monochrome looks also are easy to style, even with slight colour variations.
9) Elongating is also a nice way of playing with proportions and easy to do. Just ad some height and you’ll get a different silhouette because of the change in your posture when adding some height. If you are tall, a kitten heel also does the trick of changing your posture.
10) The material of what you are wearing is super important to how it will relate to your body. So when going through your wardrobe, think about which fabrics you like and why that is. Chances are that you’ll end up with a smaller set of clothes but clothes you love to wear and will wear more often.
Et voila. Easy and simple tricks to revive your look. And remember; If you must shop look at second hand, vintage options or sustainable made options first, before hitting the ( online ) stores.