Accessorize: Reinvent your wardrobe with three simple steps

On occasion, I think we can all get a bit bored with our wardrobe. That’s not to say that some of us don’t have a closet full of clothes, shoes and accessories, but sometimes it feels like you just don’t have anything to wear, or you’ve worn everything you own too many times and you’re over it.

I have definitely fallen into this slump before.

I have my winter sweaters, summer dresses, fall booties and spring sandals, but I also have pieces that I am able to wear year-round. Sometimes, I can feel myself wearing them too many times and I get bored with said pieces.

Since I am not a celebrity or wealthy by any means, I do not have the financial freedom for a new outfit every day. Although that would be nice, it’s just not practical for the everyday woman.

So, if you feel like you’ve been repeating an outfit one too many times – and before you run out and spend a fortune trying to revamp your wardrobe – try these simple tricks to make what you have feel new.

SWAP OUT YOUR BAG

Try switching your everyday handbag to something you don’t normally carry. This could be an updated version of your go-to favorite bag, or something in a fun pattern or material, or a bold pop of color. Something as small as switching out your handbag can elevate your look and will make your clothes feel fresh and new.

ADD A COLORFUL SHOE

Whether it’s a vintage band T-shirt paired with dark denim skinnies and a blazer or a fun little black dress, adding a colorful shoe can make even the most basic outfit feel brand new.

Adding a pop of color to any outfit always makes it feel fun and surprising. Should you ever find yourself asking what colors complement one another, my advice to you is to consult the color wheel. Seriously. You’d be surprised what you can get away with.

ADD STATEMENT JEWELRY

Try pairing unexpected jewelry with everyday attire. One of my favorite ways to revamp a look is by pairing one of my pairs of statement earrings with a simple T-shirt and my trusty denim skinnies.

Always invest in your bags and shoes. In doing so, you will get through the season and elevate the rest of your look. High-quality shoes and bags will last longer and give you a great bang for your buck.

When it comes to jewelry, though, it doesn’t always need to be real diamonds, rubies, and pearls. Good costume jewelry is always a great way to dress up your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Just remember, when you’re shopping for costume jewelry, you want to choose things that appear to be expensive – even when they’re not.

Steer clear from cloudy stones, anything that is discolored or chipped, or a finish that rubs off on your hands. Last, but not least, the heavier the metal, the better.

And there you have it! Should you find yourself wanting to pack up and throw away your entire wardrobe, I encourage you to take a deep breath and count to 10. If you’re not sure about trying all three of these accessorizing tricks at once, that’s O.K! Just try one for starters and when you’re comfortable you can try the others.

I hope these tricks will help you all have a new view on your closet. Happy accessorizing, friends!

Carly Gustafson is the Fashion e­ditor at Signature Magazine. She thinks accessorizing is the best part of getting dressed every day.

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