Solve 2016's Outfit Dilemmas Before They Happen With These 45 Fashion Hacks
There's a reason we welcome a new year right as Winter really kicks off: we need that extra bit of motivation, in the form of a resolution, to take us out of our seasonal slump and give us an extra push. And while it's easy to let our inner lazy girl take hold as temperatures drop, we've currently got our eyes on the prize, vowing to make 2016 our most stylish year yet.
Ahead we've rounded up hacks and tips to keep us going, even as the celebrations die down and it's back to the daily grind. Read on for a few ideas, then bookmark this page for those days when you wonder if blankets could possibly pass as ponchos.
Find a New Way to Rock a Classic
Who knew a simple collared shirt could be so versatile? With the help of the wrap-and-tuck, your basics can find new life.
Just Add a Bandana
Is your outfit looking a little too . . . meh? Tie a bandana around your neck and instantly amp it up!
Pussy-Bow Ties Will Give You Some Feminine Flair
Buy a shirt with this sweet little detail or just make a bow with your skinny scarf.
Cuff Your Jeans
This little detail will change up your look and lengthen your legs.
Layer a Turtleneck Under Your Dress
This styling hack was spotted all over the Fall '15 runways and will keep you warm in chilly temps.
It's not as hard as you might think: just find two prints with similar color schemes, scales, or textiles and take the plunge. And when in doubt, treat leopard and polka dots as neutrals.
Put a Belt on It
Add one to a scarf or poncho to accentuate your waist.
Show Off Your Bra
But keep it classy! Just let a little bit of lace peek out from under your top or blazer to nail this blogger-loved trend.
Make Over-the-Knee Boots Work-Appropriate
The key is to keep your thigh as close to fully covered as possible.
Try an Elevated Groutfit
Or just a monochrome look. This is Kim Kardashian's chic style secret — and it works!
Find a Versatile Pair of Sneakers
Then wear them with everything, from dresses to jeans to tailored pants.
Buy a Pair of Flairs
If boyfriend jeans are your go-to, this transition should be easy. Look for a stretchy pair during your search and embrace this stylish — and supercomfy — '70s look.
Invest in More Classic Pieces
What's better than 100 $5 bags piling up in your closet? One classic staple that, yes, you splurged on, but pairs well with everything and will last you for years to come.
Wear a Suit or Tux to a Formal Event
Who says dresses and gowns are the only options? The stars do it and so can you.
Throw on a Furry Coat
It doesn't have to be yellow — brown, black, or cream work just as well! — but this form of outerwear will give your ensemble a bit more oomph and stand out in a sea of puffers.
Sell Your Old Clothes
This isn't a styling hack as much as it is a life hack. Once you clean out your closet, take your stuff to a local consignment shop. They'll offer you cash back for the pieces they keep and usually have a donation box nearby for the rest.
Trade in Ballet Flats For Brogues or Oxfords
Skip super simple and go with a pair of shoes that is a bit more statement-making. Our pick? A pair that's metallic; this way they'll go with a variety of different color schemes and act as a neutral.
Wear a Body Chain
Let it peek out from underneath a crop top, bikini, or a low-cut shirt.
Give Lampshading a Go
Long sweaters and over-the-knee boots are the two elements you need to nail this look. Everyone from Selena Gomez to Kylie Jenner is doing it!
Style Your Dress Over Tailored Pants
It'll give an old shift or shirtdress new life while keeping you warm through the Winter months.
Dress Up a Graphic T-Shirt
Add a leather or full skirt and heels, and this casual piece instantly works for a handful of different occasions.
Pay Attention to Detail
A little something furry, a cool print, a studded trim — these are what make items special. You can also add your own standout element with cuffs, jewels, and even creative layering.
Wear a Nonbasic All-Black Look
Just because it's a classic color scheme doesn't mean it can't be fun. Search for pieces with polka dots, furry trim, leather, or suede, and your all-black look will be far from boring.
Top Things Off With a Hat
Even everyday pieces like jeans and t-shirts can feel more fashion-forward with the addition of a wide-brimmed hat or slouchy beanie.
Revisit '90s Trends
Crop tops, chokers, backpacks — everything old is new again! We're definitely digging denim skirts, which are proving to be almost as versatile as a pair of jeans.
Don't Wait Long Before Washing Whites
Even if your pile of whites isn't exactly a large one, you won't want to wait to wash those pieces. The longer you do, the more time stains have to set and the harder it will be to remove them. Instead, wash white clothes after every wear — even if you don't think they're dirty. This will help keep them in tip-top shape.
Stack Your Rings
There really isn't any right or wrong way to do this — just layer 'em on! And don't worry about mixing metals, jewels, or ring type. It truly is the more the merrier.
Know When to Let Go
If your closet is stuffed passed capacity, go through each item while asking yourself one question: does it serve you? If the answer is no, it's time to say goodbye. However, if a piece still fits and flatters you but isn't quite on trend anymore, you might want to hold onto it. You never know — it just might be back in the mix this time next year!
Say What You Want With a Graphic T-Shirt or Sweater
Do you believe in coffee before everything? Are you the queen of naps? Do you love snacks? There's probably a shirt out there somewhere that says exactly what you love. Find one that makes you crack up, then rock it on the weekends. Just be sure to snap a pic and post it to Instagram!
Skip the Statement Necklace and Go With a Choker
While big baubles were it for a while, the choker has found its way back into our lives. From tattoo to lace to metal, the options are pretty much endless and will add some edge to even the sweetest ensemble.
Ditch Old and Worn-Out Pajamas
We know you love your old high school gym shirt, but there's something to be said for lounging in a matching plaid set, a lacy romper, or even a onesie. It'll make you feel a little less guilty as you binge-watch the day away and will help you channel your favorite fashion blogger.
Purchase a Sturdy Work Bag
You could try and stuff your laptop, makeup case, keys, and snack into your favorite tote, but why would you want to? Work totes have special compartments and padding to hold all of these things, and many are elevated enough to go from the office to happy hour.
Say Goodbye to the Lazy-Girl Fashion Trend
It's tempting to throw on a pair of joggers and a t-shirt and tell yourself it's "athleisure," but you'll risk coming across as sloppy rather than chic. Push yourself to be more polished — at least during the week — and you'll feel and look a lot better when you look back later on.
Trade in Black Tights For Something Colorful
Color doesn't always mean yellow or pastels. Sometimes, it's cranberry, navy, or gray. Swap out one neutral for another to give your look an unexpected twist that even stylist Brad Goreski approves of.
Take a Risk With an Orange Outfit
Orange isn't just for Halloween: Solange Knowles has mastered how to make this hue work year-round. Follow her lead and slowly embrace the bright color with a coat, t-shirt, or a pair of shoes.
Find a Flattering Pair of White Jeans
Thanks to Winter whites, these pants can be worn well after the Summer. Find a pair that suits your body type and get some good use out of these bottoms.
Master the Basics
Just because it's a basic doesn't mean it has to be . . . basic. A t-shirt, skinny black jeans, and heels are all closet staples, but when worn together, they create a model-off-duty kind of vibe.
Wear a Dress as a Vest
Just unzip or unbutton the front of your shirtdress and bam! You now have a sleeveless duster.
A quick trip to the craft store and you can easily make old pieces new again with the help of paint, iron-on letters, and beads. Plus, just like the dress as a vest, you can find new ways to wear what you have with a bit of creative styling. Think outside the box!
Search For Inspiration
Instagram, blogs, Tumblr — there are tons of sources out there for quick and easy outfit inspiration when you find yourself mid-dilemma. Even designers get their ideas from traveling and observing.
At this point, the naked dress has lost its shock factor and we're predicting modest style will soon be on the rise. Keep it classic, going with high necklines and longer lengths, and your outfit will never go out of style.
Swap Out Studs For Small Hoops
Oversize statement earrings and ear jackets feel tired at this point. Embrace another big trend from the '90s and try small, delicate hoops for a change.