31 Styling Hacks For Every Day of the Month
We're resolving to make 2015 our most stylish year ever, and we want you to join us. For 31 straight days, we're challenging you to embrace a new fashion trick every day using clothes you already have. It may be as simple as adding a belt or a hat, while some days might just push you out of your comfort zone with bold colors or (gasp!) sweatshirts at the office. Are you up for it?
Click through to see the hacks we've come up with, and start planning your outfits for the month. Then join us here every day for your styling mission and check out our Instagram page to see how we're styling ourselves. Most importantly, share your own photos with the hashtag #stylinghacks on Instagram to show us all of your awesome looks in action. And, if by all means if you're in the mood to shop some new items, we have those, too! Cheers to a very stylish new year.
Top It Off With a Hat
Whether you opt for a cap, a fedora, or a floppy boho style, a hat might just be the easiest way to make more of a statement with your style. So top off today's outfit with a hat you keep meaning to wear.
Wear Your Shirt Under a Dress
You can instantly make a strapless dress daytime — even workplace — appropriate by layering a t-shirt, turtleneck, or button-down underneath.
Mix Up Your Prints
Liven up your look with bold patterns — and don't worry if they don't "go together." Just keep them in the same color family and have fun with geometric shapes, floral prints, polka dots, you name it!
Dare to Wear Daytime Metallics
Turn heads all day long when you add a flash of silver or gold to your daytime look. Sure, it's unexpected, but it works in more casual silhouettes (read: no microminis or tube tops) and looks great on heels or oxfords.
Add Stylish Sneakers to a Dress
What's easier than this? Transform any dress in your closet with cool, laid-back kicks for a look that's more sporty than girlie.
Belt Your Scarf
Inject a little pattern or texture and define your waist all at once; layer a cool scarf over your ensemble and cinch it to breathe new life into your tired looks.
Try a Dress or Skirt Over Pants
These aren't the dresses over pants we sported in the early 2000s. This time around, the layered look is sleek and subtle. Add a tunic over pants at the office or try a floaty chiffon dress over leather pants for a night out. Let your imagination run wild with cool combinations to mix things up.
Leave Your Basic Black at Home
Ditch your wardrobe rut and liven up your look with bold, notice-me color. Challenge yourself to wear as little black as possible today.
Add a Little (or a Lot of) Leopard
We're fierce leopard-print fanatics, but if you're just testing the waters, inject a little bit of the wild print on your shoes or a clutch. If you're feeling bold, reach for a leopard coat or dress and watch the compliments roll in.
Style a Feminine Full Skirt For Winter
Ground a feminine full skirt with the right layers to take it right into Winter.
Embrace Winter Whites
White after Labor Day is always allowed — just keep it seasonal in warmer fabrics. Try topping white jeans with a cozy sweater to ease into it, or style your LWs with tights and booties.
Layer Your Rings
Make your accessories the main show by stacking your rings. Even in jeans and a basic t-shirt, your outfit will hardly be basic.
Try the High-Fashion Hair Tuck
Nothing says "fashion girl" more than the hair tuck. Let your jacket or sweater help style your hair; it might just be the quickest way to get chic.
Pull On Colored or Printed Tights
Tights might be a Winter necessity, but there's no reason why you shouldn't have more fun with them. Try wearing a bright color or patterned pair today.
Try Tights + Shorts
We always rely on our skirts and tights, but rarely reach for shorts to layer with our tights. Why not? Especially when Olivia makes them look so chic.
Experiment With Over-the-Knee Boots
Don't be scared — everyone can wear over-the-knee boots. Now, find your style and get ready to step out with confidence.
Work Some Leather Into Your Look
It doesn't take much, but even a little leather can go a long way to making your look feel cooler. And yes, you can totally wear it to the office, too.
Reinvent Your Denim on Denim
Denim on denim isn't new, but you totally can make it feel new again with a snazzy pair of heels, a bright statement necklace, or a cool sweater layered on top.
Test Your Colorblocking Skills
No need to reach for grays and blacks just because it's the middle of Winter. Look for complementary colors and go bold with a colorblock outfit.
Create a Matchy-Matchy Look
Matching sets are having a moment, which means it's time to get in on the fun. Show a little skin with a crop top and coordinating skirt, or add a matching top to a pair of trousers to channel the trend.
Try a Crop Top in Winter
Crop tops can be Winter appropriate. Just keep the look more cozy than Coachella with heavier fabrics, a coat layered up top, or a tee layered underneath.
Borrow From the Boys
Channel your sharper style with pieces that look as if you've stolen them right from his closet. Test-drive a blazer, a smart suit, brogues, or an oversize button-down to get you started.
Bring Back the Turtleneck
Embrace the turtleneck comeback. If it feels too stuffy, mix it up with cool layers or add sexy heels to give it a little edge.
Transform Your Dress Into a Skirt With a Top
We love this trick! Give a dress a whole new feel simply by adding a sweater or shirt to top it off.
Layer Something Unexpected
Why not double up on shirts or try a vest? Experimenting with layers can give something as basic as a button-down a fashion-forward feel.
Put a Belt on It
Transform bulky outerwear or define the waist on a billowy top with a belt! Anything goes as long as it's belted. Simple, right?
Wear Your Sweatshirt to Work
Sweatshirts aren't just for the gym. Add them to more polished pieces and stroll right into the office, we dare you!
Style Navy and Black Together
We've told you you can wear navy and black together, but now we're challenging you to do it!
Play With Texture
Whether it's a fuzzy coat, a fringed sweater, or a pair of calf-hair booties, playing with texture might just be the most interesting thing you do to your outfit.
Work a Classic Button-Down
Classic doesn't mean boring: give your sexier pieces a little more sophistication just by adding this wardrobe staple.
Wear Your Pajamas All Day
You might still have to get out of bed and leave the house, but when you do, a pajama top or silky PJ bottoms can look just as pulled-together as "real clothes" with the right accessories — read: no slippers please.