5 Simple Ways to Totally Upgrade Your Style in the New Year

Everyone knows that a brand new year is the perfect time to switch up your style.

It's a fresh start with a clean slate, so no one will even think twice if you happen to roll up to your second semester with a totally new look. Of course, changing your signature style isn't always as easy as it sounds, especially if you don't have a big budget to work with.

Thankfully, changing up your look doesn't always require a major wardrobe overhaul. Keep scrolling for five simple ways to totally upgrade your style in the new year.

Accessorize

New accessories are the No. 1 way to switch up your style without having to invest in an entirely new wardrobe. With the right combination of pieces, a new statement necklace or a chunky bracelet can make your favorite old outfit look stylish and chic once again. Not only are they a cheaper buy than many new pieces of clothing, but they can also be worn with a variety of different outfits, creating an infinite amount of stylish new fashion possibilities.

Try Adventurous Makeup

Sometimes changing up your look isn't about your clothing at all. Just as accessories can add to an upgraded appearance, new makeup looks can also create a new signature style without injuring the balance of your bank account. Using products you already own, try embracing a few adventurous makeup techniques in the new year, like a bold lip color or a sultry smokey eye. You'll look fresh and fashionable, and you won't have to spend a single cent.

 

Layer

Sometimes upgrading your wardrobe isn't about buying new pieces, but instead about experimenting with the pieces you have. Before you head to the store, try combining some of the staples you already have in your closet for a chic and cozy look. Button-up shirts underneath sweaters, sweaters underneath dresses and different patterns layered together can create a totally fresh outfit with pieces you've been wearing forever. Plus, a little added layering will keep you warmer in the chilly winter months—it's a win-win.

Invest in Some Style Staples

Part of the struggle of staying fashionable is that trends are always changing. While you don't want to drop hundreds of a dollars on a new wardrobe that will be out of date in a few months, investing in a few style staples ensures that you have high-quality items that are always on-trend. Leather jackets, durable denim, basic tees and little black dress are all solid investment items that you can splurge on. The immediate hit to your bank account will be sad, but you'll be able to wear those items for years to come, adding a little class to your wardrobe and giving you high-quality pieces that will upgrade any look.

 

Buy Second-Hand

If you really think your new look demands a fresh wardrobe, there are still ways to invest in some new clothes and save yourself a little money. While buying secondhand clothes at a thrift shop often demands a little more focused attention, it can produce chic, high-quality items at incredibly reduced prices. Some thrift shops even let you sell your own clothing, giving yourself a bit of budget padding for any new items you want to buy. If you can't find a good shop in your area, online stores like ThredUp give you the whole thrift shop experience from the comfort of your couch. The clothes may not be brand new, but they're new to you and that's what matters.

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