It’s fall, which means I’m itching to buy some cute new stuff. And my 401K has taken a major hit, which means I’m a little strapped for cash. So what’s a fashion addict like me to do?
How about an affordable wardrobe makeover? I followed a few tips from my favorite designers this weekend as I cleaned out my closet (ahead of a Swapping Party) and now I’m loving what I have even more.
Tip #1: Borrow From the Boys
A lean, well-cut blazer can take you from the office into the evening, and will quickly become one of your go-to pieces. Remember, a close fitting style is much more flattering than a baggier one. And if you combine it with a frilly blouse, pencil skirt and peep toe shoes, the tension between the feminine and the masculine is about as sexy as you can get.
Tip #2: Brighten Up
If you’re like me, your closet is a palette of staples: black, white and nudes. Mixing an occasional pop of color into your wardrobe quite literally brightens up your MO. Find a silky blouse or luxurious sweater in this fall’s rich purple tones and see what it does to your routine.
Tip #3: Find the Perfect Fit
Forget what’s trendy and stick to the styles and silhouettes that flatter your body. It’s ok to mix in a piece here and there that you know will only be around for a season, but don’t make the mistake of counting them as part of our wardrobe foundation. Wandering what that should be? Check out Tim Gunn’s 10 Essential Elements. After five seasons of watching the fashion guru on Project Runway, I trust him completely!