Its no lie that we all have our favorite tops and lucky skirts, but after some time and a serious shopping drought, every outfit combo starts to look likes a major repeat. Perhaps that’s not so bad when going to class or seeing a movie, but picture this: Your camera is stowed in your purse, the weather’s warm, and it’s the evening before one of those nights you just know is going to be one for the books- facebook, in fact, until you log on and glance at your profile only to realize in silent horror that you’ve worn this very outfit before, and all of cyberspace has seen it.
So what do you do when its time for photos to be taken but you’ve got no new clothes to throw into the mix? Luckily there are some pretty quick, easy and inexpensive ways to tweak the old into looking brand new.
One savvy save is to throw on a pair of patterned stockings. These popular bad boys have been circulating as an alternative to the drab leggings and plain black tights that have plagued our poor legs for too long. There is an enormous range of styles from simple to intensely intricate available cheap at any department store as well as places like H&M and Urban Outfitters. Thanks to the loud patterns and tendency to grab attention, your outfit will look completely different if not fabulously refreshed when put together with a pair of these.
So, what if your wallet is as sad and pathetic as a deflated balloon? Then its DIY time for you! Plenty of online tutorials have been oozing out of every craft blog on the web, offering step-by-step instructions on how to alter the collars and pockets of your tops. This can be a quick an easy alteration, especially to a top you may have had for a while that could use a little embellishment. For those of you unwilling to pierce the sacred fabric of your blouses, this site shows you not only how to add onto a collar you already have, but how to construct one that is actually a necklace but appears to be attached to the shirt! This gives your outfit a whole new look without permanently altering any of your favorite pieces. (http://scraphacker.com/diy-collars/)
But maybe you’re the lazy type or you’ve just never trusted yourself around sharp objects like sewing needles and scissors. In that case, this last tip is right up your ally. Accessorize! It sounds simple and pretty obvious, I know, but it’s easy to forget what a few add-ons can do. Belts with big buckles, statement piece jewelry like chunky necklaces and thick wristlets, or long dangly earrings that just touch your shoulders are all great examples of distracting additions that can save the day. Pair any of these with a colorful side purse or a snazzy extra layer like a vest and your outfit will look better than ever and sure to show off your inner facebook fashionista without any worries of getting called out on a repeat.