7 Styling Tricks to Upgrade and Change the Silhouette of Your Favorite Pieces
There's no arguing that a few little changes here and there can completely change the feel and look of classic fashion ensembles. So, if you are looking to freshen up your wardrobe and personal style, you don't necessarily have to buy a lot of new pieces. Different approaches will do for a fashion upgrade. Provided below are tried, and true styling tricks to that will do just that.
1. Switch leather belts with metal counterparts.
This super simple styling tip is one that all women can pull off for any favorite fashion look that needs cinching around the waist. The change in the material doesn't necessarily alter the silhouette but can greatly impact the appeal of the outfit. Especially now that high-gloss or shine is the current trend.
What's nicer about this switch is replacing a leather belt with a metal one is a fantastic way to instantly make your look more expensive and chic and even a little retro.
How-to: Wear a classic T-shirt with high-waisted jeans accessorized with a gold (gold is better for statement) chain belt, a streetwear chic denim vest, and vinyl high-heel boots for an '80s-inspired get-up.
2. Replace your fitted and structured blazers with your boyfriend's suit jacket.
It's all about oversized layering these days. So, instead of opting for the usual fitted and structured blazers or jackets to complete your office and smart-casual ensembles, start borrowing and using your boyfriend's or husband's suit jackets. The longer, and looser fit, along with the Miami Vice pushed up sleeves is the perfect silhouette for this season.
How-to: Wear a classic white silk blouse with a metallic electric pleated skirt, a men's double-breasted suit jacket, and stiletto heels - all these components make for a high-fashion professional attire.
3. Wear an open kimono dress with tight dresses.
Kimono dresses have become staple pieces in women's wardrobes over the years. They are fashionable versatile and are the cooler alternatives to trench coats if you are from a tropical or warm climate.
As mentioned earlier, loose silhouettes are highly preferred this season. Therefore, an open kimono dress is an ideal piece to wear for layering, and the longer, the better, especially as a topper for tight dresses.
How-to: Wear an ankle-length kimono dress over a fitted, turtleneck dress - it does not matter if it's a mini, midi, or maxi. And to make the ensemble more "street," don sunglasses, a hat, and high-heels.
4. Pop up the collar of your blouses and jackets.
Popped up collars are back, especially with today's retro fashion sensibilities. This little tweak that you can make to most of your crisp blouses and denim jackets can automatically elevate your look.
There's really nothing much to this styling trick other than perhaps providing your shirt collar with a bit of support by ironing it in a way that it'll stay up easily.
How-to: Take a cue from Gal Gadot's outfits for the new Wonder Woman movie. Hike up the back of the collar of your blouse and keep the neckline wide on top by undoing the top two or three buttons.
5. Go for loose bottoms.
Although skinny jeans remain popular, more relaxed and loosely fitted, and somewhat masculine trousers are considered more fashionable nowadays. They offer more styling options and overall look more sophisticated.
Yet again, you can wear any of your favorite tops (white T-shirt, black turtleneck, casual pullovers, tank tops, and feminine blouses) with these bottoms. Just make sure to secure the waist with a belt, especially if you have decided to get such pants from your husband's or boyfriend's closet.
How-to: To give these loose and masculine pants a more feminine flair, fold them to form a skinny cuff that falls right above the ankles. And, wear high-heels to elongate your legs and even out the proportions of your trousers.
6. Loosen the neckline of your wrap-around dress.
Another women's wardrobe staple is a wrap-around dress. Typically, you make sure to tie it snug around your body to keep it in place. But, to make it more high-fashion, try not tying it too tightly to alter the neckline.
A looser neckline can turn the dress from work-appropriate to holiday resort-ready. The only issue with this styling strategy is keeping the neckline secure. Top stylists say that you have two options to prevent unwanted extra exposure: one is to spray your skin with a bit of tight-hold hairspray and by using double-sided tape.
How-to: Simple - don't tie the strings too tightly because those strings are fully responsible for the dress's silhouette. If this, however, also changes the fit of the skirt of the dress, use a safety pin to secure the flaps of the skirt and avoid creating a thigh-high slit.
7. Create an asymmetrical neckline with a brooch.
For all those deep round-necked stretchy tops in your closet, you can make them a bit more glamorous by wearing a brooch. But, instead of just attaching the decorative pin as an accessory to your shirt, use it to change your shirt's neckline shape ala Karen Walker in Will & Grace.
How-to: Set the brooch a little lower on the side of your top. Then, slip the pin through the fabric of your shirt like a running stitch toward the neckline. This will create a ruched detail on the shirt while slightly dragging low to one side for an asymmetrical neckline.
If your shirt is made of a thicker and more stretch-resistant fabric, you can add a few more pins to cluster around your main brooch. Doing this will make it look like the top is truly designed with an interesting neckline.
Indeed, there are endless possibilities for styling the favorite classic pieces in your wardrobe. You just have to experiment with different looks and work more with the accessories you have in your style arsenal. Perhaps even change the way you do your makeup because makeup trends can be quite a game-changer. You'd be surprised by how these creative little changes can do so much in elevating your outfits.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs for Finchitua today. With her unique style standpoint, she served the VIP Color Forecast Panel 2017 for Al Jazeera Paints Company and VIP Color Forecast Panel 2019 for Asian Paints Berger. Ms. Mudessir is a shortlisted nominee for the prestigious Fashion Scout London 2018.