5 Ways To Create New Outfits Without A Hefty Price Tag

One of the best parts about the winter months is the figure forgiving properties of most clothing. Instead of having to wonder if something requires Spanx or not, you can simply add another layer to your outfit and voila! – slightly toastier and completely comfortable.

February weather can be tricky- warming up, but not quite warm yet. It’s a perfect time to take a good hard look at what you already have in your closet and figure out how to mix and match (or add only one or two new pieces) for a completely updated look.


Forgive me if I have a hard time containing my glee, (and at the risk of repeating myself) but ladylike scarves are going to be big this spring. Wear a hot pink chiffon scarf, or retro pattern to make even the usual layers look brighter and ready for spring. If it’s still chilly where you are, try for a knitinfinity scarf for an added bit of warmth.

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Instead of layering on yet another sweater, try for a buttoned down (buttoned up?) version instead. Polka dots always make things look more spring-like. Not sure if your closet can take yet another new cardi? Update the ones you already have with iron on or sew on patches at the elbows, upper arms (varsity style) or on pockets.

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This one is tricky. Some women love vests while others think it’s only one step up from light blue frosted eye shadow on the style ladder. And since vests come in and out of style seasonally, it can be hard to know when you’re of the moment and when you’re reliving your own Saturday Night Fever moment. If you’re a fan, try wearing a longer vest over a cotton turtleneck or crew neck for a quirky every day look. Silk is also a great option because it adds a bit of warmth without bulk.

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If you’re bored silly of your longer tunics and sweaters, try wearing a patterned pair of leggings underneath instead of your basic black or neutrals. If worn with knee high boots, you’ll flash only the slightest amount of pattern or color and end up giving the effect of being a lot more daring than you are- while breathing new life into your sweater/pants combo.

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Though I’m long out of middle school, I find myself enraptured with all of the cute socks, tights and even opaque stockings out there. Take basic black, add a pair of stripey or crocheted over the knee socks and boom- instant update. Tired of tights? Wear a pair of brightly colored fishnets or lace tights on top of your usual opaques for a colorful and textured update.

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Rachel C. Weingarten is a former celebrity makeup artist and noted style and trends expert. She’s also the author of three nonfiction books. The trade version of “Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year” is available now.

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