There’s nothing worse than being faced with a wardrobe full of clothes and feeling like you have absolutely nothing to wear. The answer isn’t jumping online and ordering a new outfit to arrive by lunchtime (although that can sometimes be fun) it’s about learning to accessorise or rework items in your wardrobe to give them a fresh new feel. And as I’m sure you’re a busy woman who needs to get out the door fast, here are some of my super quick styling tips to help you pull together a “new” outfit quicker than you can click add to cart. Your bank balance will certainly breathe a sigh of relief!
Choose a bold accessory
If my outfit is feeling a bit flat I find a great way to inject a bit more energy into it is by adding a bold accessory. For example I’ve often paired my Gucci Dionysus bag (above) with an otherwise subdued outfit and found it instantly made it feel modern and on-trend. You don’t always have to opt for a bag, you could also try a pair of eye-catching drop earrings or a layering a few necklaces (all faves of mine) to breathe some new like into an outfit you’ve worn time and again.
Roll it, tie it or cuff it
You can totally rejig an existing outfit with a few simple styling tweaks. For a tired pair of jeans try cuffing the bottom and pairing with a pair of bold flats or heels for a look that feels instantly fresher. You could try tying a button down shirt and pairing it with everything from a pair of shorts and skirt for an outfit that takes a classic look and makes it feel a little more undone. Or experiment with rolling your sleeves whether it be on a shirt, a dress or even a jacket to create an entirely new silhouette.
Add a touch of colour
Having fun with colour is one way to make an outfit feel new again. The best bit about this is that you can do it in so many different ways. You could work it into an outfit in a small way such as a pair of shoes in a standout shade. You could go all out and layer multiple hues of the same colour family like this, or choose one ultra bright colour to take centre stage such as the above look and keep the rest of your outfit a little more subdued to really let it pop.
Enlist the help of a scarf
I wrote about how scarves have become a favourite accessory of everyone from celebs to fashion and beauty bloggers late as they’re so versatile. You can fashion it into a headband, tie it around your neck or use it as a hair tie. Find one scarf in a vintage print and you’ll be able to revive many tired looks with it. Alternatively it also serves the extremely handy purpose of hiding dirty hair in a stylish way when you really can’t be bothered to wash it!
Polish your digits
It requires a bit more effort but painting your nails in a really bright colour can often make any outfit feel new. It also has the added benefit of giving you a more polished look overall. Give yourself a mani at the beginning of the week and watch it elevate your outfits for the next few days without you having to do anything at all.
Try a belt
You’ll be surprised at the sartorial power of a belt when it comes to reworking an existing look. An easy one is wearing a belt with an oversized buckle with jeans or a denim skirt for a look that plays into the current 90s trend. You could also try Olivia Palermo’s favourite styling trick of belting a jacket such as a blazer or coat.
What are some of your styling hacks for getting out of a wardrobe rut?
Eyelash curlers have been around for eons but they’re still seriously one of the best ways to get an amazing curl every single day. I’ve got one in my beauty kit and I can’t live without it and most makeup artists I’ve worked with always have one on hand.
If you’ve not yet used one I highly suggest you do! I know some people tend to avoid using them because a) they look like they’d be complicated to use and b) they look like they’d inflict some serious damage on your lashes if not in the right hands! However I can definitely confirm they’re neither. In fact, they’re super simple to operate. Promise.
For those who are going to venture into eyelash curler territory for the first time the first step is to open the curler and press down gently at the base of your eyelid where your lashes start and slowly “walk” it out along the length of your lashes just pressing down lightly as you go. This will give you a great curl and the effect really opens up your eyes. Whatever you do avoid just clamping down at the base as this can leave you with a harsh curl as opposed to a natural finish. Once done apply mascara liberally and you’re ready to go!
I’ve rounded up a few great eyelash curlers below (I use one by Shu Uemura, but there are plenty of great options out there) so you can get your curl on at home.
When was the last time you updated your makeup bag? It’s often one of the accessories that’s visible on a daily basis but is easily forgotten about. If you’re constantly trying to cram an extra eyeliner or lipstick in your makeup bag with great difficulty or it’s almost impossible to find what you’re looking for it might be the time to reconsider your current cosmetics case and ensure the one you have actually works for you. Getting organised can be be fun – there’s a makeup bag to suit every taste whether you’re after something classic and chic or bright and fun.
Find the ideal style for you below…
If your look is super polished then you’ll want a makeup bag to suit the rest of your wardrobe. You might consider splurging on a designer makeup bag for a truly luxe way to keep your cosmetics in check or alternatively a monogrammed option will always make a stylish statement.
There’s something quite lovely about a truly feminine makeup bag whether it be in a bright pink or with finishing touches such as bows and blooms.
Brighten up your dressing table or bathroom vanity with a makeup bag that has a presence. Whether it’s an unconventional print or a cheeky slogan, who says you can’t have fun while getting organised?
Lips! Daisies! Butterflies! There are plenty of great prints out there to ensure your makeup bag stands out from the crowd.
Embrace your inner hippie with lots of bohemian finishing touches such as embroidered prints and tassels. The perfect travel accessory when you’re heading off on a relaxing trip away.
I recently invited Beauticate.com into my home to give an insight into few of my beautify tips and tricks that never let me down. Beauticate.com is a new beauty website devoted to the “who’s” and the “how to’s” of beauty, founded by Sigourney Cantelo. Sigourney has worked as a Beauty journalist for 14 years and is presently Beauty & Health Director at Vogue Australia. Over the years, she has been awarded six Star Beauty Awards and four Jasmine Awards including the coveted Jasmine Award for Journalistic Excellence. I recently caught up with Sigourney to show her how I like to do a ‘quick smokey eye’ for a night out and how I ‘prep my skin for an event’. Watch the ‘how to video’s’ here…