Five Ways to Refresh Your Style in 2016
Are you stuck in a bit of a style rut? Do you find yourself choosing clothes and shoes for their practical and comfort qualities, rather than because you like how they make you look? Maybe you have had the same hairstyle for years, or you have been wearing your makeup the same way since your teens. Perhaps you have lost interest in your looks altogether lately, and feel homely and frumpy. Or your body has changed, and your old style just doesn’t work for you anymore. Whatever your reason, January is a time for new beginnings, so why not make 2016 the year you update and upgrade your everyday style?
You don’t have to make huge changes to get a new look that will feel fresh and fun, boost your confidence, and make the people you know notice the difference. Here are five simple ways to get a style refresh for 2016:
A very easy way to change your whole look is to switch to a different kind of shoe. Jeans with sexy heels and a cute top have a completely different effect to jeans with sneakers and a baggy sweater. You can instantly look smarter whatever you are wearing by ditching ‘comfy’ shoes, but this doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. If heels are not for you, try replacing your sneakers with ballet pumps, or boots with a low or chunky heel that will be easy to walk in. Your footwear has a greater effect on your overall outfit than you might think, so this can also be a good place to add some color if you feel you are wearing too much black or too many washed out, boring shades.
Jewelry, Belts and Scarves
Have you ever noticed how some people, even when they are dressed very casually or in plain office style clothes, just seem to look better ‘put together’? This is usually due to accessories. If you usually think your outfit is complete when your body is covered in all the necessary places, a very simple way to look more stylish is to keep on getting ready after you have put on your clothes! Adding scarves, belts, gloves, hats, sunglasses, and whatever else decorates your outfit nicely can make any clothing look more like a well thought out, tasteful outfit. Jewelry is also a great way to look more finished, so begin building a collection that includes funky, interesting pieces for daytime and pretty, glamorous jewelry for evening!
Change Your Makeup
Makeup may already be part of your everyday look, or may be something you hardly ever wear. It is the fastest way by far to not only correct anything you don’t like about your face, like skin imperfections or even the shape of your eyes, but also to add color. Try an in-store makeover at a department store make up counter, check out tutorials online, and practice. Learning new and better make up techniques will allow you to try out new looks, and also get you able to do make up looks you love fast. This means you can wear a beautiful look every day without spending hours of your time getting ready!
Changing your glasses, switching them out for contact lenses, or even starting to wear glasses when you don’t usually can be a good way to get a new look people with notice in a flash. If you only wear glasses for things like reading or driving, investing in a pair you really like and wearing them more often can be a great way to change your everyday look. Equally, if you have always been thought of as a person with glasses, moving to contact lenses can make you look like a whole new person! Even a change of frame shape or color can have a big impact and give your look a lift!
You may not want to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, especially in January when money tends to be tight after the holidays. However, if you make a conscious choice to change your style, for instance to wear jeans less often, to move toward a smarter look, or to wear more color, then think about this before you do any January sales shopping you might have had planned. Even a few pieces, if they are versatile enough, can be enough to transform your standard look, with coats being one of the best options because they can be worn with everything you own!
Making an effort to update your style is a great way to feel more confident, get more attention, and start your 2016 with a bang!