A new season does not mean an entirely new wardrobe—especially when you’re on a budget! What Not to Wear’s Stacy London tells us about spring’s most-flattering styles. These simple strategies will help you update your look without spending a bundle.
Work with what you have in your closet by layering, accessorizing, mixing and matching. When you do buy new pieces, shop in outfits since you can always take off a layer when it warms up. Look for mid-weight, three-season fabrics. You get more bang for your buck with a capsule wardrobe.
Layering isn’t just about keeping you warm, it also adds visual interest. Try putting a long sleeve tee under a shorter sleeve version in neutral shades. This works best with fitted, semi-sheer cotton shirts. Cardigans are another way to add color and depth to an outfit. It’s a casual alternative to a jacket, pulling together an ensemble. “Almost every outfit looks more put together and tailored when you throw on a layer,” says Stacy.
Invest in a trench since it works year round. Give this classic coat a twist by pairing it with different accessories like scarves or boots. Tired of your basic black or beige? Colorful versions offer a fresh take on this timeless piece. A belted waistline creates an attractive silhouette.