How to Elevate Your Wardrobe

Tired of your closet? Sick of rotating between the same few staple outfits? We’ve all been there. These simple tips will help you upgrade your wardrobe and elevate your personal style effortlessly.

Out with the Old, In with the New

With many of us spending more time at home this year (thanks, 2020), there’s no better time to do a major closet purge than now! We can all be guilty of holding onto clothing items or accessories that spend more time in our closet than on our bodies which is exactly why it’s so important we finally let them go.

In fact, it’s actually been said that most people only wear 20% of their clothes a majority of the time. This means less closet space for items you’re really into! Let go of those pieces that aren’t serving you anymore to make room for things that will elevate your look. Plus, you could even make some money selling your old clothing and accessories online. Talk about a win-win.  

It’s All in the Details 

The easiest way to elevate your style is by accessorizing. Even if you’re rocking a simple outfit, adding a few key accessories such as scarves, jewelry, handbags, and sunglasses can really take it up a notch.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re accessorizing:

Don’t wear more than 3-4 large accessories. An overload of accessorizing can actually take away from the look and that’s the last thing we want.

Step out of the box and mix colors/metals. Remember, fashion is meant to be fun and expressive so wear what you like and feel comfortable in!

Consider what your plans for the day are. Many accessories such as handbags and sunglasses serve a purpose as well as make a fashion statement. For example, if you’ll be doing a lot of walking that day, opt for a cross body purse instead of a shoulder bag. It’s all about function and fashion!

You don’t always have to match your accessories to your outfits. Being matchy matchy is a thing of the past which means that you can mix prints, colors, and fabrics and still look chic!

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Invest Wisely

When people think about improving their closet, many think of investing in a pricey designer piece. And while it isn’t a necessarily bad idea, it’s important to keep in mind what your personal value of this piece may be. For example, if you are looking at a pair of $600 heels but can’t picture at least 5-10 outfits you’d wear with them, it’s probably a good idea to rethink your purchase.

When investing in your wardrobe, start off with basic items that you can get a lot of use out of. Think minimalistic bags, shoes, or sunnies in neutral tones that will match with any print, fabric, or outfit in your closet. Once you have those staple pieces in your collection, then you can branch out and splurge on those eye-catching items that you may not wear as often.

Find Your Own Style

In this age of social media and fashion influencers, it can be easy to lose sight of your own personal style in favor for trends and popular looks. Keep in mind that your closet should be a reflection of you and your personality. After all, your clothes are one of the first things someone notices about you.

Don’t force yourself to wear something just because it’s trendy. And don’t be afraid to wear something that you like even if it is considered “out of style.” Your wardrobe should make you feel confident and comfortable so don’t worry about what anyone else thinks!  


Fashion is an art and just like with painting, sculpting, or any other form of art, you shouldn’t shy away from experimenting! Play around with different colors, fabrics, prints, and silhouettes to find pieces that work for you and your lifestyle. The only way you’ll really learn what you like is by trying new things. Even if you make mistakes or end up wearing something that doesn’t suit you, who cares! At least you can have a laugh at yourself a few years down the line.

Layer, Layer, Layer 

Learning the art of layering is key when trying to step up your looks. It’s also a way for you to get more wear out of items you may not gravitate towards as often. Try wearing a hoodie underneath a blazer, your leather jacket over a sundress, or a jean jacket over a chunky sweater. The options are truly endless when it comes to layering, which means more outfit combinations for you to try out!

Take Care of Your Closet 

It’s super important to take good care of your wardrobe—especially if you’ve invested good money into it. At the end of the day, a wrinkly Burberry trench coat is still wrinkly!

Here’s a checklist to make sure your closet is in check: 

Iron or steam wrinkly clothing before wearing them. If you’re crunched for time, hang the items in the bathroom with you while you shower so the steam can reduce some of those wrinkles. 

Find a good tailor. This is especially important if you’re buying investment clothing items. Clothing that fits your body is more flattering and will make you feel more confident wearing it.

Storage is important. Keep your purses stuffed with tissue in dustbags, don’t overstuff your closet so clothing gets super wrinkled, don’t hang sweaters to avoid stretched out shoulders… the list can go on.

All in all, fashion should be fun and not a chore so keep that in mind next time you go shopping to elevate your look!  

Author: Keeley M.