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Tricks to broaden your wardrobe

Wear darker shades under lighter ones for a slimming effect.

Wardrobes can get boring when you’ve worn through them a few times. Try these tips for mixing and matching to help liven up your wardrobe:

Patterns
It’s OK to have a lot going on with an outfit pattern-wise. Try to stick to wearing various shades of one color palette so everything works together. Pair a patterned light gray shirt with a darker shade chunky cable knit sweater and the two balance each other out. It also helps to have one solid-colored piece to ground an outfit full of patterns. Add your favorite pair of solid gray trousers and some leather shoes to complete the outfit.

Bold colors can help to pull a pattern-heavy outfit together. Pick a color that is part of your patterns and wear a non-patterned piece of clothing in that particular hue. Maybe you have a tweed blazer with a hint of magenta in it. Pair the blazer with a solid-colored magenta shirt underneath and a skirt that has a hint of pink as well. The bold solid item will pull together the other pattens.

Shades
Wear darker shades under lighter ones for a slimming effect. Try a navy cardigan under a light gray jacket with a black or dark red pencil skirt. The skirt will allow the layers up top to lie flat, adding to the thinning effect. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors.

Wear darker shades under lighter ones for a slimming effect.

Textures
Especially as the weather gets colder, don’t forget to include your coat when considering your outfit. Try a mixed-material jacket to add some unexpected texture to your chic going-out outfit. If you tend to wear a wool peacoat to every occasion, mix it up with the leather jacket that’s hidden in your closet because you’re not sure it’s business appropriate. The unexpected texture will add some excitement to your look and your day.

Especially as the weather gets colder, don't forget to include your coat when considering your outfit. Try a mixed-material jacket to add some unexpected texture to your chic going-out outfit.

Weights
Summer clothing doesn’t need to be put away for the season so long as it is worn with warmer layers on top. That trenchcoat you bought for quick summer rains is easily transitioned to winterwear with the addition of a thick cardigan and a scarf. Those ballet flats that were on sale at the end of the season can be worn into the winter so long as you wear weather-appropriate shoes for the commute. Snowy frozen ankles are not a fun way to start the day.

Remember, just because you haven’t tried that cardigan with a fun print or those burgundy jeans with that top doesn’t mean you can’t give it a go! Spend some time rearranging your perceptions of what items in your closet work together and what don’t. If you’re still not sure, take a quick photo and send it to a friend to get their take on your new ensemble.

Summer clothing doesn't need to be put away for the season so long as it is worn with warmer layers on top.

Share with us the tricks you use to broaden your wardrobe in the comments below! 

10 thoughts on “Tricks to broaden your wardrobe

  1. I like the use of contrasting colors. Colorblocking is really in right now and flattering.

  2. These are very nice lovely outfits

  3. Great tips on transitioning pieces from summer to fall. I love my ballet flats all year.

  4. I love being able to duo-purpose items. It makes it seem like I have more clothes!

  5. I love the part about using textures. Thanks for posting!!

  6. I agree fully with use of Textures! I am big on textures and also unique necklines and patterns. Especially solid color items with a boarder color or texture! Its all in the details!

  7. Thank you so much for the Great Ideas, I do feel like after just a few wears, even the piece I just had to have starts to get boring. So I will be using these ideas frequently.

  8. Adding patterns can be so challenging. Thanks for the tips on doing it gradually. Never thought about texture but wow – so important

  9. I agree that coats can make or break a outfit, it is so funny to me when i see someone dressed all cute but in a sloppy or dirty old coat. It is horrible my sister the other day was wearing these cute jeans and boots and top then had on a old hoody that was like 3 times to large and horrible!! It was snowy and she said she was cold I said wear a coat. There are lot’s of ways to make a coat look so cute!!! Thanks for all the great tips they are great!!

  10. I love these ideas! Great outfits!

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