How to Look 20 Times Better This Winter Without Spending Anything

If you're feeling the pinch, and it's only the start of the month, we've got your back. Maybe you've run out of dosh to get your autumn and winter wardrobe aligned as quickly as you'd like. If so, then have we got news for you. We've scoured the streets to bring you a selection of new-season styling tricks that are 100% free.

The zero-cost element of these ensemble tweaks is based on the concept that you own some fairly standard basics like T-shirts and socks, and you don't mind putting in about 60 seconds or so to get involved. The result is that you'll look instantly updated, so it doesn't sound too much of an exertion, right? It's not about excessively complex layering, DIY'ing or even getting that creative at all—just a few subtle switches between a summer outfit and an autumn one that will provide the updates you've been wishing for.

So without further ado, let's look to the chic women of the street style world to see their free styling tips for the upcoming seasons.

Layer a White Tee Under Everything

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: Alexa Chung gets some extra mileage out of this summer wrap dress with the simple addition of a white tee. We like how it matches the boots.

There is always something pleasurable about buying a white tee.

And Take It to the Next Level With Socks

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: You can also layer a white tee under a summer shirt for a little warmth—then go the whole hog and pair pop socks or socks with your closed-toe autumnal shoes.

Layer Necklaces Over Shirt Collars

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: Pull that clunky gold chain necklace out of hiding, and wear it boldly over a button-down or roll-neck for maximum exposure.

Then Ditch One Earring

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: It's the jewellery trend that continues to loom large on the streets and the runway—simply embrace the idea of losing one earring, and make a statement out of it.

Knot Supersize Shirts Into Place

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: Jumbo shirts were a key player throughout the hot weather, but give yours a fresh spin with a front knot like this.

When in doubt, wear blue shirting.

Belt a Shirt So It Becomes a Shacket

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Style Snooper Dan

Style Notes: When you just aren't ready to wear a jacket or coat yet, this is your transitional saviour.

Tie Excess Layers Around Your Waist to Add Interest

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Style Snooper Dan

Style Notes: Like picking peplum for the athleisure lover, simply knotting a sweatshirt around your waist can add a casual lilt to tailoring any day.

Cashmere: It's all we desire in these dark months.

Knot All Scarves Backwards

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Style Snooper Dan

Style Notes: Yes, this works beautifully in the summer with bare skin, but add over a roll-neck and see your fashion cred jump up a few notches.

A ponytail helps show off your scarf skills.

And If You Don't Have a Scarf, Use Ribbon Instead

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Style Snooper Dan

Style Notes: How elegant does this look with hair tucked in and a giant bow at the back?

With five metres, you can fashion a new ribbon idea every day.

Wear Summer Dresses Over (and Half-Tucked Into) Jeans

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: The way Sofía Sanchez de Betak has semi-tucked this lightweight dress into jeans stops the layering trick from looking too bulky.

This particular style is selling out—fast.

Swap Belts for a Trusty Skinny Scarf

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Style Notes: Add some '70s rock vibes when you're wearing a graphic tee, and loop a skinny scarf through your jeans' waistband.