Tight on Cash? 15 Free Ways to Refresh Your Look Now

Being in a wardrobe rut is no fun, especially when you want a fresh, exciting look for the upcoming new year. But when you can’t afford to splurge on a new dress or pair of shoes, just take a deeper look in your own closet. You’ll be surprised to find out that with a few simple tricks, you can totally revive your look.

Keep reading for our tips on how to refresh your look for free.

Throw Your Jacket Over Your Shoulders

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Heavy winter coats and jackets tend to cover up the outfit you worked so hard to put together. Instead, try this trick and simply drape your cover-up over your shoulders so you can stay warm and show off your look.

Mix and Match Your Best Pieces

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If you have a few favourites in your closet that you always seem to gravitate to separately, but have never worn together, try it out. You never know when you’ll find a new combination you love.

Take Advantage of Your Accessories

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This might be an obvious one, but it’s often easy to forget what a difference a cool necklace or pair of earrings can make.

Find a Style Icon to Gather Inspiration From

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We’re not saying to copy someone’s look entirely, but sometimes when you’re in a style rut, finding inspiration from a maverick will encourage you to mix pieces from your wardrobe that you wouldn’t have put together on your own.

Tuck Your Hair Into Your Top/Scarf

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Unless you already have shorter hair, tucking your hair into your top (this works especially well if it’s a turtleneck!) or scarf creates a new look by giving the illusion that you have shorter hair. That lob you’ve been wanting to try doesn’t have to be so permanent after all!

Wear a Purse Over Your Coat

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We’ve spotted street style stars experimenting with this trick lately. All you have to do is make sure your bag’s on the smaller side and wear it as a cross-body, placing it in the center of your body rather than on the side. It’s a fun way to show off your best carrier.

Mix Prints & Textures

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Nothing looks more fashionable than a girl who knows how to perfect an intriguing mix of prints and textures. This gives your look an instant editorial vibe.

Go for a Head-To-Toe Colour Ensemble

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A monochrome look is sleek, streamlined, and chic, especially when done in white, black, or grey.

Cuff Your Jeans

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Before you leave the house, cuff your jeans either slightly or with a few rolls. We love this Jenna Lyons-inspired look.

Embrace Your Basics

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Adam Katz Sinding for Le 21ème

If you have a leather skirt or other leather item that feels too dressy to wear on an everyday basis, pair it with a basic piece, like a t-shirt or knit turtleneck, and you’re set to wear it to a casual event.

DIY Distress Your Jeans

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There are so many tutorials on how to distress your own jeans. If you have the sudden urge to buy a new pair, check your closet first to see if there are any you own that you don’t mind experimenting on.

Tuck in Your Shirt

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A simple shirt tuck gives you a more polished vibe. It can be a sloppy tuck for a more carefree look, or a neat tuck that’s more severe—either way, it’ll elevate your ensemble.

Hold Your Smaller Bag Like a Clutch and Let the Strap Hang

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Adam Katz Sinding for Le 21ème

Another seriously cool look is to hold your smaller bag like a clutch and let the strap hang down. It’s an unexpected way to hold your carrier, which will help make it feel brand new again.

Mix Dressier Pieces With Casual Items

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Stockholm Streetstyle

Beaded tops and denim? A match made in heaven. Sneakers teamed with a tulle skirt? Go for it!

No need to make sure your socks are perfectly hidden. Exposing them—especially if you’re wearing a fun, printed pair—adds a playful element to your look. The trick works with skirts, dresses, shorter pants, and even over tights.

Have you ever felt that your look needed a refresh? Let us know in the comments below!