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6 Tiny Ways to Upgrade Your Outfit, as Seen on The Bold Type

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I can barely see the bottom of my closet, and yet I often feel like I have nothing to wear. Either I’ve worn the same striped shirt three times in one week, or I’m just not feeling that dress anymore.

It’s easy to get sick of your wardrobe and want to start over. It doesn’t matter how much (or how little) you’ve spent on your clothes; after awhile, everything starts to feel outdated or unoriginal. But you don’t have to break the bank trying to replace everything. There are simple ways that you can stay on top of the latest fashion trends and jazz up your look without spending a dime.

Take a cue from the ladies on The Bold Type, who always spice up their look with well-planned clothing pieces and minimal accessories. Here’s how you can use accessories, shoes and bags to transform your closet. Chances are you already own most of these items!

1. Dress up a casual tee and jeans with a funky printed jacket.

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The Bold Type Instagram/Freeform

All you need in life is a pair of jeans, a basic tee, sneaks and you’re GOOD. You don’t have to add a lot to your outfit to transform your look. Switch things up by rocking a patterned jacket that’s comfy AND colorful.

2. You don’t always have to wear huge jewelry pieces to make a statement.

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The Bold Type Instagram/Freeform

A statement piece can come in the form of a colorful clutch, a cute headband or simple rings. Add something small but eye-catching and boom! Instant game changer.

3. Give a modern take on the LBD.

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The Bold Type Instagram/Freeform

Fashion lovers know that the little black dress is queen. Instead of the traditional look, rock an all-black outfit that is just as fierce. You can finally put that faux leather skirt you bought on a whim last year to use!

4. A little makeup can go a long way.

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The Bold Type Instagram/Freeform

Whether you’re a fan of the no-makeup makeup look or prefer your eyeshadow loud and proud, you can elevate your outfit by rocking your favorite makeup products.

5. Pair a printed shirt with bright pants.

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The Bold Type Instagram/Freeform

Tackle the popular color block trend by wearing a patterned tee or blouse with your brightest pants.

6. Rock a pair of cute shades.

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The Bold Type Instagram/Freeform

Show off your eye for details with seriously cool sunglasses. Bestie optional.






40 responses to “6 Tiny Ways to Upgrade Your Outfit, as Seen on The Bold Type”

  1. A World to Travel ✈ (@aworldtotravel1) Avatar

    great article!
    Thanks so much for putting it together.
    #6 is everything.
    Shades dress you up immediately haha especially when you haven’t got so much sleep.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      #6 is definitely my favorite move!

  2. nattsjourneyblog Avatar

    Great post with plenty of ideas to jazz up that outfit. Shades and funky glasses are a must!

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I love a good pair of shades 🙂

  3. Ana De-Jesus Avatar

    A pair of sunnies can elevate any look and for me I like cat eye type sunnies the best especially when the lenses are polarized. Love the idea of modern LBD as well!

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Yesss I love polarized, reflective shades esp. when they’re cat eye shaped! I think they instantly boost any outfit 😀

  4. Familyearthtrek Avatar

    I am quite simple so I would go with the first one. Something casual under but than boom a jacket that speaks louder than 1000 words!

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Adding a jacket is such an easy way to change your look 🙂

  5. Jhilmil Avatar

    Loved all these style statements. I personally go for shades and printed tops many times & they look gorgeous.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      That’s my go-to outfit 🙂

  6. Anastasia Golovko Avatar
    Anastasia Golovko

    The outfits are so fun. I must get myself a balck leather jacket and floral jackets. Now. I am subscribing to see more of your articles. ????

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Thanks Anastasia! I wear my leather jacket with almost everything and think it makes me look like a total rockstar when I’m not haha

  7. alisonrost Avatar

    You’re speaking my language when you said all you need are a great pair of jeans, a tee and (in my case) Converse tennis shoes! On their own, they’re casual, but easily upgraded with a pretty sweater or jacket! x

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Yes x100 to converses! I used to wear dresses every single day because it was so much easier to deal with, but tees and jeans are actually a lot less fussy to me!

  8. kalliamanika Avatar

    My personal style is bold and bohemian. So, evidently the in your face approach with textures and bright colors are my favorites! Great tips!

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I love how bright the colors are on this show. I’m a mix between bold and casual, if that’s even possible haha

  9. ratishagoyal Avatar

    While reading this, for the first to any fashion tips i was saying, ‘Yes, I can do that’. Sometimes i do love to pep up my fashion and your tips are going to be handy for me.

  10. Anjali Chawla Avatar

    Great post! I loved all the ideas and #2 is my style. Beauty in simplicity. Sometimes as small as a ring or a bracelet or a headband can make you look bold and stunning! And I love making a statement pairing my blue denims with cool white buttoned up shirt 🙂

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I totally agree, sometimes simple is better! I also love wearing jeans with button up shirts, so pretty 🙂

  11. London Mumma Avatar

    I am all about cute shades. Your tips are great and handy for those who are a little less fashion adventurous.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Same here girl! I rotated three pairs this summer. Thanks!

  12. helerinablogs Avatar

    I love little black dresses, every shape and style is always such a classic, timeless look. I’m a huge sunglasses fan too.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I love how classy and versatile LBDs are!

  13. Kavita Singh Avatar

    I am a big fan of #6. Cool sunglasses with little makeup or even no makeup can give you perfect style. I loved the article.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Right, I’m a huge fan of the minimalist look when it comes to makeup and style!

  14. beccajtalbot Avatar

    I too often have that feeling of not having anything to wear, despite having hundreds of pieces of clothing! There are some great tips here though, will have to put some into practice next time I feel like that! x

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      It’s an everyday struggle for me ha!

  15. David Elliott Avatar

    These are very cool fashion tips. I really like the putting on a funky jacket with a pair of jeans to dress it all up. My daughter would definitely appreciate this post.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Jeans and a cool jacket are definitely the quickest way to look put together!

  16. Via Bella Avatar

    I love all these ideas because I seriously need to jazz my outfits up more. I was just thinking this actually with my jackets.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I have sooo many jackets and sweaters in my closet, which makes switching things up A LOT easier!

  17. Star harford Avatar

    Great post! It is sometimes so hard to find something to wear and feel like you have nothing even if your wardrobe is full! I especially rock the shades idea when my eyes are looking tired!

  18. arra odeza (@acodeza) Avatar

    I admit my wardrobe looks boring and I am not also a fan of heavy makeup. Thankfully all you have shared are pretty much simple and I think I can manage to do the things you have mentioned above.

  19. Ivan Jose Avatar

    Mix and match — I have a friend who is such an expert in doing this. She has a very limited wardrobe but she needs to always look stylish and well-dressed at work. Saves her a lot of effort, space and money.

  20. Darleen Redman Avatar

    What a great article. It gives me some ideas as I need to downsize my wardrobe due to releasing a lot of weight. I love these ideas.

  21. Jocelyn Avatar

    I love using headbands, big brows or a bold lip to liven up an outfit. As always, a statement necklace and LBD can do the trick!

  22. Elizabeth O Avatar
    Elizabeth O

    I really like your ideas. especially Dress up a casual tee and jeans with a funky printed jacket. It looks so chic.

  23. Sara Avatar

    I’ve always had a pretty versatile style, I have a tonne of colourful clothes!

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