In the past few years, fast fashion has ramped up to hyper-speed, thanks in large part to huge high-street brands. That means it’s easier and more affordable than ever to wear every trend of the moment, but these clothes are not designed to last. So instead of rushing to the nearest mall for what may prove to be a wasteful venture, we’re turning to some easy do-it-yourself styling tricks. These simple fashion hacks will not only transform your look, but will also add a personal touch to your ensemble and dispense with the frivolity of empty trends.
Browse through the gallery to start employing these tricks right away without spending any money or adding to your carbon footprint.
Over-long jeans look incredibly stylish, but they can trip you up. Minimize this problem by slicing them along the seam at the side about four inches up. Bonus: This style will also show off your footwear better.
Designers like Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs have made the brooch cool again. Borrow one or more from your grandmother to give your blazer a little oomph.
Long-sleeved buttoned shirts are endlessly versatile. Either style them by cuffing the sleeve three inches above the elbow, which is best achieved when you stick out the cuffs, or roll them up past your elbows à la Jane Birkin.
Being chic is easy this season and all you have to do is play with your sleeves. Click here to get a few ideas on how to style yours.
For an instant cool factor (literally and figuratively), consider cutting the hem of your denim skirts. The length is up to you! A quick wash and dry will help them achieve a frayed edge.
This trick is similar to the cuffed sleeve, but it takes layering into account. First cuff your jacket at the elbow, then your shirt sleeve over that, and finally push both cuffs up high for a crinkled, devil-may-care look.
Proportion play is an easy way to achieve a more stylish look. Go against the grain by not tucking in an oversized shirt. You’ll love the tomboyish, carefree results.
For an effortless appearance, simply roll and cuff your jeans at different lengths so they look a little messy and careless.
Instead of tucking your shirt in or letting the hem hang loose, we suggest knotting it at the waist. You can do this on the front or side of your shirt and try it at different lengths (navel or higher) depending on your body type.
While it’s normal to keep the top two buttons undone on a buttoned shirt, we like going for a third or even fourth. Wear a cute bralette or cami underneath if you’re afraid of revealing too much.
Gone are the days of having a crisp and perfect collar — a messy collar is much cooler. Leave one side up and the other side down for a neat asymmetrical look.
In the 1950s, this style was favored by tough motorcycle types, but we love it for the present day. Try it on a simple tee and you’ll snag a “cap sleeve” style without having to buy one.
As the summer heat rolls in, a long, thick skirt may seem like the least favorable option, which is why we love the idea of wearing a button-front dress or skirt and leaving a few buttons undone at the bottom.
Patches can be added to any item in order to personalize your style. Hardier fabrics like khaki and denim look especially great with the addition of stitched- or ironed-on patches.
Make your scarf or bandana do double-duty by utilizing it as a belt instead. This is a quick way to add more color and texture to your outfit with a piece you already have in your wardrobe.
Add an extra proportional dimension to your silhouette by tying a long, breezy cardigan around your waist.
Matching fashion can be tricky, but, when achieved in a solid tone, it looks crisp, fresh, and beautifully put together.
A trusted tailor will know just how to turn a tired old denim skirt into a sleeveless dress in whatever style you can dream up.
By carefully disguising the collar under a blouse and using the sleeves as a belt, an oversized men’s shirt can easily become a chic pencil skirt.
Do you own an expensive cocktail dress that you thought you’d only wear once? Think again. Get more mileage out of it by layering it with a T-shirt for a more casual presentation.
Take your denim jacket into edgier territory by splashing the exterior with cool patches from your favorite band or cause.
A simple silk shirt gets a hip makeover when you wear it backwards and layer a cool statement necklace over it.