5 Free Styling Tricks to Do When You're Bored

When it comes to switching up your style, it can be tempting to panic and splurge on pieces that you regret buying a week later. This process can often be triggered by the changing seasons. Why is it that we can have a wardrobe bursting full of great buys, but as soon as the weather changes we go into full "I have nothing to wear" mode? Sometimes all it takes is the smallest tweak to change an outfit from basic to bang on trend.

Over the last month, we've noticed certain tricks cropping up across Instagram—all of which transform the appearance of your favourite wardrobe staples but are completely free to re-create. Some have throwback vibes (think hair scarves and polo neck layering) whilst others have a distinctive 2018 flavour (we're looking at you, double-jacket hack). Scroll down to see the five free styling tricks to try out this weekend and prepare to see your wardrobe in a whole new light.

Belt Your Jacket


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A statement logo belt, such as this cult Gucci number, will add shape to a layered-up blazer outfit.


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For longer tailored coats, try cinching with a wide brown belt, as seen on this stylish showgoer. 


Embellish Your Ponytail With a Silk Scarf


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Looking for a way to repurpose those old vintage scarves you've got lying around? Try knotting one into your ponytail for a dramatic effect.


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A white scarf complements the print on this polka-dot dress and also works so well with the gold hoops.


Do the Jumper Drape


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The "jumper drape" (as it's unofficially known) was first spotted on Alexa Chung and was everywhere at fashion week this season. Lisa Aiken contrasts her long-sleeved base layer with a blue-and-white stripe knit.

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If you're uncertain about which jumpers to pair together, take your cue from Pernille Teisbaek and choose two of the same hue. Charcoal grey is a classic and flattering option.


Layer Polo-Necks Under Everything


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The '70s staple is having a renaissance this season. Versatile and warm, the look can be worn under everything from maxi dresses to jumpsuits.


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Channel this season's Wild West trend and layer a white roll neck under a head-to-toe double-denim outfit.


Double-Up Your Coats


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Introducing the ultimate cold-weather styling trick: the coat double-up. Our favourite looks tend to combine two pieces of the same shade or pattern, for example, Eva Chen opts for a pastel pink base and a hot-pink top layer. So cool.


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A checked blazer and matching coat is another easy way to work the trend. Make sure to choose a slim-fit jacket and roomier coat to avoid any awkward bulkiness.


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