9 Tricks for Making Boring Outfits Look Spectacular

We don't know about you, but we're at that point in winter where the appeal of cold-weather buys has worn off, and the realisation that spring is still quite far off is almost impossible to bear. Similarly, if opening your wardrobe and subsequently sighing with dismay at the fact nothing inside excites you anymore has become part of your daily routine, then you'll be pleased to hear that we've found the solution. 

Instead of feeling stuck in a style rut, we've come to the rescue with expert tricks on how to not look boring when you find yourself wearing the same clothes on repeat.  With a little help from a few of our favourite influencers, we've found nine simple hacks to help you fall back in love with your wares. From the DIY trick anyone can do (no scary glue gun required) to the shoes guaranteed to breathe a new lease of life into any outfit, keep scrolling and we promise the prospect of getting dressed will seem way more exciting from here on out.

#1: Add a Belt
How To Not Look Boring: Ada Oguntodu belts her blazer



Style Notes: Layering a belt over a blazer will showcase your shape and give your look an edge. Follow Ada's lead and match your belt to the hue of the dress underneath for maximum style points. 

#2: Pop Something in Your Hair
How To Not Look Boring: Fanny adds a bow to her hair.



Style Notes: The festive season may be coming to an end but fashion girls will still decorate their 'dos with bows and hair clips aplenty. Add one to your ponytail, and you'll feel fancy in a flash. 

#3: Undo Your Buttons
How To Not Look Boring: Chloe unbuttons the bottom of her shirt dress



Style Notes: It might seem insignificant, but this small tweak can make all the difference to your look. Be it a button-up skirt or dress, decidedly leave the bottom few fastenings undone and it'll completely change the way your outfit looks and feels. 

#4: Cinch Your Sleeves
How To Not Look Boring: Monikh cinches her jumper with bangles.



Style Notes: Bangles are set to be one of 2020's biggest jewellery trends. Pile them atop of your chunky knits for a simple accessorising solution. 

#5: Layer a Jazzy Roll-Neck
How To Not Look Boring: Erica layers a statement roll neck under her dress



Style Notes: When it comes to layering, Erica Davies has mastered the art, so when we saw her pair a standout zebra roll-neck with her sleeveless midi dress, we instantly archived it as a need-to-try outfit. 

#6: Upgrade Your Buttons
How To Not Look Boring: Emmanuelle's cardigan gets an upgrade with jewel buttons



Style Notes: The simplest way to fall back in love with your old pieces is to replace the buttons with more directional options, and what you'll be left with is something akin to Emmanuelle's cardigan, which features on-trend jewel encrusted options. Believe us when we say anyone can do this crafty trick.

#7: Pair Sandals With Socks
How To Not Look Boring: Claire Wakeman champions socks and sandals.



Style Notes: Socks and sandals needn't be daunting, or wacky. Claire Wakeman's combination of strappy footwear and basic socks serves as proof, and might be the perfect antidote to jazz up your at-home ensembles or scarce dinner's out. Keep the rest of your look pared back for optimum cool effect. 

#8: Dress Down Tailoring
How To Not Look Boring: Maria Bernad give her suit a cool edge with high-tops.



Style Notes: Have a suit that hasn't seen the light of day for some time? We—and María Bernad—suggest styling it with a pair of high-top sneaks for a cool and casual overhaul. 

#9: Add Fancy Tights
How To Not Look Boring: Hannah Crosskey updates her look with patterned tights



Style Notes: Much like Ellie, Hannah has used a pair of unexpected tights to give her look some stand-out appeal. Plus, these colours will never fail to look expensive when worn together. 

This article was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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