12 Ways to Instantly Make Your Outfit More Interesting

Everyone has an item or two in their closet that they can turn to for instant style results: statement heels, flattering jeans, or even a conversation-starting handbag. The best thing about these types of closet companions is that they have the ability to instantly lift your look with little to no effort. This editor in particular relies heavily on a pair of gold hoop earrings that can make even a T-shirt and blue denim look purposeful and on trend.

If this concept of minor effort and major results sounds appealing to you (you’d be out of your mind if it didn’t!), then the 12 tips we’ve rounded up below should pique your interest. The best part? They’re all easy to pull off (i.e., no over-the-top looks to be found).

See below for instant outfit lifters, and shop our picks to get the looks.

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#1: Wrap Up in a Blanket Scarf
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If you haven’t discovered the heaven that is a blanket scarf, we suggest you invest in this cozy piece ASAP. Snag one in a buffalo-check print for added effect.

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#2: Test Out a Statement Blazer
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Slip into a blazer with a unique detail, like lace sleeves or shoulder embellishments. Pair it with neutral separates for a well-balanced look.

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#3: Tie a Bold Scarf Around Your Head
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Pick a scarf that complements your eye color for a truly standout look.

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#4: Get Long and Lean
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Swap out your everyday black blazer for a wintery white one in an elongated silhouette.

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#5: Carry a Playful Bag
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Even if the rest of your outfit is subdued, a stylish mini bag can add the perfect dose of fun to your ensemble.

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#6: Toss on a Robe Coat
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Give your fall look a pajama-inspired vibe with a colorful, embroidered robe coat.

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#7: Get In-Vested
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Wear a wool vest with preppy pieces, like a crisp button-down shirt and pleated miniskirt.

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#8: Make a Splash in a Printed Midi
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Wear a bold midi dress with a cool leather jacket for an editor-approved outfit.

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#9: Slip on a Stylish Backpack
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Need we say more? These bags are perfect for the fashionable gal on the go.

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#10: Clip on a Bold Earring
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The simple addition of a statement earring (or two) can instantly update any outfit, no matter how drab.

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#11: Throw on a Faux Fur Coat
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Find a coat with a furry texture and wear it with It-girl separates, like skinny jeans and moto boots.

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#12: Put a Scarf on It
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If you need ideas for how to tie your scarf, we suggest these 15.

Nicole Kliest
Freelancer

Nicole here! I'm a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, I started my career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade have contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. I also copywrite and have worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. I'm very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When I'm not checking out the latest restaurant opening in my West Village neighborhood or riding my bicycle along the West Side Highway, I can be found scheming my next trip somewhere around the world (up next is Vienna).