Many of us have probably spent a lot of time in our sweatpants so far this year — our outside clothes gathered dust in our closets and our fashion sense atrophied right along with our social skills. Even those of us who haven’t let our bodies forget what dressing up feels like might occasionally get stymied by the sheer number of options out there, not to mention how to incorporate new pieces into your wardrobe once they make it home. Getting dressed doesn’t have to be a chore. We asked Good Housekeeping’s Chief Fashion Director Kristen Saladino, as well as a few other pro stylists, for their best fashion tips to help us get out of a wardrobe rut.
Eliminate the pressure of matching hues by dressing head-to-toe in one color. It’s chic for spring and might encourage you to try existing favs in a fresh, new way. Saladino especially loves gray, pink or white. If you’ve got a lot of denim in your stash, try the age-old “Canadian tuxedo.” A denim jacket with a jean skirt will help turn your staples into a trendy look.
Incorporate these three key pieces
If you hate complicated fashion trends or just want to pull together your look, you just need three items, according to The Ambitionista’s Heidi Nazarudin. A face-flattering pair of classic sunglasses, a gorgeous everyday leather handbag and a smart pair of shoes you can easily walk in will instantly level up any outfit.
Try bright-colored lipstick or accessories
We get it; black and neutrals are easy and endlessly versatile. But if you’re looking to test the waters with loud patterns or bright colors, Nazarudin recommends wearing them as an accessory before you invest in a clothing item. “Instead of trying on a bright citron-colored blouse, you can go for a cuff or bracelet or even a lipstick,” she suggests.
Try a vintage cardigan
Give those graphic tees you have in the back of your closet new life by topping with a granny cardigan. Hit the thrift store for one that looks like it knows its way around a cedar chest and pair it with cropped denim and loafers for an up-to-the-minute look that won’t break the bank.
Take your sneakers out of the gym
Running shoes aren’t just for the treadmill anymore. Saladino suggests pairing eye-catching kicks with a dress or a skirt for a trendy ‘fit that’s also comfortable enough for running around town. We love a look that goes the distance. Pop on a belt
Consider belts an essential part of your outfit arsenal. Adding a textured, embellished or colorful belt is the fastest way to pull together the most basic pieces or quickly elevate a casual outfit, says Yraola.