3 Stand-Out Wardrobe Updates Under $50

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

--Guest Post By Carly Schuna

Odds are that you, like me, are familiar with the process of pawing through your closet, sifting through dozens of items, and still thinking I have nothing to wear. The notion is a little ridiculous—I obviously have plenty of clothes—but it’s there nonetheless.

The problem isn’t so much that I’m out of clothes as it is that I’m out of creativity. My clothes seem old and boring because I’ve worn them the same ways so many times. The natural urge is to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on new, enticing duds, but that isn’t exactly practical on the salary of a freelance writer.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix to this problem: wardrobe updates under $50. They may not cost much, but they still allow for creativity, let you sport something new, and boost your confidence a few notches.

You can find a basic pair for a buck or two at your local thrift store or order a high-end, intricately designed pair for closer to a Benjamin, but any tights you get have the power to dramatically transform your wardrobe. They’ll accentuate your legs, make scandal-inducing skirts more work-appropriate, and lend some attitude to an outfit that might otherwise be boring. Go for a neon pair if you wear mainly neutrals or a cozy, wooly pair if you want to keep rocking skirts in the cold.

Floral Bloom Lace Tights

→ Buy the Floral Bloom Lace Tights, $9.00, at sockdreams.com.

Statement Necklaces
While it’s become commonplace to sport big, flashy cocktail rings, not as many women feel comfortable wearing necklaces that demand attention. But a statement necklace can really change the look of an outfit for the better and can even make you feel as if you have a whole new wardrobe. Go for a pop of color to spice up drab staples or an unconventional style to breathe new life into everyday wear.

Chain of Pace Shoulder Necklace

→ Buy the Chain of Pace Shoulder Necklace, $29.99, at modcloth.com; returns are free.

Spikes and Studs
There’s no better way to add some edge to your wardrobe than by studding and spiking it. Designer pieces that feature such accoutrements can set you back hundreds of dollars, but you can DIY the same style for no more than you’d pay to go out to dinner. Some craft stores and thrift stores have studs and spikes meant for clothing, but if you can’t find them locally, you can also order them online. Try studding a pair of jean shorts or spiking up a faux leather jacket.

Red Spiked Jacket

→ Buy the Red Spiked Jacket, $356.00, at craftisart.com.

Remember—you don’t have to go broke to look hot and feel good. Just inject a little creativity and playfulness into your daily style and stash the extra cash in your savings account!

This post was contributed by Carly Schuna, a freelancer who also writes about style at St Bernard Sports, retailer of Vineyard Vines shirts.