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How to Easily Dress Up Your Outfit

So you started out the day thinking it was going to be chill…and suddenly something happens where you need to look dressier than planned. Perhaps it’s a last-minute date or a class presentation, or maybe you just love a certain outfit and want to give it some pizzazz. These quick tips will breathe new life into your current clothes!


Jewelry – This is the most obvious place to start when thinking of ways to glam up your look for the day. Try one or two (not more than two at a time!) statement pieces. Statement jewelry means just that—it says something! A large chunky necklace, a colorful thick bracelet, dangle earrings and cocktail rings can all put that fun touch on an otherwise plain ensemble. The great news about costume jewelry is that it’s actually incredibly affordable. Check out stores like Kohl’s, Target, Macy’s and Forever 21 to find cute pieces.

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See also: 5 Handmade Rings That Share Your Faith5 Beautiful Necklaces, & 7 Handmade Bracelets


Scarf – A scarf adds the perfect pop of color whether or not you need to keep warm. Choose a pashmina, fringed or thin scarf for indoor occasions. Go for a warm, soft one to wear outdoors. Pick a scarf that complements your sweater or coat. Patterns and texture go really well with solids.

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See also: Top 5 Scarves for Cold Weather


Heels – Obviously this one isn’t going to work if you’re going to be walking around or standing a lot. But if it’s just a normal day, a pair of wedges or low heels is just the thing to elongate your body and class up your look. Don’t think of just pumps—heeled boots, platforms and casual wedges are all in play here!

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See also: Top 8 Affordable Boots for Fall


Cardigan – Throwing a dressy sweater over a tank top or a casual dress instantly makes your outfit look more mature and professional. Try to find ones that are a thinner material, as opposed to a sweater cardigan. They are much more cozy than a blouse, but can be just as nice.

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See also: Top 8 Cardigans We Love for Fall


Belt – Belts come in a huge variety. Thick, thin, metallic, leather…the possibilities are endless! Use a belt to cinch in a loose top, a wide belt to break up a solid-color dress or a dressy belt for a business look.

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See also: 5 Fall Outfits We Love


Have you ever used any of these tricks? Can you think of a time when you had to dress up an outfit quickly?

What is your favorite way to dress up an outfit?

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  1. sunbluie

    Posted by sunbluie on October 30, 2014 at 17:03


  2. GraceGirl1379

    Posted by GraceGirl1379 on October 30, 2014 at 05:35

    I love this, except I can’t pull off heels because I’m too tall.

  3. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on October 29, 2014 at 16:29

    I have a lace jacket that can dress up anything. It’s my go to item for dressing up an outfit.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by rachelrh on October 29, 2014 at 16:07

    what happened to Modest is Hottest?

    • mnkowgirl

      Posted by mnkowgirl on November 7, 2014 at 13:07

      It is. But there are times when we have to dress it up a bit. We can dress up our outfits without being immodest. There’s nothing wrong with looking dressy.

  5. SoZo

    Posted by SoZo on October 29, 2014 at 09:38

    LOVE the peacock ring!!!