I have nothing to wear.  At least that’s what I told myself a million times as I was packing for the most fashionable event in NYC. New York Fashion Week. 

I took a deep breath and reminded myself of a few key strategies to upgrade any outfit. 

Keep it simple.

The knee-jerk reaction is to Google “trendy outfit ideas” but hold on. Why break-up with your own personal style? All that does is create an inauthentic version of you.

– Don’t overthink your outfits. That only results in something over the top (in a bad way). – Determine what you gravitate towards in your closet. – Wear what you feel prettiest in. Confidence is truly your best look.

Mix it up - a little!

Think of what you might normally wear, and then sass it up a notch. For example…  Bags: Try out different ways to pair a bag with your look. 

Graphic tees: Wear something with a little more “how you doin” to it, just for fun. Shoes: Rock  those  booties with a block heel instead of flats. Or  pair  sneakers with a dress? 

Try out textures!

Don’t be afraid to combine a few different textures together. The results can be really eye-catching. I paired a lace duster/kimono with a faux suede skirt and a silk cami and I loved the result!

– Drape a chunky sweater over your shoulders while wearing a satin dress. Gives it an unexpected preppy, textured type of effect. – Wear a beaded statement necklace or headband with an athleisure outfit.

– Try a leather moto jacket with a macrame top to create texture with a masculine/feminine vibe.

 Use the simple strategies to add that extra bit of “glam” to your look without losing yourself in the process.