1. Plaid is In!
Thick black belts can be found for cheap at most any department store. I suggest getting one that you can squeeze two looks out of, patent leather of one side and a velvet or felt look on the reverse.
Belts are also easy to make out of most any fabric. Stitch your own simple belt with my easy step-by-step tutorial.
Adding any jacket from your wardrobe can instantly give you a tailored look. Dust off those interview clothes and try pairing a jacket and slacks with a colorful printed blouse and black beads. Take just a few seconds to look as though you were studying the Andy & Debb runway.
Charcoals, grays and navy blues are all in for fall 2009, and all available in a little box at your local drug store. Just about any washable piece of clothing can easily be dyed these colors with just a box of 88 cent powdered dye. Transform some of your favorite closet pieces within minutes and save yourself some vibrant green dough.
6. Striped Tights
These tights are thinner than leg warmers, but thicker than typical hose. Want it for free? You can get this look by chopping off the sleeves of a striped long-sleeve t-shirt. Put on your new leg warmers, layer with a pair of tall, scrunchy black socks and finish off with a pair of casual boots.
7. Wrap it Up
For this Baby Phat & KLS look, get your hands on a bolt of solid wool and try out this easy poncho tutorial from our Guide to Sewing:
Second hand costume jewelry can be bought for pennies and re-used on shirts as strategic accents. Use a little bit of thread that matches your garment to loop in the jewelry fasteners or bead holes. Simply stitch the jewelry on. Just be sure not to over-do it, and stick to embellishing the collar area.
So, in case you're fretting too much about what to wear, just keep in mind that somewhere, out there...someone is dressed like this.
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