When you feel like you’re running out of options in your closet and that all of your clothes are old news, it can feel uninspiring trying to get ready every day. Of course, there’s always the option to go for a shopping spree and come back with an entirely new wardrobe, but that’s not always feasible.

If you’re trying to look good and stand out while using the clothes you already have in your drawers, you can turn your attention to some new, unexpected ways to make your outfit pop without buying a whole new look.

The power of accessories is strong. The right ones can take a look and either dress it up or down, make it funky or classic, and help you blend in or break necks.

Here are four ways to use accessories for unexpected ways to make your outfit pop:

1. The multi-purpose scarf

A scarf is a great accessory to have in the closet. Not only is it versatile for many seasons (warmth in the winter, sun shade in the summer), but you can also wear it in so many ways.

Add some pizazz to an otherwise simple outfit by tying a colorful scarf to the handle of your purse. This will command attention, but in a subtle way. People won’t be able to help but glance as you walk by.

You coul also try tying it around your ponytail for a fun swingy updo.

2. Phone cases aren’t just for tech

While phone cases are extremely important for the long-term protection of your phone, they’re not just for technology anymore! Since we’ve mastered the art of the protective phone case, we’ve been able to have more fun with them as well.

Now you can get a phone case that not only will protect your phone from drops and scratches, but will also boost your overall style. Search through your old cases and find the one that you thought you couldn’t use anymore.

If you don’t have a colorful one that goes with your wardrobe, you can get quality protective case for a pretty inexpensive price. It’s a lot less expensive than a shopping spree.

Gone are the days of a big bulky black case — now you can switch out your cases depending on your mood and look! For example, a marble-design or floral case looks amazing on the iPhone X/XS.

3. The power of layering

If one accessory is fun, isn’t a bunch of accessories even better? When you’re in a pinch and want to create an interesting look, try layering on some of your favorite jewelry pieces together for added depth and a great conversation starter.

For example, try layering up a few of your favorite gold necklaces to spice up a simple white t-shirt or add an arm party of bangles to your next LBD look. Sometimes less is more, but not necessarily when it comes to trying new accessories.

4. A belt can change it all

A belt is a great tool to have on hand in the fashion department, as it can quickly turn anything that’s flowy or baggy into a cinched waist. Flowy pieces are great to have in your wardrobe, as they’re comfortable and look good on just about anyone. But have you considered the variety you could get with these clothes if you added a stylish belt to the mix. You’d have an entirely new silhouette!

A white flowy dress with a brown belt screams festival season, while belting an oversized button down is a fresh take on businesswear!

Before you head to the store to buy a few new pieces, take another look at what you’ve already got in your closet and get creative! Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective to utilize what you have and make something new out of something old.

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