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7 Genius Styling Hacks That’ll Make Your Outfit Instantly Cooler

You don't have to spend a lot of money to look amazing. With these cool-girl styling tricks, you'll look like a fashion model...

It seems like celebs and style bloggers have unlimited super-cool wardrobes, but really, they just make tiny tweaks to make the most basic outfits look seriously chic. They somehow put together things you never thought would go to create totally fresh, next-level looks using the same pieces. You don’t need a stylist to do it! To score the same next level-style just follow these easy tips for making any outfit instantly cooler.

1. Knot a button-down shirt to show off your waist.

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A midi skirt looks super cute with that plaid shirt that’s already in your closet. Tying it in the middle will show off rather than hide your shape and give you a more polished look. Layer a turtleneck underneath to keep your belly from showing when it’s chilly out.

Here’s the trick to making the perfect knot: 

Undo the bottom three buttons and tie the shirt tails into a knot. Tighten so the knot hits just above your belly button and knot again. Straighten the ends so it sits where you want.

2. Belt your layers.

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Layering is an easy way to look fashion-y when it’s cold outside and save money by getting more use out of the pieces already in your closet. But when you have a bunch of different layers on, the finished product can end up look a little bulky and random. A belt pulls the whole look together and carves out your figure under all those clothes, so all those layers don’t swallow you up.

3. Cuff your jeans.

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There’s nothing wrong with rocking your jeans as is, but your fave closet staple can get an easy upgrade with ankle cuffs. It’s a subtle style trick that instantly freshens up an outfit you’ve worn a million times. Not to mention, it’s the perf way to show off your rockin’ footwear. The trick is to choose the right technique based on the pant style you’re rocking.

4. Stack your rings.

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One ring is cute; eight is even cuter. But how do you make different sizes and styles of rings look cool and edgy and not like you’re a preschooler who got in her mom’s jewelry box? It’s all about placement and how you stack the different styles.

5. Knot an oversized tee.

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Loose layers can easily go from breezy to sloppy. But when you side-knot your top, you’ll highlight both your killer shape and your cute skirt. To get a polished knot, pull the excess bottom material to one side creating a tail. Twist the tail and knot it. Tug on the knot to tighten.

6. Add a scarf to update a basic look.

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If you’re bored with all your necklaces, a handkerchief scarf or bandana is an easy way to take a simple outfit up a notch. There are so many ways you can wear it too.

7. Let your socks peek out of your boots.

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Don’t hide your socks! Scrunched socks make a dressy skirt and/or shoes look more casual and like you just walked out of the house looking that flawless. Fashion bloggers are all about this trend, and it’s actually super easy to pull off.

How much of your socks to let peek out of your boots depends on how long your legs are. A good rule of thumb is to let them cover about 1/4 of your lower leg. Pull them up, then scrunch them down to the right length. Stick to thin socks that aren’t too sporty, but don’t be afraid to play with color. So cute!

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