Keeping up with the latest styles doesn’t mean trading in all of last year’s clothes for this year’s. If you’re like us, you like to get creative with the styles of yesterday, evolving them with a little stitching or tucking or layering, into the the killer outfits of today.
2016 gave us plenty of styles we loved, like boyfriend jeans, chokers, tight crop tops and thigh-high boots. Rather than ditch them and start again, we’re looking to update these pieces we already own — and, honestly, still like.
Here are 13 ways to update last year’s styles to this year’s trends.
13 ways to update last year’s style to this year’s trends
Athleisure + leatherYou can totally still wear those awesome heather grey tapered track pants that you bought (and lived in) last year. Athleisure hasn't disappeared, but take it up a notch by layering with some surprising fabrics. Think leather pieces, like a ball cap, motto jacket or cuffs (track pants, $65 at Under Armour; leather hat, $30 at Aritzia).Under Armour, Aritzia
Band t-shirts + cut-out modWe dug a few of our old rock n' roll favs out of the back of our closet last year, and rather than tuck them back in for another decade, we're going to DIY our way to the perfect 2017 look. Cutting out a deep-V (without snipping the collar!) in the front creates a choker effect that'll win you all sorts of compliments. (t-shirt , $45 at PacSun; DIY via Revenge Bakery).PacSun, Revenge Bakery
Denim coat + embroideryThat denim coat you loved so hard last season is just as on trend this spring. Personalize your jean jacket with pins or custom-designed embroidery. Hint: Levi's just launched its first-ever Tailor Shop on Canadian soil (at Sherway Gardens in Toronto), where you can get your denim customized in all sorts of ways (jacket, $118 at ShopBop; The Levi’s Tailor Shop, Sherway Gardens).Shopbop. Levi's Tailor Shop, Sherway Gardens
High waisted denim + '60s shirtsWe spent a good portion of 2016 in our high-waisted denim. This year we have every intention of doing the same, but this time we'll pair them with a loose '60s-style shirt (yes, in a whimsical pattern) rather than the tight, fitted tops that were formerly standard (jeans, $200 at Paige; top, $105 at Free People).Paige, Free People
Kimono + untie itKimonos are super comfortable and figure-flattering. But this season, tying them tightly around your waist is out and wearing bathrobes as daywear is a thing (yup, it's true). So pop on a tank and jeans under your silk kimono, and instead of tying the belt tight around your waist, let it hang loose or fully open (kimono, $98 at Gilt; kimono, $31 at Forever21).Gilt, Forever21
Lingerie + bomber jacketRemember the bra and blazer combo the Kardashians (and we) rocked so hard? Well, it's not going anywhere — in fact, it's getting an upgrade. Now we're sporting our best bras with more than just a dark blazer. How about a bra and an embroidered bomber? Has a nice ring to it (bra, $37 at Free People; bomber, $40 at H&M). Free People, H&M
Pendant + long chainMuch of the year's styles are lengthening, including jewellery. That interesting gemstone that hung snuggly from your leather choker can now be placed on a longer piece of chain to extend lower. We're talking bellybutton low (pendant, $4 at Etsy; chain, $39 at Stella and Dot).Etsy, Stella and Dot
Choker + long necklaceBut, wait! Don't go lengthening all of your chokers! Keep some of them as is, and layer them with longer pendants for a fresh look. (choker, $16 at Urban Outfitters; long necklace, $350 at Free People ).Urban Outfitters, Free People
Regular sweater + off the shoulderKeep your oversize sweater at the front of your closet. Give it a fresh touch by wearing it pulled down over one or both shoulders. You could even work this trend with one of your partner's button-downs or a cardigan, too (cardigan, $340 at My Thersea; slouchy cardigan, $59 at Urban Outfitters). My Theresa, Urban Outfitters
Sneakers + patchesThe sleek sneaker phase is finally cooling down. But that's not to say you have to stop wearing them. Add personality to your kicks with charming, hipstapatch patches for some well-deserved pizazz. “Hey, are those new shoes?" your peers will ask. No, friends, they're not. Discover how to DIY a pair here.(shoes, $40 at Amazon; patches, $4 each at Hipstapatch).Amazon, Aww Sam
Vintage jeans + unfinished hemVintage is still in, and with it, all the denim. Cut off the hem from the bottoms of your favourite boyfriend jeans and expose the raw edges, frays and all (boyfriend jeans, $38 at Etsy; Levi's Raw hem jeans, $63 at ShopBop). Etsy, Shopbop
Thigh-high boots + culottesThose thigh-high boots you fawned over (then finally purchased) shan't be banished to the back of your closet. Instead of wearing with skinnies and short skirts, swap that mod look for a pair of culottes with an oversized pattern (boots, $69 at Aldo; culottes $70 at Zara). Aldo, Zara
Vintage sweatshirt + cut-outsLast year you scored that cool vintage sweater with a unique pattern on the front. Good eye! Bring it into 2017 by cutting out a scoop back (so on trend) and adding a silky ribbon (check out this DIY for step-by-step instructions. Adorable.(sweatshirt, $30 at Etsy; DIY via Love Maegan).Etsy, Love Maegan