Revive Your Style

Just like gym routines and dull-as-dishwater diets, it's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to fashion. But you can escape your clothing comfort zones and breathe new life into your current wardrobe with simple styling tweaks - no sale splurging required.

Avoid falling into the familiarity style trap. Turn over a new fashion leaf and take your look into fresh territory.

Recycle your clothes

While fashion-forward types want to leap onto next season's trends, those who are staple-reliant can become bored by the same pieces, which means everyone ends up with a pile of redundant clothes.

If you wear a lot of dark clothing a bright coat will give any outfit new zest.

Layering also adds another stylish dimension to individual pieces. Start wearing spring/summer season tops and dresses pared down with long-sleeve roll-neck tops or pile on the winter accessories like hats, scarves and elbow-length gloves with blazers.

TRY: Witchery Jersey Boyfriend Jacket, $169.95, www.witchery.com.au, and Charcoal Marle Twisted Chunky Scarf, $99, www.countryroad.com.au.

Be more feminine

The lady-to-ladette look has allowed us to don trilby hats, stride in mannish trousers and pull on the boy brogues, but sometime it's nice just to be uber-girly and wear a feminine frock.

If you struggle putting outfits together, the dress is a one-piece no brainer. No need to mull over which top complements which bottom, a print dress will do all the work for you - pair it with leggings for winter!

TRY: Ladakh Azelea Tunic Dress, $74.95, www.allaboutfashion.com.au

Wear heels more often

If you're guilty of owning countless pairs of teetering high heels but keep pulling the same comfy flat boots out of the shoe cupboard it's time to re-think your footwear for 2010.

A heel can do wonders for slim-lining your body and making your legs look longer and there are comfier options out there for self-confessed stiletto-phobics.

Try a chunky platform or 'cone-shaped' heel for size, or work a not-so-towering wedge. Choose your 'halfway heel' wisely and you'll still be able to sprint for the bus!

TRY: Peep Toe Miss Buckingham Grey Suede heels, $249, www.peeptoeshoes.com.au

Get out of jeans

Slave to your skinny jeans or addicted to your trusty stonewash numbers? Step out of your denim comfort zone and parade your pins in a different style of bottoms to radically freshen up your look.

If you've got the pins for them, leggings have made a big comeback and they rival jeans in the comfy stakes. Ensure they're ankle length for the most flattering look and, if you're feeling brave, dabble with prints.

For guaranteed casual chic swap your jeans for tapered peg trousers, which will instantly give all your wear-with-jeans tees a major reinvention for day or night.

TRY: Bardot Tomb Raider Pant, $69.95, www.bardot.com.au

Wear more accessories

After all the glitz and glamour of the party season even the most effervescent fashionistas can be left feeling flat. Just because the sequin frocks have been tucked away until next winter that doesn't mean you need to stop sparkling.

This season, a must-have statement necklace will give you more eye-catching superpowers than having Chace Crawford on your arm (almost). If you flaunt your arms a lot, accentuate them with a dazzling wrist cuff or layer up bangles.

TRY: eQUIP cuff, $9.99, www.equipyourself.com.au, and Peep Toe cuff, $69, www.peeptoeshoes.com.au.

Wear gorgeous lingerie

When you feel sexy, you look sexy so why not go all out and wear something a bit naughty underneath your outfit? Black lingerie is flattering on any shape and a hint of colour can add a touch of glam. Sheer will be big this winter so adapt the trend to your lingerie and have fun!

TRY: Arabella Freya bra $89.95, brief $49.95, suspender $69.95, (03) 9646 9305.

By Lisa Haynes and Melissa Ironside

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Posted by SandraReport
It would be good to see some things directed at the more mature women ... our grand daughers love a funky grandmother :)
Posted by FayReport
Yes I am 55 and would love some shops for my age sexy, fun,overweight and short but i don't want to like like the kids do or like my mother did.
Posted by Suzanne171157Report
I am 39 and just broke my ankle reallly badly, they put metal in my leg and now I need a walking stick, so no matter what I do, a big part of glamour has gone for me, even though I would love to look great too.......
i still do my best, ie - makeup, hair, clothes, but in the end it is about friends who come and make you laugh when you are having a bad day....
Posted by Bling BlingReport
I'm 53 but my mind is a bit slower catching up and sometimes I worry that I'm looking at the wrong items for my age bracket but don't want to look like a granny just yet (no offense to grannies). I want to know that it doesn't matter where I am or what time I'm out I look good. I'm also unable to wear the 6 inch heels anymore but finding really nice flats can be an issue in itself.
Posted by Roberta23316Report
I am 66 and would love to know more about fashion for the oldies. I would hate to think that I am mutton dressed up as lamb. I also have problems with fluctiating weight because of stomach problems and wear yukky Lymphodema stockings. However I would LOVE to look good.
Posted by Rosy3Report
i agree some more for the 50+ would be nice