As the new year approaches, a question arises: do I need to splurge on an entirely fresh wardrobe? Fortunately, there are some budget-friendly options you can consider. Here is our list of essential items that will easily upgrade your existing closet for 2014!

1. Pointy Flats

Though I can’t deny my appreciation for ballet flats, it’s time to switch up our style. Pointy flats add an edgy yet professional look that screams “I’m here and ready to work”. In addition, petite ladies will be pleased to hear StyleCaster’s insight on pointy flats – they’re touted as a way of appearing taller! So if you want the perfect combination of chicness with an added confidence boost, give these shoes a try.

2. Add Stripes

Transform into an uber-chic French fashionista with a stylish striped top. Whether paired with slim-fitting trousers or a classic pencil skirt, you’ll instantly feel more sophisticated and fashionable.

3. Embrace the Flare

All of us have been wearing those tight-fitting jeans for far too long; it’s time to give our ankles some breathing room. Trying out a fashionable 70s look and introducing flares into your wardrobe? Yes, please! Make sure you get that inner diva feeling on with confidence.

4. Block Heels

Stilettos are undeniably fashionable, but by no means should you forget the thicker-heeled option! Jenna Lyons’ Chief Creative Officer of J.Crew designs some seriously stunning thick-heel shoes – so why not take it easy on your feet while still looking fabulous?

5. Statement Jewelry

Elevate your wardrobe to the next level with a bold and beautiful statement necklace. The trends may come and go, but an exquisite piece of jewelry is timeless – Bauble Bar has exactly what you need!

6. Pastels

Though winter may seem endless, you can still daydream about the upcoming season of soft colors that spring brings. Liven up your wardrobe with a touch of pastel and bask in its comforting hues!

This year, the Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid – an inspiring reminder from Dianna Barros, founder of The Budget Babe. “A gorgeous pink/purple hue that looks great on everyone. Pick up a cardigan or lipstick in this shade to brighten up your winter wardrobe and wear it into spring,” she said.

7. A Utility Jacket

Add a hint of edge to your style by opting for the ever-cool leather jacket. A well-fitted wool coat gives off an aura of poise and professionalism, but when you want to have some fun with fashion, it’s time to don a utility jacket! For that perfect combination of hardy and feminine elements in your look – mix this trendy piece with something girly.

8. Get a New Bag

Invest in your wardrobe this year with designer Claire Vivier’s stunning, yet wallet-

friendly bags. You won’t regret it!

9. Midi Skirts

The midi-length skirt is the perfect blend of professional and stylish. Not too restrained like a pencil skirt, yet more conservative than a mini-skirt, it’s ideal for work or plays. So don’t wait – get yourself one today!

10. Add a Pop of Color

Add an extra spark of vibrance to your wardrobe with vivid color! A vibrant cardigan, skirt, or scarf can instantly enliven any outfit.

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