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Easy, expert tips for refreshing your personal style

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Updated: 2/01/2013 12:17 pm

(BPT) - When you look in your closet, are you inspired by what you find, or has your personal style become bland? If you want to update your wardrobe, you don't need a complete overhaul and a bottomless budget. By adding a few key pieces you can instantly breathe life into your existing collection of clothes - and the best part is you can do it for $25 or less.

Here are four must-have items that can help make any woman's wardrobe look modern, fun and trendy:

Scarves: More than a simple neck accessory, a scarf is perhaps the ultimate fashion-meets-function wardrobe essential. Not only does it keep you warm on cold days and protect you from the sun when it's hot, it's also a beautiful accessory that livens up any outfit. Tend to shy away from bright clothing? Scarves are an ideal way to introduce a pop of color, especially if you typically wear black or gray. Rich hues like deep purple, evergreen and royal blue are popular during cooler months. Wear a scarf like a shawl, draped around your shoulders; tie it loose around the neck for a relaxed, airy look; or knot it tight for a tailored appearance. Plus, you can find scarves virtually everywhere for as little as $10.

Cardigan - It's easy to update any outfit when you have a colorful cardigan on hand. Whether your personal style leans conservative or you prefer a more creative approach to dressing, a cardigan is a versatile complement to any outfit. Solid colors never go out of style, so adding one or two to your closet is a great way to extend the life of your wardrobe. For example, a bold red cardigan is great year-round: in vogue for fall, festive for the holiday season, and cheery over dresses and tanks during warmer months. If you have $25, you can find a colorful, comfy cardigan that will brighten up an office outfit, or keep you chic and cozy when paired with jeans on the weekends.

Jeans: A great pair of jeans goes with anything - from a structured career jacket to a slouchy sweater. If you purchased your last pair of jeans years ago and only wear them when you know you aren't leaving the house, you'll love how a new pair can revitalize your look. Skip the $200 boutique jeans and opt for fashionable and affordable options from Signature by Levi Strauss & Co., available at Walmart. For less than $20, you'll find the perfect style to fit your body type - from skinny jeans to mid rise boot cut and even options for women with curvy figures. For the ultimate in comfort and style, try the Simply Stretch Pull On Skinny jeans that feature a slimming pull-on waist band and high stretch denim to shape and smooth any figure.

Jewelry - Add a splash of personality with a statement piece of jewelry. Big beaded necklaces or long intricate chains are great go-to pieces when you want to add a little pizzazz to an outfit. Silver is the on-trend metal this year, spotted on the runways of Fashion Week. Costume jewelry has never been more popular, giving today's woman an affordable way to indulge. If you like to craft, you can save even more by creating one of a kind pieces yourself with supplies from your local craft or bead store.

With $25 you have multiple ways to update your wardrobe so you look great all year long. From the perfect jeans to classic tops to funky accessories, your closet will never be boring again.

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