What looks like a relic you picked up as a horse-handler at a Texas dude ranch is really a basic denim snap-down with two decorative brass corners ($6 for four, Logan Hardware, 1416 P St. NW; 202-265-8900) hammered onto the tips.
Love the look of old clip-on earrings but worried they’ll slip off your lobes? Dab glue on the earring-side and tack them, like we did with this pair from Treasury ($17, 1843 14th St. NW; 202-506-6908), to the tips of a fave vintage shirt.
All the Trimmings
Not all button-up updates need be drastic. A thin trim of monochrome beads ($12 per yard, M & J Trimming) loop-stiched to the edge of a pink blouse curbs the garment’s boldness. The resulting top looks demure paired with a pencil skirt.
Studs, Not Duds
A simple silk shirt gets ready to party when you stitch or glue a gold-colored plastic pyramid trim ($10 per yard, M & J Trimming) around the entire collar. We imagine your hip fifth-grade teacher wore something similar after hours.
Just Bead It
Not for the faint of art, this style requires some dexterity. Choose beads in the same color (we love red against preppy black gingham) and thread them randomly one by one ($22, Beadazzled, 1507 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-265-2323).