Fashion and style are subjective and vary greatly from person to person. Some people love to wear stand-out pieces and dress to the nines every day, whereas others like to be more subdued and stick to the basics. If you’re the latter and have a capsule wardrobe, you might be wondering how you can dress up basic items for special occasions.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need lots of bold pieces to make a statement when you walk into a room. With the right pairings, you can make even the most basic items look like a million bucks. If you’re struggling with how to achieve this, keep reading as we’ve put together some top tips on how to dress up simple outfits and command attention anywhere you go.
- Statement jewelry
The first and easiest way you can take an outfit to the next level is to add some sparkle with statement jewelry. When you’re wearing busy clothes with lots of patterns and focal points, jewelry can get lost and bring down the impact of the overall look, but simple outfits are where jewelry shines.
Some good pairings include plain t-shirts and designer bracelets, neutral bottoms and anklets, and plain high-neck jumpers and short necklaces. If you’re wearing a simple dress that leaves your chest exposed, you can add a flamboyant necklace that is larger in size to command attention.
- Designer shoes
Shoes have the power to make or break an outfit, and when it comes to something simple, they can elevate you to the next stage. For example, you can easily make jeans and a t-shirt look dressy by adding a pair of red bottom heels. This will instantly transform your outfit from day to night and exude class.
The same goes for men – designer trainers can tie an outfit together and make it look like you’ve put in more effort than you really have. You don’t necessarily need to wear designer shoes to dress up your fit, but if have some, they’ll add a feel of luxury that was otherwise missing.
- Bold bag
Nothing brings an outfit together quite like a bag, and the more basic the outfit, the bolder the bag can be. Little black dress? Pair it with a sparkly shoulder bag. White jumpsuit? Add a bright clutch. Casual jeans and a t-shirt? Bring it to life with a croc shoulder bag.
Accessories really do determine the mood of an outfit and change the tone of it with minimum effort. A decent bag with some bright jewelry and enviable shoes will make even the simplest of garments look elite and high-end.
- Hair accessories
Some women love doing their hair and put a lot of effort into it, whereas others aren’t so fussed. Whatever type of person you are, you can tie your clothes together with your hair. From a simple headband or printed scrunchie to dazzling clips and intricate headpieces, the possibilities are endless.
When you start recognizing your hair as a part of your outfit, you can harness it to dress up what you’re wearing in a heartbeat.
- Pop of color
Our final way of making simple outfits look more than what they are is to add color. Most of the time, basic clothes are neutral in shade, so there’s usually lots of opportunity to inject some personality through color. A good example includes adding a bright blazer over the top of a white or black jumpsuit or fitted dress to provide texture and coverage alike.
With these tips, you’ll be able to automatically jazz up any outfit!