How to Make Basics Non Basic

Ray-ban silver mirrored aviatorsA Fine Line tee (old, similar) // J.Crew denim jacket // Target DIY shorts (old, similar) // Tory Burch espadrilles // Daniel Wellington watch // Ray-Ban silver mirrored aviators

Cuyana beige tote

Tory Burch espadrilles

A Fine Line tee

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J.Crew patina denim jacket

J.Crew denim jacketPhotos by Natalie Dressed

I stress the importance of basics and neutrals a lot around here. Simple pieces can be the foundation for a versatile closet, but how do you take all your basics and create a non-basic look? Many of you have commented on my ability to take pieces everyone already has in their closets and reimagine them to create unique, fresh, and pulled together outfits. Well, today I’m going to fill you in on my secrets. When picking out an outfit I like to stick to 3 rules of thumb. Depending on the time of year and weather, I’ll usually stick to all three, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. First, I’ll start with a color scheme. This can be anything from two toned, staying with cool colors, or experimenting with the same color in different shades. From there, I’ll decide if I want one item to be the standout piece, for instance, the sunglasses in today’s look. And lastly, I will always look to layer. The third piece will always add dimension, versatility, and complete your outfit. Your layer doesn’t necessarily have to be worn for function. You can tie a jacket around your waist or throw it over your shoulders.

The pieces in today’s look couldn’t be more basic. But, by sticking with a soft color palette, layering, and adding one standout piece, I created the perfect chic off duty look.

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