There are certain items in your closet that we have come to know as timeless pieces, classic garments that are functional and manifest as the building blocks of your personal style. You probably identify these essentials as wardrobe basics, but the problem that some women have with these clothes are the very fact that they are, well, basic. The definition is often mixed up with terms like plain, simple and unsophisticated. While a white t-shirt may not be as statement-worthy as a feminine off-the-shoulder top, how well can the latter mix with the rest of your clothes? How much are you willing to bet that you will wear your t-shirt more times in the year than the shoulder-baring top?
Never think of wardrobe basics as boring. Think of them as versatile pieces that are not bound by season or decade, items that can be worn for casual affairs and dressier events.
Depending on the basic, these clothes can sometimes be a little difficult to dress up. Thus, some women leave the staples for everyday occurrences and refrain from including them in smart casual and and semi-formal attire. But Pretty Me is all about finding solutions to all the trials and tribulations often experienced with your clothes, and if one of the issues you currently have is with your closet essentials, we’ve got a few outfit ideas for you to upgrade your style.
How to dress up your blue jeans
Dark, black, and even white denim are quite easy to create dressier outfits out of, but it is slightly tricker with blue jeans in medium to light washes, such as our Old Style Stretch Denim Jeans. Anything with rips and distressed accents are also a bit tough. However, all you need to do to get yourself ready for a dinner party is by cuffing the pants at the right length to show off a pair of cute heels. Wear any fancy top you wish, finish the outfit with a bright clutch or casual jewelry and you are good to go. Try matching your shoes with your accessories to streamline your ensemble.
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How to dress up your white button-down shirt
White button-downs and anything resembling our Front Pocket Long Sleeved Shirt are both everyday basics as well as vital pieces for an office capsule wardrobe. With that said, dressing up this item should be easier than other basics in your possession, since the tailoring can instantly add a chic quality to your look. Simply wear it with black pants or a blazer with capris. To keep things fun with a laid-back approach, wear it untucked with long shorts and heeled ankle boots.
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How to dress up your tank
Tops like the Burn Out Sleeveless Tank Top are mostly worn as a layer underneath cardigans and outerwear, on its own with jeans or denim cut-offs, or part of workout gear. Some think that they aren’t the most fashion-forward of clothes, but tanks function more as foundational pieces to a snazzy outfit. Think of them as your starting point—a blank canvas, if you will. If you have vests, kimonos and maybe embellished accessories that you would like to balance out with something more subtle, tanks won’t distract from your statement items.
How to dress up a black turtleneck
Black turtlenecks are treated like white t-shirts in the spring and summer, only they’re used in the fall and winter. If you have a form-fitted one, similar to our Slim Long Sleeve Turtle Neck Blouse, you are in good hands. Turtlenecks like these which are less bulky in shape are already quite dressy and sophisticated on their own, perfect for highlighting accessories such as pendant necklaces. You can also wear it as a layer under a basic shift dress to diversify your silhouettes in the colder months.
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How to dress up black pants
Another pair of must-have bottoms that every woman should have is black pants that make her look and feel good. Whether you have them in a cropped style, a high waist fit, or a loose leg like our Oversized Harem Wide Leg Palazzo Pants, it’s up to you. The hue and the slimming effect of the pants make it easy to mix and match it with any of your tops. For a formal vibe, opt for a beautiful silk blouse, and for an equally sophisticated look for your off-duty days, try it on with a plain white tee.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.