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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Plain Basics to an Outfit #2


I've done something like this before where I showed pieces you could quickly add to turn plain basics into something that looked more pulled together.  A lot of you said you liked that, so here's another one!

Last week I worked all day at home in this:


At the end of the day I had to run a few quick errands, and since I'm vain (ha, let's be real here) I wanted to look a bit more pulled together.  I quickly grabbed a scarf and threw on my trusty moto jacket in a flash and had an instant outfit!



It's not a groundbreaking outfit, but I felt way more stylish than what I originally had.  And the whole thing took less than 15 seconds.  Really.

I think pieces like a moto jacket, a cargo jacket, or a denim jacket are great pieces that you can throw on quickly to take a plain t-shirt or plain dress up a notch.  I love those pieces because they provide a light layer and they keep things casual but really pull together a look.    

Links to Shop:  one  |  two  |  three




Shop for the Look:
Tee: Target (similar--Madewell on sale)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Loft (similar)
Booties: Target (similarsimilar)
Scarf: c/o Daily Charms (exact)


35 comments:

  1. versatilestylebytraceyThursday, May 02, 2013

    Great breakdown anyone could follow, would love to have seen just the addition of a watch during the accessory phase..

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  2. I live in Texas where the temperatures are usually so high that its impossible to wear a jacket and scarf over any outfits. Any ideas on how I can kick a basic tee and jeans/shorts look up a notch in the 90 - 100+ temperatures?

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  3. I'm in Phoenix and have the same question. Any ideas that don't involve layers?

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  4. Stephanie GuilerThursday, May 02, 2013

    todays outfit is one of my weekend uniforms -- leather jacket, scarf and booties -- love! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  5. Ha! I have the same question! It's pretty easy to look pulled together in the fall/winter in NC, but once it's hot and humid in the summer I always feel like I'm half dressed. I see those "summer" looks from J.Crew with the girls in sweaters (with a button down underneath) and shorts and just think, "where do these people live?!"

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  6. Try a colorful, flowy tank that had embellishment on it (so that you don't need to add extra jewelry). Pair it with shorts and sandals that also have embellishment. Same number of pieces as a tee and jeans but the details of color and embellishment make it seem more out together.

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  7. this is an awesome visual though!
    kw, ladies in navy

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  8. Any suggestions other than a scarf? I work in a laboratory (casual dress), and wearing scarves can cause problems (contaminated with chemicals/bacteria, catch on fire, etc). I live in plain v-necked tees, but need something to add to them.

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  9. Yes, a "colorful accessory" can be a necklace too. Or any other type of accessory for that matter.

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  10. Hi guys, I responded above but I'm not sure if I did it in the proper place in the thread to notify you, so check the comment above.

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  11. I also live in Texas and layering is difficult in the summer due to the high temperatures. So I have the same problem as you have! I think Audrey came up with a good idea. I would also throw this idea out there..... Try adding a pop of color. For instance, a plain white T and denim shorts would look great with some red sandals, a brown purse, a long necklace and dangle earrings, and a nice brown leather belt or leopard belt. Work a color chart to mix and match colors that work together and add accessories and that's about all you have to do to create and summer outfit! Hope this helps!

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  12. Love these kinds of posts!!

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  13. Great example! I love this. Starting to think maybe I need to pick up some scarves, something I've never tried wearing.

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  14. Try to find casual tops with interesting details to add a little more to your outfit like tiny ruffles on the sleeves or a little beading on the neckline. Ruching can be great too if it's your kind of thing.
    When I worked in a lab in college, my best friends were embellished tops and patterned cardigans to jazz up a "normal" combo of jeans+tee+cardigan+labcoat

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  15. I do this kind of thing every single day! I work at home in jeans and a tee and then add to it before going out for class, dinner or anything really

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  16. Leanna GiltmierThursday, May 02, 2013

    Love this - and let's say that I have a LOT more scarves than I did before i started reading your blog. :) But it's challenging for me to do this in warmer months - I can't add a jacket/cardi, or sometimes even a scarf, when it's 80+ out. any ideas for that??

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  17. Those are skinny jeans you've rolled once, right? I often see the look of rolled jeans/pants and really like it, but none of mine seem to look right when I try it. Maybe they're too loose? But it seems like I even see people rolling jeans with wider legs, and somehow they make it look great! Any tips on rolling jeans? And what leg widths work best? Thanks so much!

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  18. How about a necklace instead of a scarf during the hotter months?

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  19. Hey Leanna, I've answered this in other comments already, so check down below! :)

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  20. You actually make it seem really easy along with your presentation but I to find this matter to be really something which I believe I might never
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  21. So cute!! I love how you show to dress up some plain stuff because I always worry about when I'm too dressy.

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  22. I love reading tips like these. I'm not really a scarf person, but a statement necklace is my go-to. Super cute!

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  23. easy, breezy, beautiful! You are a doll & an outfit guru!

    xx
    Here&Now

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  24. Wow, this makes me think there might be hope for me. I can't tell you how useful this post is for me, more like this please!

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  25. Love it! I've used the same approach many-a-time when emerging into the world from my home office... it's such a simple formula that can be done with so many blazers/jackets/shoes/necklaces/scarves. But here's my issue: soon it will be way too hot to layer. And then I just feel boring. Hmmm.

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  26. I have this exact same issue! I've been trying to pair one of my flat booties with a pair of jeans but they need to be folded to look right...and I just haven't been able to get it right. 3 weeks later, said boots are still brand new and unworn!

    So I'm also interested to read some tips on this topic!

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  27. Love this post, Audrey! What a transformation after only adding a couple pieces! You've portrayed extremely well that casual doesn't have to be boring!

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  28. Very cute! It's awesome what just a few layers can do for an outfit. You look adorable as always :) Oh, and GO SHARKS!!!!!

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  29. Its amazing how 2 items can completely change a look! I need to work on that. Thanks for the reminder!



    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  30. Hey Heather! See the responses to the same question below in other comments. :)

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  31. Sometimes it's good to know that other bloggers don't look super dressed up all the time, but slightly change their outfit when they go out in public :) I do the same thing. I really like how the whole outfit looks more put together and stylish with just the addition of a few things :) You're so darn cute, Audrey!


    theoriginalbrynn.blogspot.com

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  32. I love how easily basics can be dressed up!

    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com
    www.daisyraeboutique.com

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  33. I love this post--very helpful--and it's the kind of thing I have to constantly have to remind myself. Looking cute doesn't always require a lot of effort--sometimes all you need is a little creativity!

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  34. I just got a pair of little suede booties like these....and I think they are going to change my (wardrobe's) life.

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