Monday, October 19, 2015

3 Ways to Elevate Your Basic Pieces

polka dot chambray, khaki skirt, leopard pumps
Chambray-Old Navy (similarsimilar) | Skirt-Ralph Lauren, thrifted (similarsimilar) | Heels-DSW (similar, similar) | Watch-c/o Daniel Wellington (exact
No matter how long you have been blogging, there comes a time when you start to forget about those classic pieces that form the foundation of a wardrobe. Items like black pants, white blouse, or neutral colored skirt are exactly what I am talking about. They are important pieces to have because they never go out of style, but they are certainly the first ones you forget about when you get a new item! Why? Because let's face it, they are kind of boring. 
So how can we make them less boring? The are certainly great foundation pieces and shouldn't be pushed to the back of your closet!
polka dot chambray, khaki skirt, leopard pumps

1. Pair them with prints

Just because they are neutral, basic pieces doesn't mean that is what they have to paired with neutral basic pieces. It means they go with anything so pair them with fun prints! 

polka dot chambray, khaki skirt, leopard pumps

2. Add bright colors

Again, neutral pieces play very nicely with bright colors like they do with prints. If you add more than one bright color they help to ground and balance the outfit as well. 

polka dot chambray, khaki skirt, leopard pumps

3. Throw on fun accessories

Accessories can make (or break) an outfit. With an all neutral outfit or one made of basic pieces, accessories can help add in current trends and elevate an outfit to the next level. Your basic pieces almost create a background for your accessories to shine! 

polka dot chambray, khaki skirt, leopard pumps

polka dot chambray, khaki skirt, leopard pumps
Chambray-Old Navy (similar, similar) | Skirt-Ralph Lauren, thrifted (similar, similar) | Heels-DSW (similar, similar) | Watch-c/o Daniel Wellington (exact

See how I've worn my polka dot chambray with a mustard cardigan, white shorts, blush jeans, anchor shorts, and mint tweed


20 comments:

  1. Loving your leopard print heels and your tips!

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  2. Great tips to remember! I love the leopard pumps with this look. :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  3. I love the subtle polka dots and those leopard heels! So fun!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  4. excellent tips! love them and this outfit, laura!

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  5. You make some great points. Neutral bottoms are just as important. Mixing them with leopard like you did here, gives the monochromatic look some oomph!

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  6. Amen to these pieces I keep forgetting about. I was in a "what to wear" rut this past week and weekend and sometimes it takes just pulling out the basics for sure. I need to remember to forget trends and just go with what is on hand and works. Thanks for the reminder.
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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  7. I have so many pieces I forget about. These are great tips for giving those classics a new look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  8. So elegant look!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  9. These are all such great tips. I think my favorite is adding fun accessories to the look! Those leopard heels are perfect with this outfit!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  10. These are great tips! My very favorite outfits tend to be full of wardrobe staples. They're what I wear when I don't know what to wear!

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  11. Love the tips Laura! My favorite is adding a new accessory, that almost always helps me breath life back into an old favorite.

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  12. I always forget about those classic pieces! Especially if it's a solid coloured dress. Great tips for dressing them up. I have a red dress in mind that I need to add some fun accessories to...

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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  13. I love your outfit! so cute! Great tips!!!!!

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  14. We must always keep remixing the classics, and fun print mixes definitely keep things fresh!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  15. Thanks for the tips! You reminded me of various classic pieces that I've not been wearing for a while. Have a nice week!

    Danielle
    www.spring2spring.com

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  16. Love those leopard pumps! My leopard shoes are basically a neutral in my wardrobe, they just go with everything!

    Laura
    Laura Aime Vous

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  17. Oh, neat! Love those shoes. And I love my neutrals! I am working on doing the same thing, pairing them with color, instead of with each other.

    I saw you on Monday Mingle. Here's my Monday Mingle post...
    http://www.midlifemakeover.me/2015/10/fall-fashion-challenge-for-dressing.html

    Have a great week!
    Jeanine

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