The word basic has taken on a few negative connotations in the last few years. One of its implications is that its underwhelming. I believe the definition needs to be redefined. Basic for me is equivalent to essential. Essential pieces are building blocks to crafted a style all your own. Style is all about balance. Overstated paired with understated; bright and bold with muted and classic. Balance comes in opposites. To prove this point I'm releasing another installment of 3 ways to slay centered around a "basic" top. This particular top comes from JC Penny and it is definitely an affordable essential. The 3 looks include pieces from Eloquii to show you how to combine trendy with basics. Eloquii is fast becoming the go to store for trendy chic womenswear. The three looks highlight Eloquii with my "basic" clothing option to give you the idea of how to maximize the style potential of basics. Remember-- Balance is key. Keep scrolling for outfit details.
I love to take flashy trendy items and "dress them down". The basic top and the chambray make the skirt more casual. It's the perfect way to spice up everyday wear without giving up trends or one's personal style. If I want a little more fun, tie the button up like a crop top. It makes the look just a bit more flirty. If you want to switch up more, change shoes. What a difference a shoe makes, right?
Skirt: Eloquii (Similar) | Necklace: Beads.us
The pencil skirt is a classic cut. I opted for this vibrant green to pair with the basic top. It's still classic but in an atypical color. My tip for this look is to try orange, green or lighter shades of purple skirts if you can find it. It will breathe new life into your basics and spark some creativity in your daily choices. You know I'm a sucker for a statement necklace, so I chose smartly. I used lighter shades of green and blue to add a pop of color on top of color. It's the easiest way to break up monotony in a color block look if you need more.
Pants: Eloquii | Poncho: Eloquii (Similar)
The best thing about a poncho is that it covers like a jacket and is free like a scarf. I love its flexibility. The only downside is that it may move as much as you do and fall off. I simply put a thin tie around it at my waist. It not only helps the poncho stay stationary, but its also a extra detail that ties your look together.
Hopefully each look inspires you to put more faith into your basics by incorporating them more and more into your looks.