Hi there, and welcome to Dressed for My Day. If you’re like me, you probably love the idea of dressing up, but more often than not you throw on simple pieces. I gravitate toward jeans, joggers or maybe simple cords most days. And I appreciate the ease of a solid white t-shirt or maybe a basic, monotone sweater. But when I leave the house in my simple uniform I like to turn the dial up so that I don’t look quite so much like oatmeal. Right? Today I have 7 easy, quick ways to take your outfit from simple to stylish.
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1. Go just a little wild
Add just a splash of animal print or texture to your ensemble. This is such an easy way to elevate the style factor of even the simplest blue jeans and t-shirt outfit. And animal prints and textures are really trending right now.
You can add faux cheetah, leopard, zebra or even giraffe print. Or you could ratchet up the style factor with the texture of faux snake, crocodile or fur. Usually, you want to choose just one piece of animal print or texture per outfit, but then again, you might do fine with both a thin faux crocodile belt and leopard print shoes, so just use your best judgment. But, to keep the look truly chic, don’t overdo it.
Here are some more great “wild” options currently available to help turn the dial on your simple outfits:
2. Put Your Money in the Bag
If you’re going to splurge somewhere, invest in a designer handbag. Certainly, buy it when it is significantly on sale. But a well structured, neutral toned handbag is an investment you can use for years.
But if you still don’t want to spend so much on a designer brand, at least carry a more structured bag. In other words, choose a bag that stands up on it’s own when you put it down. Sure, we all love a sack-like bag occasionally, but to crank up your look from simple to stylish, select a more polished looking, structured bag. Consider a structured satchel, clutch or shoulder bag. And choose one in a more neutral color such as grey, black, taupe or beige, maybe burgundy.
A structured bag elevates your look because it appears more expensive and polished. It also makes you look more confident and professional. I’m certainly not saying to ditch your other bags, ladies. Remember, this post is just about how to elevate your simple look with one easy component. And you truly can walk out of the house in jeans, a t-shirt and a blue jean jacket, carrying a taupe structured handbag and look more sophisticated and polished.
Here are a few current offerings of structured handbags in a variety of price points:
3. Top it off with a Blazer
A simple, well structured blazer can add so much polish and elegance…even to a t-shirt and jeans. Choose a simple black, grey, navy or white, or go with a classic plaid. Shoot you can also add a pink or red or yellow, but you’ll undoubtedly get more mileage out of a more classic shade or pattern.
Here are some other great blazers to choose from right now…at several price points (some are on sale and you’ll have to click through for sale prices):
4. Tie One On…in Silk
A great way to ratchet up your look is by tying on a pretty silk (or silky!) scarf. I don’t have a photo for this, but fortunately for us Ann Taylor has featured their scarves with simple white tees.
I’ve learned from listening to other women that it takes a measure of confidence to even wear a scarf. So many women think that others look great with a scarf, but that they don’t. Y’all. That is such a lie. Every woman can wear a scarf and look beautiful. Yes, you need to learn to tie it on in a way that best suits your neckline, bosom, shoulders, etc. But you can wear a scarf.
That’s why I say it takes confidence. You really have to learn to like yourself in a scarf, get used to seeing yourself with a scarf and then own. the. scarf! And then, when you wear a little silk swab of fabric with a white t-shirt and jeans, suddenly your look elevates from simple to stylish…all because you look confident and lovely!
Here are some beautiful scarves that are currently available and beautiful for the fall:
5. Stay in the solid
Honestly, if you really want to look chic and elegant, stick with solids. Yes, I love pretty prints and florals, too. And I have them and wear them. But if I want to just wear jeans and a simple shirt, but I want my look to be elevated, I’ll keep my jeans simple and my t-shirt solid. I’ll also keep my jacket or cardigan solid, too. It’s not that prints can’t be stylish; obviously they can. But solids just read more chic at first glance.
6. Point Your Toes!
I remember when I was taking ballet lessons – a long, long, long time ago! – that we were constantly being instructed to, “Point your toes!” Why? Because pointed toes look more elegant than cocked feet!
Well, pointy toe shoes also look more chic and classy than rounded or squared toe shoes. That does not mean all of your shoes need to be pointy toed! But if you want to elevate the look of your jeans and t-shirt before you walk out the door, slip on your shoes with pointy toes.
Notice that all the pointy toe shoes above are paired with jeans. The look would not have been the same without them.
I often get asked, when I show an outfit with heels, if flats could achieve the same look. Yes, almost, if they are pointy toe flats. So if you don’t wear heels, but you want to achieve a chic look with your jeans or dress pants, try pointy toe flats over squared toe loafers or rounded toe ballet flats. The effect is noticeably different.
7. Go Ahead and Keep It Simple
My final tip for elevating the style quotient of your simple jeans and t-shirt? Go ahead and keep it simple. Skip the big, chunky statement necklace, push aside the printed cardigan, leave behind the handbag with all the flourishes, pass on the fringed statement earrings and even tone down your make-up. Keep it simple instead.
If you go with one of the six tips above, then stop there. Don’t add a leopard print belt, a silky scarf, a plaid blazer and pointy toe red shoes, for heaven’s sake! Keep it simple. Simple is beautiful. Simple is elegant. Simple is sophisticated and chic.
Just let it be. That’s how you go from simple to stylish.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Remember, the purpose of this post isn’t to indicate that these are the only stylish choices you can make. The point is to indicate simple, quick additions you can make to a basic jeans and t-shirt outfit in order to elevate you look from simple to stylish. Obviously, you can make different choices and still look fabulously in style!
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Have a blessed and beautiful day!
Blessed for My Day
Do you ever get lonely? If the kids are grown and gone, friends are busy or have moved away, your husband is occupied or maybe even passed, and social media connections seem distant and cold, it’s normal to grow lonely occasionally. In fact, even if your life is full and busy and crowded with people…it’s normal to feel all alone at times. Why? Because no one can resonate with our hearts 24/7…except the One who made us and knows us most intimately. Our souls were created for fellowship with our Maker. And that cry of loneliness that emanates from within is really a call to meet your God in sweet, intimate communion. Dear friend, I hope for you today to make time to meet with Him. And I hope for you to find sweet satisfaction in His presence. May you know that He is searching for you, calling for you, waiting for you, anticipating you. You may feel lonely, but you are never alone. May you feel His abounding and tender companionship throughout this day.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalm 16:11