5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai Living
I’m about to make a big confession here folks. Despite all the high heels and cocktail dresses in my closet, I’m really just a jeans, tee shirt, and Converse kind of girl. What I do love though – is looking a little pulled together, even in basics. So, I’m sharing 5 tips to elevate a basic outfit today.  

This stuff is not rocket science, and I think you’ll have all the ‘tools’ you need for these updates in your closet already. I promise you, these are super easy upgrades to your everyday look that will put a little pep in your step, and ensure you don’t duck when you see someone you know at the grocery store, playground, or your local coffee shop.

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5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit

Tuck your shirt in:
Anytime you where a button up tuck it in – instant polish. If you are self-conscious about tucking (which you shouldn’t be), try a half tuck, or just tuck the front in and leave the back hanging. I wish I had a split screen to show you in these pictures, but just imagine a sloppy untucked version of me as before’s k.

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit via Pink Chai Living

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit via Pink Chai Living

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit via Pink Chai Living

Wear a scarf:
I wear them all year round – warm ones in the winter, and cool ones in the summer. A v-neck sweater and and jeans go from basic to outfit with this simple add-on. In the summer I love that they give some interest to a basic dress without adding a full layer.

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit via Pink Chai Living

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai Living

Mix patterns:
If you wear black all day everyday, you might want to start with wear patterns. If you already have a few patterns in your closet, trying mixing them up. I could have easily worn a plain navy or beige cardigan with the pink dress below, but I decided to pair it with stripes for a little interest.

 

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai Living

Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai

Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai

Throw on some fun shoes: 
This doesn’t have to be high heels, but I do love wearing my stilettos for days I’m not moving from my desk! Other options are cute sandals, fun flats, and colourful Converse. Just changing things up in the footwear department can make an outfit feel fresh.

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai Living

Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai LIving

Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit

Mix your Indian and Western Wardrobe. 
I’ve talked about creating Indo-Western looks before, and it’s something I love to do when I’m feeling a bit bored with my wardrobe. The easiest looks to pull off are kurti with jeans or leggings, but I also try to use my jewelry and dupattas a lot too. (The dupatta with the pom-poms was a DIY). I know some people are nervous or hesitant to wear desi clothes in public, but I’ve just gotten so used it over the years it doesn’t make me feel anxious anymore.

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai Living

5 Tips to Elevate a Basic Outfit | Pink Chai

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There you have my 5 tips to elevate a basic outfit, what are yours? How do you make an everyday look feel a little more special? Share in the comments!

 

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