Basics are basic, and there’s no way around it.
If you’re building a style sandwich, basics are the bread: Necessary, sturdy, foundational, and often a bit dull. It’s up to you to fill that sandwich with tasty meat or cheese or veggies, and smear on some tastebud-tantalizing condiments and then poke a frilly toothpick through it all with a grand, “TA DA!”
So let’s talk about that, shall we? Here are a few ways to make your personal style-sandwich zippy and delish, even if you are building it atop two slices of plain old wheat bread:
Black knee-length skirt, pencil or A-line
Think this classic piece must be worn with a twinset and pearls? Erin from Work with What You’ve Got proves it’s not so.
Fitted white tee
Convinced that white tees are far too casual for work? I beg to differ.
Are blazers the exclusive domain of buttoned-up lawyers? Kasmira of What I Wore Today thinks not!
Basic black pumps
Think these simple shoes are unbearably boring? Just take a look at what Elsita of The Hidden Seed does with hers.
Knee-high leather boots
Under the impression that knee-high boots must be paired with skinny jeans and skinny jeans alone? The ladies at academichic have other ideas.
LBD – little BRIGHT dress
Feel like a brightly colored dress would have to be the sole focal point of an outfit? Audi of Fashion for Nerds proves it can be one element among many.
Opaque tights in black and/or heather gray
Imagine you need brightly colored tights to create rich winter outfits? Andrea of A Cat of Impossible Colour shows it’s not so.
These basics can be worn in any number of highly personal, highly stylized, highly expressive ways. Don’t go thinking that basics should be thrown on and done with: Customize them using your own flourishes.
And maybe some mustard and a pickle.
Images at top courtesy Banana Republic.
Originally posted 2009-11-17 07:02:00.