Building on the Basics

For those new to TSS, capsule wardrobes and investing in versatile pieces is the basis of most shared here. One key benefit of capsule building is having a few go-to essentials that you can wear and re-wear time and time again throughout each season. It’s extremely valuable and likewise, rewarding.

Whether you’re heavily into capsule building or not, we all have basics in our closet – the white button down, a classic white tee, a denim jacket, our favorite pair of jeans, maybe a blazer – things that we wear year round. And while their value increases with each wear, the outfit pairings can often become repetitive. Ever re-wear an item so much that people start commenting it’s all you own? I’ve been there. Doesn’t mean I’ll give my outfit repeater title up tho. I find joy in consistency and know its benefit.

But there can come a point where style becomes stagnant and feels a little dull, am I right? It’s there that I am reminded ‘making the most out of your closet’ requires more than the re-wear. It often needs a refresh. I’ve found adding a spice of creativity can do your closet a whole lot of good when our style relies heavily on those basics.

So to steer away from stagnancy, I thought to take these basics in closet and elevate them a little. Let’s take these ordinary pieces and breathe them new life with fresh accessories, trends, and a whole lot of creativity this season! My newest ‘building on the basics’ series is in full swing on all socials – today’s post recaps the first 4 and the outfits built on them!

white button up

First up is the white button up. To start, I tucked this linen option it into high waisted paper bag pants. I wanted to bring in a neutral contrast and texture so I chose a raffia heel, cream colored raffia hoops, and a woven hand bag. Opting for the linen relaxes the look and makes it cohesive with the season. This fit is chic, creative, and far from basic.

leopard skirt

I know I am not the only one who considers leopard print neutral. Bright colors are very on trend for Spring. Jump on board and pair the skirt with this bright hydrangea colored cashmere sweater. With your statement in place, balance the rest and keep simple. Gold hoops, a delicate chain necklace, sneakers, and the cutest mini backpack complete this playful elevated look. 

white midi dress

Next up is a white midi dress (similar). To be honest, this is my absolute favorite way to elevate a dress. Adding a blazer reads chic and sophisticated. and belting it helps to bring shape.  You can keep it simple as is, or add in a leopard mule and woven handbag for contrast and texture.

point flats

Let’s see what we can do with these everyday point flats! They may not be a statement piece, but rather serve a compliment to other items you may not wear everyday.  This ruffle blouse is a favorite. When tucked into jeans, the flats compliment the dressy casual vibe I am going for. Layer and complete with a trench and black tote.

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