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A wardrobe must have a foundation to build looks upon. Whether it may be trendy or fashion forward, there comes a time when you must put to rest what the fashion forecast demands and get back to the basics. Now basic doesn’t have to mean dressing understatedly. Basic just means that what lies beneath stands the test of time. So how did basic become an insult? Well, the insult of being basic probably stemmed from the thought that an individual is not fashion forward or someone plays it too safe. However, fashion does not always have to be fashion forward. Sometimes it is just as fashion forward to make a statement in basic apparel as it is to make a statement in apparel that loudly states fashion forwardness.

To dress around basic territory, one must have at least a few statement making pieces to make an outfit interesting. For example, start with skinny jeans and a tank top. These are both basic apparel items that can easily be dressed up with accessories and added apparel. So to start turning your basics into conversation starters, pick out an embellished jacket, or crystal bib necklace the next time you go shopping. Bookmark stores that make a tradition of selling items that will most definitely make you stand out from the crowd. Try some online store like Baublebar, J. Crew and Express. If you love Baublebar go after the “Crystal Cleopatra Bib Necklace” for $68.

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Via Baublebar

This necklace has just enough crystals, chains and bronze metal to add personality to otherwise basic pieces. Pair this necklace with a tank top and skinny jeans for a day. Add a sequin cardigan and heels for an evening out in the city. If J Crew is more of your style lookout for the “Roxie Houndstooth Pumps” for $258.

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Via J. Crew

The “Schoolboy Blazer in Velvet” for $178.

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Via J. Crew

The “Crystal Spike Necklace” for $135.

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Via J. Crew

These pieces alone can make great outfits out of basic apparel.

If you are more of an Express gal, look for the “Color Block Moto Jacket” for $148.

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Via Express

The “Windowpane Wool Blend Infinity Scarf” in red or white for $49.90

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Via Express

The scarf and jacket would make a great outerwear statement if added to basic apparel.

See, treading in basic territory doesn’t have to end in the result of being safe. And, being basic doesn’t have to be such an insult. The key is to not be afraid to make a statement out of understated pieces. The end result could surprise you.

 

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