6 Style Basics You Can Dress Up or Down

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Style is luxury – here are six basics that you can wear up or down.

Every woman’s closet should have a few basics that can be worn in every setting—from weekday wear to night out attire. We’re taking a look at 6 basics that can be dressed up or down with the right accents to complement them.

1. A versatile pair of shoes.

Shoes are often a point of weakness for fashionable ladies—you can never seem to have enough of them. But you really don’t need to have a Carrie Bradshaw-style shoe closet to achieve a refined, fashionable look that can go from day to night. A pair of flat pointed toe shoes is really all you need to make your shoe collection complete. If you’d describe your style as more bold or inventive, opt for a printed flat. Or, if you’re going for a more professional, refined look, you may want to choose a basic flat that complements the rest of your closet.

Dressed up

Dress up a pair of flats for an elegant look:

  • Feminine midi dress.
  • Or an edgy pantsuit.

Dressed down

For a more casual look, opt for these accessories:

  • Cuffed distressed denim jeans.
  • Or, casual cotton top with an ankle-length printed skirt.

2. High waisted pants.

High waisted pants are a must-have in 2019. From the office to happy hour, to a night out on the town, a pair of colored high waisted pants can do it all.  Plus, they are super flattering for all body types! Just be sure to buy neutral colors that fit into your capsule wardrobe—like tobacco, black, or denim.

Dressed up

Pair your colored or neutral high waisted pants with these items for a dressed-up evening look:

  • Simple blouse, tucked in
  • Pair of statement earrings
  • Heeled mules

Dressed down

Or, go for a more relaxed daytime look with these basic items:

  • Crisp white tee
  • Simple gold necklace
  • Sunglasses

3. A little black dress or jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits just might be the little black dress of our time, and we’re here for it. Whether you’re going for a daytime wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe or a night out in the clubs of New York City, a jumpsuit is a perfect sidekick to any adventure.

Dressed up

Take on a night on the town with precision and a pop of color:

  • Leather jacket
  • Bold lip color
  • Elegant jewelry

Dressed down

Pair your little black dress or jumpsuit with these accessories for Sunday brunch with the girls:

  • Wide brim hat
  • Sandals
  • Kimono

4. Basic Tees.


Every girl needs a few basic tees in their closet to act as a foundation for each outfit. Choose neutral colors like black, white, and browns to match with anything else in your closet.

Dressed up

Basic tees work for the office, too! Just pair with these items to dress up your classic shirt:

  • Structured trousers
  • Pointed heel
  • Blazer
  • Jewelry

Dressed down

For a comfy, casual cruise at the beach, complete your look with these accessories:

  • Boyfriend jeans
  • Sandals or flats
  • Cuff bracelet

5. Button up shirt.


One or two button-up shirts are really all you need to account for all of your professional looks. Pick a printed one to incorporate a little personality into your standard office outfits. Or, wear with a pair of light jeans for a slightly elevated daytime look.

Dressed up

Looking for a feminine date night get up? Try out this look:

  • A pencil skirt or fitted pants
  • Simple accessories such as a luxury watch

Dressed down

Or, grab a cup of coffee with your date sporting this simple look:

  • Jeans or denim shorts
  • Sunglasses

6. Denim jacket.

Denim jackets have been a staple and signature piece in every “effortlessly cool” style icon since before we can even remember. No matter which shade of denim you get, vintage or new, you can work a denim jacket into any look. Choose a relaxed, roomy fit for more casual events, and a structured one to complete a look for going out or working at the office.

Dressed up

Achieve the punk rock look of your dreams by wearing this:

  • Long black dress
  • Blocked heels
  • Embellished clutch

Dressed down

Go see some live music wearing this outfit:

  • Band Tee
  • Black jeans or different color denim jeans
  • Leather backpack

In conclusion

You don’t need an unlimited budget and walk-in closet to be your own favorite style icon. Simply follow these tips to take your basics from dressy to dressed down.

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