Leonardo da Vinci once said that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” And while he may not be a fashion guru, his saying holds true – especially when it comes to dressing up.

In essence, you need not go gaga on over-the-top garments just to look amazing. In fact, all you need to do is dress your basic essentials up. If you’re clueless as to how to do this, then make sure to take inspiration from these tips on dressing simple but stylish.

1. Add a Pop of Print

Want a beautiful everyday look you can take from work – to the bar? Then make it a point to pair your simple staples with a pop of print.

For one, you can spruce up your plain t-shirt by pairing it with an animal-print skirt. Finish the look with a simple necklace and bag and you’re good to go!

Tip: If you’re scared of prints, opt for minimal patterns – basically outfits that are not that loud. It could be as simple as stripes – to the more delicate small floral patterns. Any of these would make for easy pairing – especially if you’re fond of wearing basic style essentials.

2. Play with Different Textures

Are you guilty of sticking to a monochrome outfit? Well, you can take this simple attire to a whole new level by playing with different textures.

To achieve this, wear your heavy or bulky sweater with a more delicate bottom such as a pleated skirt. Don’t forget to do the half-tuck for an Instagram-model look.

Last but not the least, try to break the monotony by donning brightly-colored shoes.

3. It’s All About the Placement

More often than not, it’s all about the details.

Yes, you can still wear your favorite essentials – such as a button-down shirt, a nice sweater, a pencil skirt, and your tried-and-tested slides. But if you want an updated style, then try to experiment with the placement of some of your clothes.

For example, instead of just wearing your sweater, put it over your shoulders. Not only will this revamp your look, but it can make you chicer as well!

4. You Do Hue

If you want to make a bold statement at work – or at a night out – then make sure to go for colorful outfit ideas.

Here, you’ll see how lavender blends nicely with mustard. And since the colors are so vibrant, you don’t have to worry much about accessorizing.

If you’re wary about how your color combinations would look, you can always refer to this cheat sheet. Just refer to the opposing colors (i.e. pink and baby blue or orange and navy blue) and you’ll know which shades look great together.

5. It’s More Than Just a Button-Down

A button-down blouse, without a doubt, is a piece that looks great with everything. However, you can upgrade it even further to make you look stylish AF.

For one, you can transform your button-down polo into a sweater of sorts. Wear it on top of your favorite dress (or any other outfit), making sure that some of the top buttons are undone. Don’t forget to knot the ends! Pair this outfit with a cute bag and sandals to complete your style.

6. Wear it Wrong

Want to wear your button-down top the way Instagram influencers do? Then all you need to do is wear it in a ‘wrong’ way. Take the case of this model, who wore the top in reverse. She also styled it in a way that transformed the blouse into an asymmetrical top.

This goes to show that you don’t need to buy the newest trends just to look stylish. All you just need to do is experiment with your wardrobe essentials to get a unique look.

7. Make a Statement

Do you find it hard to part with your neutral-colored wardrobe? Well, you don’t have to forego your style (or the office’s outfit regulations) to look cute. You can, however, embellish it with the use of attention-grabbing accessories.

You’re sure to earn praises by pairing your otherwise neutral attire with a statement necklace or dangling earrings. Remember – these pieces should not only be reserved during the summer. For a stand-out look, make sure to pair them with your otherwise simple garments.

8. Bundle Up!

Baby, it’s cold outside!

In this winter-ish temp, the best way to keep warm and sophisticated is to layer well. That doesn’t mean putting on things haphazardly though! Remember: you will still want to look classy even if you are cold.

To achieve such a look, wear an oversized blazer on top of your long-sleeved knit top. Pair these with ripped jeans and nude stiletto heels to create a balance between your classic and casual clothes. As for the bag, a sleek black tote would do – though you can always go for a more vibrant color.

9. Dress to Impress

Do you have a lot of summer dresses – but can’t wear them out because it’s too cold? Well, there is a way to don these cute frocks. All you just need to do is wear a long-sleeved shirt (or a short-sleeved one, it’s up to you) underneath your fun summer dress. Complete the outfit with sneakers for a sporty feel – or boots for a more formal tone.

This get-up will not only keep you warm – but it could also give that pop of color (or print) to brighten up your dreary day!

10. Hurray for Sweatpants

Who says sweatpants aren’t fashionable? You can actually make it look high-end by following Sarah Jessica Parker’s styling tip: and that is to wear it with sleek high heels! It doesn’t matter whether you wear a shapeless top (though you can always wear a dressier one), your heels are sure to make your entire look sexy.

The best thing about this outfit is that it’s very comfortable – except for your feet, of course. So if you feel like taking your homely look to the streets, then put on your heels and you’re good to go.

Looking simple does not necessarily equate to being boring. With these fashion tips, you can be a style star – wherever you might be!

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