4 Foolproof Ways to Dress Up Basics Fashion Pieces

Everyone knows you can never have too many basic fashion items in your closet. Like the reliable friend that always has your back, basics will get you through whatever life throws at you. But what do you do when your basics are making you feel a little, well… basic? And how do you dress up a t-shirt?

We’ve got the remedy. Read on for our secret-weapon picks that every woman should keep in her closet. Find out how to dress up jeans and a t-shirt — a fan favorite.These wardrobe staples will pull together any outfit and transform your look from blah to Beyonce.

The Statement Jacket

Trendy woman in white shag fur jacket

Yep. This one's a classic. Bold jackets in eye-catching designs can turn your dull basic fashion outfit into a full-blown fashion statement. Wondering how to dress up a t-shirt? Throw a statement jacket on top and you’re the most interesting girl in the room. Instant compliment magnet. Plus, if you’re feeling a little shy from all the attention, you can always just... ya know, take it off. But we guarantee you won’t want to.

We’re loving faux fur and snakeskin jacket designs for a flashy look that’s perfectly on-trend.

The Sexy Boot

Just trust us on this one. A sexy boot will spice up any outfit you wear them with. Throw on some knee-high snakeskin boots with a pair of denim shorts and you’ll see exactly what we mean. In fact, heeled boots look best with clean lines, so they’re the perfect way to dress up a classic jeans and t-shirt combo. Metallic booties paired with black skinny jeans are another unexpected yet sexy statement. You’ll get a look that’s business up top, party on the bottom. But in a good way (not an 80’s way).

If you’re struggling to find out how to dress up jeans and a t-shirt, we think we’ve just given you the answer.

The Chic Jewelry

Smiling woman in white tank and gold necklaces

Early humans used jewelry as a way to express their individuality. As it turns out, not much has changed. Lucky for us, jewelry’s not just for the rich and royal anymore. Now it’s a low-commitment yet high-impact way to pull together your look, even if the foundations are just basic fashion pieces.

This season we’re loving all-gold everything. Gold’s universally flattering hue and warm sheen will complement any basic look. And when you keep the design simple, you can layer gold pieces together without looking busy. Pair some chunky gold hoops with a simple gold chain necklace and a crisp white tank for a look that’s somehow classy, yet sexy, yet understated. This is a fantastic way to show how you can dress up a t-shirt, too!

For a retro-chic look, acrylic earrings are totally having a moment. A pair of acrylic tortoise hoops will elevate any plain white tank and have you looking like a 60’s cinema babe.

Accessories Galore

Belts, Hats, Scarves, Bags — there’s no shortage of ways to transform your basics fashion with a perfectly placed accessory. The trick here is to not go overboard and pile everything on at once. Instead, choose one key statement piece — like a snakeskin belt or a suede floppy brim hat, to add visual interest and pull everything together.

Adding a few bold and unexpected pieces to your wardrobe is the perfect way to switch up your look without breaking the bank. You’ll fall in love with your basics all over again as you play around with different ways to style and accessorize. Book a styling appointment today and let Swank’s fashion experts find the perfect pieces to spice up those basics!


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