Tips & Tricks

One Base, 4 Outfits: How to Style Your Basics 

A good wardrobe starts with choosing the good basic pieces, however, sometimes after putting together a collection of classy and high-quality basics, you feel like you are still lacking style and your outfits don’t have a personal touch. This is exactly where our article comes in handy, as our goal is to prove to you that simple outfits don’t have to be boring, and with only a few finishing touches, you’ll be able to add style and colour to your looks. Today, we’ll show you how you can create distinctive ensembles starting from the plainest base layer possible: a black t-shirt and a pair of black straight-leg trousers. 

Black Cropped Tweed Jacket 

Tweed jackets have been a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe for decades, but the trendier cropped designs are a newer fashion invention that certainly deserves your attention. When pairing your jeans and t-shirt with such a cropped tweed jacket, you create a chic, totally black outfit that is perfect for any occasion, be it a work day, a late night date, shopping with friends, or even travelling. The key rule to remember that for creating a stunning outfit like this is that all your black clothing items should match perfectly in shade. 

Oversized Grey Blazer 

Totally black outfits are great, but sometimes we all feel like changing things a bit, even when we have to stick to strict office dress codes or a more neutral colour palette. In this case, we suggest wearing an oversized grey blazer on top of your base layers to complete the look. The bulky blazer will look like you’ve stolen it from your boyfriend’s wardrobe, adding a touch of edginess to the ensemble. Finish the outfit with a pair of chunky platform trainers, a cross-body bag, and your favourite pieces of jewellery and you’re good to go. 

Knit Irish Cardigan Sweater 

Irish knit cardigan sweaters are essentials in your clothing collection, especially during spring and autumn, as they make the best garment for those days when you don’t feel like carrying around a jacket yet still don’t want to freeze in the mornings. Irish cardigans are known for their traditional Aran patterns that will make your outfit have more volume, texture, and overall visual interest. You can get such a jumper online at and you can either choose a neutral colour like black or cream for toned-down looks or go wild with green or red for a more eye-catching ensemble. 

Bright Sweater Vest 

Cardigans aren’t the only knitwear items you should have in your wardrobe: over the last decade, sweater vests have demonstrated their longevity as versatile pieces that can be used in a variety of outfits. Such vests were proven to be particularly great during springtime, since you can add them on top of many garments, from shirts to dresses, to make the outfit have more colour and a more interesting touch. Choose an oversized sweater vest with a bright checkered pattern and wear it over your base layer to put together an outfit that will boost your mood. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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