Basics Feeling “Blah”? Try Mixing Up Your Wardrobe With These Pieces

There are many benefits of a capsule wardrobe: Basic items are classic, chic, and interchangeable, which makes getting ready so much easier. Plus, you can spend a little more on higher-quality pieces while saying “no” to fast fashion, which means you are reducing your carbon footprint. But some days, you need a little extra something to take a basic outfit from “blah“ to beautiful. Here are some suggestions!

Fun Socks

We don’t mean the brightest, boldest ’90s cartoon socks. We mean bold plaid or woolen sweater socks that will go with your favorite neutral pieces. Pairing these socks with neutral cropped pants and an oversized sweater adds a tiny fun element to your look. Plus, as the days get colder, we’re all about adding layers in an interesting way.

Our Pick: United by Blue Printed SoftHemp Socks ($16, shop here)

Graphic Sweatshirt

Graphic sweatshirts are just as essential as graphic tees these days. No matter what level of casualness you’re trying to achieve, you can always comfortably throw on a graphic sweatshirt with jeans, a floral miniskirt, or a button-down midi skirt and look cool but put-together. The sweatshirt doesn’t have to be loud, but it can have a fun element while staying within the bounds of a minimalist look.

Our Pick: Natural Life Flower Cropped Sweatshirt ($38, shop here)

Claw Clip

Hair accessories still count as a part of your ’fit, and we are obsessed with claw clips. Plus, these clips give us big ’90s businesswoman vibes. If your outfit feels a little drab, liven it up with a fun ode to the 1990s trend.

Our Pick: Bellefixe Bellebasics Medium Jaw Clip ($9.50, shop here)

Slip Skirt

We are obsessed with all things silk, and perhaps our favorite piece is a classic slip skirt, which is a great way to add texture and juxtaposition to your outfit. You can snag just about any length and any color you want. We love the idea of French-tucking an oversized black sweater into a cream slip skirt, then pairing it with bold pointed-toe flats or chunky Dr. Martens boots to complete your look.

Our Pick: Vince Satin Slip Skirt ($265, shop here)

Bold Sweater

While you may typically be drawn to the simplicity of a plain sweater, we challenge you to liven up your wardrobe by adding at least one bold sweater to the mix. A bold sweater could entail a crazy print or off-the-wall color, but we promise you: If you’re feeling your outfit is a little blah, a bold sweater will fix that.

Our Pick: Urban Outfitters Ellie Printed Pullover Sweater ($69, shop here)

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