Do you ever look at some of the girls that pop up on your Instagram feed and think to yourself, How is it that they always look so good? It’s literally my job to write about fashion and even I find myself in a state of envy over their polished and stylish ensembles on the regular. Hundreds of aspirational saved images later, I started to realize that there is a formula to their dressing success and it has everything to do with the 10 items below.
When wanting to get an instant style reboot, we tend to run straight towards all the shiny new trends, but in reality, that’s not what is setting these cool girls apart from the crowd—it’s their integration of elevated basics that make any outfit of their choosing look instantly better. Luckily, I found the secret to their aesthetically pleasing style and have broken it down for you all below. It’s thanks to the handful of very approachable pieces that the fashion girls we love to follow look cool all the time, so sit back, take notes, and start shopping.
1. Big Blazers
Oversize blazers seem to be the trendy basic that just won’t quit. Fashion girls throw them on over everything from tank tops to short dresses for that extra polish.
Shop oversize blazers:
H&M Oversized Jacket ($35)
Zara Straight Cut Faux Leather Blazer ($119)
2. White Button-Downs
Whether it’s worn while lounging or out to dinner, this wardrobe staple is one that’s worn on repeat by fashion girls around the globe. We prefer ours a tad oversize, but you do you.
Treasure & Bond Gauzy Cotton Tunic Blouse ($69)
Amazon Essentials Regular-Fit Long-Sleeve Pocket Oxford Shirt ($18)
3. Gold Jewelry
The easiest way to elevate the simplest of basics is via layered gold jewelry. The above look is the perfect example of how a few necklaces can make even a black turtleneck feel 10 times cooler.
Shop gold jewelry:
Jules Smith Lobster Claw Pendant Necklace ($70)
Shashi Dominique Hoop Earrings ($45)
4. Straight-Leg Jeans
If the current baggy jeans trend isn’t for you, opt for a classic straight-leg style. This cut looks great with all shoe styles and will always feel current.
Shop straight-leg jeans:
Topshop High Waist Runway Jeans ($56)
Levi’s Plus Ribcage Straight Leg Ankle Grazer Jeans ($151)
5. Knee-High Boots
The secret to making any short hemline look absolutely fire? Knee-high boots. No matter the color or the heel height, this outfit combination is one that stylish women are constantly repeating.
Shop knee-high boots:
Mango Heel Leather Boot ($80)
Manu Atelier Knee High Multipanel XX Duck Boots ($745)
6. White Tanks
This one needs no explanation, so take this as a sign to finally replace all your worn-out tanks and invest in a couple of new ones. Trust me—they will be a go-to once again in your spring wardrobe rotation.
Shop white tanks:
WSLY Rivington Ribbed Tank ($68)
Forever 21 Plus Size Cotton-Blend Tank Top ($13)
7. Vintage-Looking Sunnies
Retro frames are what fashion girls have been relying on to make an outfit full of basics feel instantly fresh and on-trend.
Shop vintage-looking sunglasses:
Lexxola Damien / Black / Yellow ($267)
Butaby Rectangle Sunglasses ($11)
8. Simple Kitten Heels
Elevate any pair of denim or trousers with a simple and classic small heel. Be it a strappy sandal or a pointed-toe pump, these shoes will never fail you, I can guarantee.
Shop simple kitten heels:
Manolo Blahnik Maysale Buckled Suede Mules ($745)
Zara Textured Heeled Mules ($50)
9. Leather Pants
Honestly, most fashion girls prefer leather pants to their jeans. Even during warmer months, these cool pants prove to be the perfect counterpart to a cropped tank or breezy button-down.
Shop faux-leather pants:
Agolde ’90s Pinch Waist Recycled Leather High Waist Pants ($298)
Eloquii Tie Waist Wide Leg Faux Leather Pant ($105)
10. Baguette Bags
Baguette bags are the handbag trend that just won’t quit. Get yourself one to throw on your shoulder and get ready for your outfit to transform into something fashion girl–approved in seconds flat.
Shop baguette bags:
Who What Wear Selene Faux Leather Shoulder Bag ($70)
By FAR Rachel Bag ($390)
This post was previously published and has since been updated.
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