The concept of ‘elevating’ within a wardrobe involves taking a basic garment and pairing it with something fancier in order to create a look that is both wearable and fabulous.
Mixing high and low elements is what gives a woman that ‘I don’t know how she does it’ style that is so often admired by others.
At the 1996 Academy Awards, Sharon Stone shocked the fashion world. She appeared on the red carpet wearing an incredible Valentino skirt, a velvet Armani blazer….and a black turtleneck from the Gap. Really! She crossed a line and made a mainstream mall item into a red carpet stunner!
She looked amazing! Never before had a celebrity so publicly paired such a basic, every day garment with couture pieces.
Two years later, Sharon Stone did it again. She paired a Vera Wang lilac maxi skirt with a classic white button-down shirt from Gap at the 1998 Oscars. These two ensembles remain excellent examples of the simplicity and appeal of elevated style.
Both Anthropologie and J Crew are masters at the art of elevated style. They understand the attraction of mixing the everyday with the amazing! A little bit of pizzazz can provide an outfit with the oomph it needs to become dynamite instead of just okay.
Here are 5 simple ways to elevate your everyday outfits…
Pair a fancy skirt with a t-shirt and flats.
Wear ripped jeans with a velvet blazer.
Add a sparkly, statement necklace to a plain sweater or blouse.
Rock some jeans and a sweatshirt with your party shoes.
Top a pretty dress with a leather or denim jacket.
Finish any outfit with a sequined scarf.
The trick is to keep the balance…one ‘special’ piece can elevate the simplest outfit. Try it!
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