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Elevate Your Basics: Transform Simple Pieces Into French Chic Style

Fashion is all about versatility and creativity, and that's why having a wardrobe full of basic pieces is a must. However, basic pieces can sometimes become boring, which is why I want to show you how to elevate your basics and transform them into stylish and chic outfits.

Today, I will focus on how to bring the French chic style into your wardrobe and show you how to take your basic pieces to the next level. From neutral colours to high-quality investments, accessories, and classic silhouettes, I've got you covered with tips and tricks to achieve the timeless and effortless style that French women are known for.

Having a wardrobe filled with basic clothing items is essential for creating stylish and versatile outfits. Basic pieces are versatile, timeless, and can be dressed up or down, making them an excellent investment for your wardrobe.

In this post, we will explore how to elevate your style by transforming simple pieces and incorporating accessories to create stylish everyday outfits.


Basic clothing items are the foundation of a wardrobe, and they are essential pieces that are versatile, timeless, and can be mixed and matched to create various outfits. These items are typically neutral in colour, simple in design, and made of high-quality materials.

Some examples of basic clothing items include a white t-shirt, a black blazer, a pair of blue jeans, a little black dress, a camel-coloured coat, or a white button-down shirt. These pieces are important for several reasons:

  • Versatility: Basic clothing items can be dressed up or down, making them suitable for a variety of occasions.

  • Timelessness: Basic pieces are typically classic in design and never go out of style, which makes them an excellent investment.

  • Cost-effective: Since basic pieces are versatile and can be worn in many different ways, you can save money in the long run by investing in a few high-quality basic items instead of many trendy pieces.

  • Mix and Match: Basic pieces can be easily mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe to create different looks, saving you time and effort when getting dressed.


When it comes to basics, investing in high-quality pieces will ensure they last for years to come. This is a way to be more sustainable because you will be able to get many more uses out of that garment without having to buy a new one every season. If you find it difficult to know how to choose good quality garments, here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  • Material: The fabrics are essential for choosing a good quality garment. Look for pieces made of durable materials like cotton, linen, wool, merino wool, cashmere and silk. These materials not only look good but also last longer than synthetic fabrics.

  • Craftsmanship: Check for good quality construction and attention to detail, such as reinforced seams and buttons.

  • Fit: Basics should fit well and be comfortable to wear. Consider the shape and cut of the item, and make sure it flatters your body shape. And don't forget you should look at this garment 360; sometimes, we focus on the front, but as important is the back.

  • Brand: Consider the brand's reputation and commitment to quality. Look for brands known for quality and durability, but don't just go by that; read the labels and make sure the fabrics are what you are looking for, avoiding synthetic materials.

  • Price: High-quality items tend to be a bit more expensive, but the investment is worth it in the long run. Remember, when you buy low-quality products, they usually last for one or two seasons; high-quality products have higher prices because they are made with a lot of detail so that they do not deform and last for many years. In the long run, the price you will pay per use will be much lower for a good-quality garment because you will be able to use it for longer.

  • Care instructions: If your time is limited and you need to machine wash your clothes easily, look for basics that can be easily cared for; cotton is one of the most manageable fabrics to maintain and can be machine washed.

By keeping these tips in mind when shopping for basic clothing items, you can ensure that you are investing in pieces that will last and provide you with a stylish wardrobe for years to come.


Taking basic clothing items and elevating them to create stylish outfits is all about incorporating different elements to add interest and personality to your look. One way to elevate basic pieces is to use accessories, such as statement jewellery or a bold bag, to complement your outfit.

Another way to elevate your wardrobe is to mix and match basic and add textured items in new and unexpected ways.


Accessorizing for Style

Accessories are crucial in elevating your style and adding a touch of personality. When choosing accessories to complement your basic pieces, consider their colour, shape, and material. For example, opt for a statement necklace to add interest to a simple white t-shirt or choose bold earrings to add some flair to a classic black dress. When selecting shoes and bags, consider investing in neutral-coloured items that can be easily paired with a variety of outfits.

  • Jewellery: Choose pieces that are timeless and versatile, such as pearls, gold or silver hoop earrings, and delicate necklaces. Opt for statement pieces that can be worn with multiple outfits, like a bold pendant necklace or statement earrings.

  • Shoes: Invest in high-quality shoes that are both comfortable and stylish. Classic options like a pair of black pumps, ankle boots, or white sneakers can be dressed up or down and paired with a variety of outfits.

  • Bags: Choose a bag that complements your personal style and wardrobe. Consider options like a neutral-coloured tote, a structured crossbody, or a chic clutch. Invest in a high-quality leather bag that will last and get better with age.

  • Belts: A belt can define your waist and your silhouette, making it a great accessory to elevate basic outfits. Choose a belt in a neutral colour that will match multiple outfits or a colourful one if all your outfit is in neutral colours.

  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses can add a stylish touch to basic outfits, and they protect your eyes from the sun. You can choose a timeless and versatile style or be brave and try a bold colour or different shape.

  • Hair Accessories: Hair accessories like a simple headband, a scarf, or a hair clip can add a touch of glam to a boring look.

  • Scarves: Scarves can add colour and texture to basic outfits. Choose a scarf in a neutral colour that can be paired with multiple outfits, or opt for a statement scarf in a bold print.


Mix and match and add textured items

Creating stylish everyday outfits using basic pieces is all about mixing and matching basic garments, and adding textured items in new and unexpected ways is a great way to elevate your basic outfits and create stylish, fashion-forward looks. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Experiment with different textures: Textured garments, like knits, corduroys, and denim, can add depth and interest to an outfit. Try pairing a textured top with a smooth bottom, or vice versa, to create a visually appealing look.

  • Play with patterns: Mixing patterns can be a great way to elevate a basic outfit. Try pairing a striped shirt with a floral skirt or mix-and-match prints of different sizes and scales.

  • Use accessories to add texture: Accessories like scarves, hats, and bags can add texture and interest to a basic outfit. Experiment with materials like suede, leather, and wool to add dimension to your look.

  • Layer: Layering is a great way to add texture and depth to an outfit. Try wearing a chunky knit sweater over a collared shirt, or layer a denim jacket over a t-shirt and jeans.

  • Mix casual and formal elements: Mixing casual and formal elements is a great way to add interest to a basic outfit. Try wearing a t-shirt with a blazer and heels, or pair a button-down shirt with denim jeans and sneakers.

These are some of the ways we have to elevate those outfits that at first seem boring but can be much more exciting than they look. By incorporating basic clothing items into your wardrobe and elevating them with accessories and statement pieces, you can create stylish and versatile outfits that reflect your personal style.

Remember to focus on high-quality items, mix and match different pieces, and experiment with different textures and patterns to elevate your basic style. With these tips, you'll be able to create a wardrobe that is both practical and stylish.


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