From Simple to Stylin’: Button-Up and Jeans Edition

13 Mar

Before & After Updating a Basic Look
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Top: Express
Jeans: New York and Company
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Michael Kors
Clutch: Neiman Marcus

We all get into style ruts when we find ourselves wearing the same things over and over, but there are always little adjustments you can make to a look to take it from something that looks simple and ordinary to something that looks chic and fashionable.

This series focuses on covering simple tips that can elevate the basic pieces that we often gravitate to.

Here I’ve just thrown on skinny jeans and a chiffon button-up. On their own they’re great pieces, and put together they make a fine outfit, but it’s rather simple.

To take this look from simple to stylin’ I made the following tweaks:

  1.  I rolled up the sleeves of my button-up three quarters way up (to right below my elbows).
  2. I tucked in the top so you could actually see my belt.
  3. I cuffed my jeans so instead of gathering at my feet they hit a little above my ankle.
  4. I switched out the flip-flops for these fun strappy shoes.
  5. And I accessorized with a chunky watch and a cute clutch.

Rolling up sleeves keeps them out of the way, and makes top more appropriate for warmer weather. It’s also a great way to dress down more formal tops.

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I love tucking in tops in general because it accentuates your waist and allows you to show off your belt even with a longer top. With button-ups you can do a full or a half tuck and both look equally flattering.

Here I chose to cuff my jeans specifically because the shoes I wanted to wear hit higher on my calf and I didn’t want the excess fabric at my ankles to be draw from those gorgeous shoes. When you’re wearing simple pieces like I am in this outfit it’s always a great opportunity to showcase your more interesting shoes.

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I love my watch, and I’ve found that the chunky piece goes well with nearly any outfit and is a great statement piece.  Whether your favorite statement piece is a great necklace or a bold necklace, it can really add a lot to a simple look such as this one. And then I added my blue clutch for a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

And to all my blogger followers I’d love to see your take on “From Simple to Stylin'”. I know we all have out little style tricks that we use to brighten up an otherwise ordinary look. If you link to this post with your own Simple to Stylin’ post, I’ll make sure to share it with my readers as well!

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5 Responses to “From Simple to Stylin’: Button-Up and Jeans Edition”

  1. Lubka Christova March 14, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    ​Great idea! I like how you’ve put together the basics in this outfit 🙂

    I like styling basics – it’s safe and can be very chic if done right. I just did one basic outfit this week on my blog too.

    Do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin, dear?

    Lu,
    http://www.balgarka.co.uk

  2. fabfashionaire March 15, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    Great idea and I love the result! 🙂
    Rathana xx FabFashionaire.com

  3. Fancy Nancy March 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Hey girl! This post inspired me, check out my simple to styling post here! http://www.fancynancista.com/2014/03/casual-to-dressy.html#more

    ❤ ❤

  4. Harija March 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    You look amazing and so chic!!

    • Mega R. April 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Aww thank you Harija!

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