Since people people in Francisco don’t dress up, dressing up basics to be more fashionable has become my forte. The 3 simple rules I always follow to make basic outfits look fashionable and chic are: focus on fit, high-quality basics, and accessorize with jewelry like stackable rings.

How to make a basic outfit look chic:

Fit: Fit is the easiest and most important factor to looking more chic. You probably can’t tell but I cut 3″ off these jeans to fit my height. You want it to look like the clothes were made for you. If you’re wearing something oversized like a sweater, make sure it’s obvious that the fit is supposed to be oversized and limit the number of oversized clothes you’re wearing. In example, if you’re wearing an oversized sweater, wear jeans that aren’t oversized.

Quality: It is always better to invest in a few quality basics than have a ton of cheap basics. When you invest in quality pieces you’ll wear them more, it’ll look better and last longer. I understand everyone has different budgets so when it comes to “quality” I’m talking more about the condition of the clothing article and what material it’s made of. Is it faded, is the fabric pilling, is it stretched out? If the answer is yes to any of them, ask yourself if it’s worth keeping and if it “sparks joy”. It might be time to toss and replace it with something less more fresh.

Accessorize: Accessorizing is the best way to add personal flair to any outfit. Since my outfit is simple I dressed it up by wearing Gucci sneakers, a Gucci handbag, and gold jewelry specifically stackable rings. Even if your outfit is extremely casual, wearing fashion-forward shoes will instantly make you more polished. Shoes and handbags are my favorite pieces to invest in since it lasts for years and makes a huge impact on your outfit.

The next time you’re attempting to look fashionable, chic and casual keep these 3 rules in mind! It’s all about fit, quality, and accessories.

Wearing Reformation hunter sweater, Black high-waisted Hidden Jeans, Gucci Ace GG bees sneakers, Gucci vintage handbag (new version here)and Gorjana jax hoop earrings.

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