HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR BASICS
No longer just weekend wear, basics are having a big moment. From the Row’s utilitarian poplin shirts to Calvin Klein’s perpetually sleek maxis, we’re seeing simple pieces everywhere these days. But doing it right can be tricky: you donâ€™t want to end up looking frumpy when you’re going for French it-girl. Over Saturday morning conversation that strayed from our favorite pancake toppings to crop tops and back again, Sinners & Saints founder Christine D’Amore dished on her favorite recipes to make your basics anything but boring.
On Getting Dressed (And Pancakes):Â “When you’re making pancakes, you start with a recipe. Then you can throw in whatever you want and make them special, but the basic recipe doesn’t change.” Like pancakes, Christine insists the secret to a great outfit is knowing your basic recipe.
She recommends refining a few basic silhouettes that work for your body and suit your aesthetic. For her, that might mean aÂ crop topÂ + wideleg pant + sandals one day, or aÂ white tankÂ + skinny jeans + heels the next- both totally different, but still her.
Define Your Basic Recipe:Â The biggest mistake people make when getting dressed, we learned, is trying to reinvent the wheel every day. “This doesn’t need to be difficult. Do you like to wear tank tops? Grab a tank top. Hate wearing skirts? Don’t keep them in your closet.” (In other words, if crop tops aren’t your thing, don’t buy them.)
Stock Up On These Basics:Â “I’m all about inexpensive basics. H&M, Zara, Forever 21…” says Christine.
When you’re shopping for budget basics, look for simple shapes and minimal details. Just make sure everything fits, and stick with fabrics that feel good on your skin.
Add 1 Statement Piece That Embodies Your Style:Â Make even the most predictable basics your own with (no surprise here) a statement accessory. A white tee is instantly edgy with the addition of a leather jacket, preppy with pearl studs and canvas sneakers, or fashion-forward with a pair of boyfriend jeans and bright heels.
Swap Out Your Basic Ingredients:Â Once you’ve mastered your basic silhouette and extras, you can easily change up the ingredients. If youâ€™re a red lipstick girl, swap it for coral; if you always wear your hair down, throw it up in a messy pony.
We’re envisioning a wardrobe we’ll love for years to come, and less time spent getting dressed…maybe we’ll finally have time to master that pancake recipe.
Now you: Would you ever try creating a “recipe” for your outfits?
PhotoÂ Creds: ErikÂ Jimenez- BeautyStory Studio
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